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siberian spruce trees in finland’s riisitunturi national park become covered in a hard rime known as tykky as supercooled water droplets in fog freeze to the windward side of their branches. some trees can collect as much as four tonnes of this white ice, which is less dense than the familiar clear ice. photos by (click pic) pekka koski, rafael rojas, jarmo manninen, sven zacekniccoló bonfadini and hanneke luijting

Top Shot: Three Roe Deer

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An aerial photo of three roe deer before sunset in Estonia. Photograph by Sven Zacek

Top Shot: Eyes of the Storm

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Portrait of a Great Grey Owl in heavy snowfall in Finland. Photograph by Sven Zacek

Dawn over the forest

As the rays of our radiant orb reach the terminator (the line dividing day from night at any one moment) they hit the world at a glancing angle, only to be revealed by the groundmist rising from the lakes dotting the woodland. The mist rises because water holds its heat better than air, so during the night the air cools faster, and the water starts to evaporate into the colder atmosphere. Many waterways see this phenomenon regularly. I can tell in my village in southern France from the time the valley filling fog burns off how nice and sunny the day will be. The later the better, if it’s still foggy at 11 am then the rest of the day is guaranteed gorgeous.

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Image credit: Sven Zacek/ GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year