Building a Quiznee and Steel Wool Photography



A quinzee is shelter that is made out of snow. It is different and much faster to build than an igloo because you start with solid pile snow and then dig out the inside. You want to ensure that where your starting has a significant amount of snow on the ground.


If it’s a hike from the car you may need snowshoes, especially with all that extra weight from your gear. We brought two shovels, one of them being a small avalanche shovel that made digging out the inside much easier.


Oh.. You caught me mending my fences <—- Link


The snow was EXTREMELY dry and powdery that day, it was almost like shoveling sand. We did our best to pack it down as we went but we were beginning to think that with such powdery snow it may not hold together well enough to dig out later.



Even with the -10c temperatures that day, we had to start shedding layers from the work out of shoveling all that snow.


Despite the quality of snow, a few hours later we had enough piled. At this point you want to let it settle/cure for at least 2-3 hours. Even with powder snow, it should solidify pretty well.


To pass the time we made some tea and played frisbee on the frozen pond.



Once it was dark we still had a few hours to kill before we could start digging it out. I had brought some steel wool to try some long exposures with it. Here is a link I found on how these kind of shots are achieved.



We did the final exposure with my brother standing on the quiznee.


With enough time passing, we started the process of digging out the inside. At this point you always want at least one other person with you, in case of a cave in.


It wasn’t long until we had enough removed to fit inside


We had one final cup of tea and called it a night. I had used the snowshoes as a windbreak for the stove. Despite the -10c temperatures, we were both warm the whole night inside the quiznee.





By |2017-06-07T13:00:29+00:00December 17th, 2012|Overnight Hikes|263 Comments


  1. kbosin December 17, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

    this is fantastic!

  2. prophetsandprofits December 17, 2012 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Patrick, you make me want to quit my job and head for the hills. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

  3. arjun bagga December 17, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

    WoW, I have never seen something like this before. Amazing images

  4. susielindau December 17, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I love this Patrick! Beautiful photos!
    My son slept in a snow cave that he made with the Boy Scouts.
    I would love to do it sometime. Snow would be softer than pebbly ground…

  5. EditrixAbby December 17, 2012 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Your steel wool spinning photos are so beautiful! And that last shot with the stars? Oooooh!
    Do you ever take people/groups on guided hikes?

  6. jjotter December 17, 2012 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Man, I am freezing just watching you in all that snow! It’s cold here in Texas. It’s currently 42F. Haha! You were out there a long time and you survived on green tea alone? πŸ˜‰

  7. mobius faith December 17, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Really cool photos and story. Great stuff.

  8. Guineveresj December 17, 2012 at 8:21 am - Reply

    What an adventure! That magnificent night sky- what a reward! Incredible.

  9. fransiweinstein December 17, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Amazing! Love the steel wool ‘fireworks’.

  10. sanjyotlupo December 17, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Just fabulous!!! Very Dreamy…

  11. Kathy Snay December 17, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on NatureOnNotice and commented:
    The simplicity of this short video in contrast to today’s news-centric world resonated with me today —memories of childhood wonder.

  12. marga t. December 17, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Thank you for the transport to another world, wow!

  13. cythereandreams December 17, 2012 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Incredible pictures, and I learned something too :). New scrabble word – quiznee!

  14. tableofcolors December 17, 2012 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Lovely photography and a fun story!

  15. kalabalu December 17, 2012 at 8:37 am - Reply

    splendidly creative and envious too..of the snow and you :))

  16. kalabalu December 17, 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:
    so amazing

  17. tiny lessons blog December 17, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Please find the details at Congratulations!

  18. lisavail December 17, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Such a pleasure to see snow as I sit here looking out on yet another warm, rainy day in Atlanta. Your photography is just amazing! My sister and her boyfriend just stopped by and the three of us (all photography hobbyists) marveled at how you captured the stars at night, as well as the sparking steel wool with no blurring. Please enlighten us!

  19. Erin Bartels December 17, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

  20. jcholman December 17, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    That was awesome.. so different then camping in MidwestUS-cool!

  21. lisavail December 17, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Eco-Awesome! and commented:
    I don’t follow a lot of blogs, but I sure love when Canadian photographer Patrick Latter puts up new images of his snowy escapades. This fellow is the epitome of Eco-Awesomeness!

  22. John December 17, 2012 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Great job!! Love the photos. πŸ™‚

  23. Michelle Gillies December 17, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    That is pretty kool (no pun intended). I have never heard of a quinzee before now and appreciated the step by step guide so I could comprehend what it actually was. The steel wool photos are amazing.
    You certainly do go from one extreme to the other. I’m pretty sure your last several posts were from Maui. πŸ˜‰

  24. Stacey December 17, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Such a great post! Each photo seemed to get better as it went along. The photos with the steel wool were AMAZING! It was also fun to see all that snow. I hail from Minnesota but have been living in Ireland for several years. There’s not much snow in Ireland. I miss it. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Mark1 December 17, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I have to try this. Thanks you. Very cool.

