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Home - by - February 24, 2012 - 17:30 America/New_York - 5 Comments


Are aliens giving up cornfields for cold, mountain air?

Nope. Turns out these incredibly awesome snow designs are the work of decidedly human artist Simon Beck, who takes the concept of a crop circle to new heights by strapping on a pair snowshoes and getting to work.

“They are made by a kind of reverse orienteering,” he explains on his Yahoo! Groups page. “The main lines and points are surveyed using a sighting compass (as used for surveying orienteering maps), with distance either by pace counting or string.”

It can take Beck hours of trudging around in the snow to create his masterpieces, which can run the size of a soccer field. Why go to the trouble?

“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,” he says. “Gradually the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.”


Paultards are not convinced. They say this Beck guy is just a front and these were actually made by aliens.

More here

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  1. Nunya

    February 24th, 2012

    There IS still beauty and hard work for its own sake still in the world if we only choose to see it

    Which is why lefty pr0g haterz will never see either

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  2. Goldenfoxx

    February 24th, 2012


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  3. Dr. Tar

    February 24th, 2012

    So how many steps does it take to do one of these? Seems Mr. Beck must be getting at least 10,000 steps in doing his art and we get to enjoy his work.

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  4. Hannah

    February 24th, 2012

    Only you bfh could take something so beautiful and turn it into a way to put down people who support Ron Paul. Oh well it’s still gorgeous. I’ll keep being a paultard and enjoy it anyway. =D

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  5. wsorrian

    February 24th, 2012

    How many of you old farts thought of Q-bert?

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