Photos from Snowy Berlin

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It finally happened! This is our third winter living in Berlin, and it finally snowed enough to mention it. Previously the snow seemed to melt as quickly as it fell. This year, the snow covered everything, and there was a buzz of excitement in the air as everyone was outside playing in it. Some of the snow sculptures decorating our winter wonderland were really creative, too. Of course, we had a few other snowy days that were far too cold (-21C with windchill!) to play outside, but also made some interesting photos. On the coldest days, even the Spree froze, and after the icebreakers had gone along the river, the large sheets of ice created some cool patterns on the river.

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On one of the earlier snow days, the Engelbecken (Angel's Pool) completely froze over. The ice was not too thick, but a flock of black-headed gulls was still able to stand on it. Occasionally one of their legs would slip through the ice, but the bird would calmly lift it up and shake off the chilly water. Too cold for me!

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Shooting the snow falling was new for me. When we lived in Victoria, we didn't have so many snow days either (although that seems to have changed in the last couple of years too). But I used the shadow of the bridge to help the snowflakes stand out and create a gradient of dark flakes on light sky to light flakes on a dark background. I also like that there are some bright colours to complement all the grey, both above and below the bridge.                           

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And of course, there were a lot of people outside playing in the snow and creating a variety of snow sculptures! These aren't your typical snowmen. The beer bottle cap eyes and cigarette gave them a distinctively Berlin vibe. Here are a few of my favourites. 

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