The beastly snow-covered trees of Japan’s Hakkoda Mountains
Sho Shibata captures the beastly snow-covered trees of Japan’s Hakkoda Mountains
A few years back, photographer Sho Shibata traversed the frozen landscapes of Aomori’s Hakkoda Mountains documenting the otherworldly formations that cover the slopes. Heavy, icy snow cloaks the countless trees that populate the region, morphing the arboreal vistas into frigid hoodoo-like characters.
“This is my favourite place to visit when it is cold like this because it transforms into a wonderland,” Shibata says. “When I first saw them, I thought there were lots of snowmen. What’s incredible is how they all look so similar. They look like snow monsters, like they are ghosts.”
Rising to 5,200 feet, Hakkōda is a popular ski destination in the winter, when temperatures plunge and dry, powdery snow blankets the volcanic peaks. “I moved from mountain to mountain. Temperatures got as low as -8 degrees Celsius while I was up there,” he said. “This meant I was able to capture walkers on their journey.”
Grace Ebert for ThisisColossal.com. February 2023.