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6. Stunning video of pink snow on Wedge Mountain

Wedge Mountain July 2016, photo by James Frystak

James Frystak is not new to citizen science. As a professional expedition photographer and videographer, he spent ten days inside the fumarole ice-caves of an episodically active volcano where he assisted scientists studying the climate, mapping the caves, and collecting samples in a search for life in extremely harsh conditions.

Compared to life in an ice cave filled with steaming noxious gases, life on the snow doesn’t seem so extreme!

James heard about the B.C. Snow Algae project last summer after he’d seen pink snow on Wedge Mountain. Fortunately for us, he caught some gorgeous footage of acres of pink snow blooming in some pretty spectacular mountain scenery. James notes that the snow was hard packed and overlay a glacier, leading us to wonder, yet again, how did the algae get there? How do snow algae colonize each season’s snow?

Deep gratitude to James for producing a beautiful video ode to the pink snow of Wedge Mountain. Enjoy!

by James Frystak

You can see more photography and videos by James on his website, James Frystak Studio.

Follow the BC Snow Algae Project at Snow Algae Reports.



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Lynne Quarmby

Lynne Quarmby

Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University; Climate watcher and snow algae researcher