Can Hot Tea Freeze in Mid-Air?

It is quite colder in the northern part of Canada during just about any time of the year, yet in the wintertime, temperatures do plummet down to quite incredible lows. An Ontario photographer Michael Davies along with his friend Markus have stood at the top of a mountain and have demonstrated that by throwing their leftover tea out into the air, it creates a dramatic photograph with its instant freezing.

The mountaintop was merely 12.4 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It was fairly close to Pangnirtung, which is a fly-in community where Davies has now worked as a pro photographer for the last ten years. With the weather around (-31F, the tea has kept hot inside of the thermos flask frozen before it ever had even begun to fall towards the snow-topped ground.

These wintertime months in Pangnirtung are about as frigid as they seem to be dark. Between sunrise and each day’s¬†sunset, we really only have about 2 1/2 hours of light, he tells IFLScience.

To get this super incredible photo, some light was actually required. He then drove on a Skidoo over to a very nearby mountain where some of the light, which is now almost always pink-tinted near the winter solstice, will touch and hit the ground.

Nothing was really left to chance here. I just followed the temperature, then I watched for some calm wind and then planned the photo and took the time to set it up,” Davies explained IFLScience.”Even the sun in the middle of the spray was something I was hoping for, even though its impossible to control.

“Even the sunshine that is in the midst of this shower was really something I was really hoping for, although it is not at all possible to control.

Image credit: The Aurora Borealis. Michael Davies/

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