Here’s What Happens When You Throw Hot Tea Into -40F Air… WOW.

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"Around 1pm I jumped on my skidoo along with my friend Markus and we drove 45 minutes to the top of a nearby mountain where the light (which is almost always pink near the solstice) would hit the hills," Davies wrote.

In frigid temperatures, water and moisture in the air can do some crazy things. When Ontario-based photographer Michael Davies got his friend Markus to throw a thermos of hot tea in -40°C weather, he saw just how dramatic it can be: The tea instantly froze into a circle of ice around his body.

The image was captured in Canada's High Arctic, a place that only get about 2 hours of sunshine in the winter. With a small window of opportunity, the photographer had to make sure to get the shot just right. The final snap was even more than he had hoped for -- with the sun in a perfect location, the image was the perfect mixture of fire and ice. See more about how he did it below.

Michael Davies

"Prepared with multiple thermoses filled with tea, we began tossing the water and shooting. Nothing of this shot was to chance, I followed the temperature, watched for calm wind, and planned the shot and set it up. Even the sun in the middle of the spray was something I was hoping for, even though it’s impossible to control."

Michael Davies

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