Thursday, May 3, 2012


Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie , France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.

How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, 'The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.” Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!

Jewish haiku

Drink tea and nourish life;
with the first sip, joy;
with the second sip, satisfaction;
with the third sip, peace;
with the fourth, a Danish.

Wherever you go,
there you are.
Your luggage is another story.

Accept misfortune as a blessing.
Do not wish  for perfect health, or a life without problems.
What would you talk about?

Zen is not easy.
It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have?

The Tao does not speak
The Tao does not blame.
The Tao does not take sides.
The Tao has no expectations.
The Tao demands nothing of others
The Tao is not Jewish.


  1. WOW on that snow art! My daughter bought snowshoes a few years ago, but that was so she could get to her second-floor apartment in Vermont.

  2. If you hadn't shown his face, I would have suggested an alien involvement--like the corn circles. In fact, I still think they're a result of alien intelligence. (just kidding.)

    Nice farmer's tan, Beck.