  26. dougstinson December 17, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

    When I was a child, I hollowed out the piles of snow created by snow plows at street intersections in my home of Milford, NH. Your story brought back great memories! Your photographs are wonderful. All of the B&W express a great mood, and the shot standing under the stars is georgeous. I’m going to check out the steel wool thing!

  27. Jmlight December 17, 2012 at 9:51 am - Reply

    wow! I guess you already know you take amazing photos – did you see those beautiful little swirls in the green tea picture? The quiznee looks like it would be as warm as a meat locker πŸ™‚ I might be claustrophobic – I think I’d rather be out under that gorgeous expansive night sky. It’s a gift from the Universe to all of us that you were born in such a beautiful place with the skills to share it – Thanks.

  28. Across Leather December 17, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    As always, killer photography, tons of fun and a great site! A fine example of making the most of life!!

  29. theprosaiczoomer December 17, 2012 at 10:00 am - Reply

    This post was absolutely great. The burning steel wool shots were incredible. Thank you very much for posting.

  30. Doug Fairburn NFP December 17, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Fantastic. Everyone needs this type of adventure at least once in their life

  31. rosemarychristlerenaud December 17, 2012 at 10:06 am - Reply

    just beautiful. Is that a Tremblant ski pass I see?

  32. Jody and Ken December 17, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Great photos–the steel work shots were incredible!–especially the very last shot of you(?) standing outside the shelter entrance with the mts.and sky in the background.

    –Don’t you have to worry about a cave-in during the night?

    –I assume that you still used sleeping bags.

    –Don’t you have to worry about suffocation if you use the lantern inside the quiznee?



  33. inkspeare December 17, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    So peaceful and beautiful πŸ™‚

  34. thevalueofsparrows December 17, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I have only one word, and that is: cool.

  35. jmlight December 17, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on J M LIGHT and commented:
    Gorgeous photography. Just in case you haven’t been introduced to this photog blog yet, it’s worth looking at. The landscapes are gorgeous, and make sure you look closely at the tea cup, and the swirling heat rising from it.

  36. gatesitter December 17, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Awesome, breath taking, spectacular, beautiful, I could go on and on but think you get the idea…WOW!!!!

  37. Rejoice For The Day December 17, 2012 at 10:48 am - Reply

    This is very cool! The pics are fantastic, as always!

  38. nakaphotography December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Very cool long exposures and original shoot. Cheers for sharing!

  39. buckylb December 17, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Well, how cool is this entry!!! Love the Quiznee lesson!

  40. Greisy December 17, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I absolutely enjoyed your adventure and gorgeous photography! Thanks for sharing.

  41. kiwiskan December 17, 2012 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Great photos of an interesting process. Liked the steel wool, and will be looking at the link

  42. hhblogangel December 17, 2012 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Very, very cool! The quiznee AND the steel wool photography, both are sensational. Thanks for the great pictures and video.

  43. ideflex December 17, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    We used to build these as kids – now I know their name! What a great adventure….

  44. David December 17, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    That looks like a fare bit of snow! πŸ™‚
    The burning steel wool shots are very cool as well as the starry sky.

  45. woolgather18 December 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Patrick…this is beautiful..


    – s

  46. asklotta December 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos!

  47. Mike Knoche December 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply


  48. Jesse Cahill December 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm - Reply


  49. Sigrun December 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply


  50. Hazer December 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Seems like a fulfilling experience. Carry on. Great scenery and photos by the way

  51. Caitlin December 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    looks like a lot of fun!

  52. Inked Pen December 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply


  53. fliker1970 December 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    WOW, Amazing photos

  54. Rhonda December 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pics!

  55. Paul Smith December 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    The steel wool shots are absolutely amazing!

  56. The Fat One December 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    It looks so beautiful, it would almost be worth the unbearable cold. Almost.

  57. maryamchahine December 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Learned something new today – I had never heard of a quiznee. It looks easy from your photographs, but I’m sure it is not. I couldn’t imagine being out in those temperatures either. You guys are brave! Steel wool photography is amazing. Loved the info and amazing images! Keep them coming : )

  58. valecala December 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Super pictures! πŸ™‚

  59. Laura Hedgecock December 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome. Where was this?

  60. Touring NH December 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Very cool, Love the steel wool idea

  61. naturesnippets December 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    WHat a fasinating experience.

  62. Carnspindle's Poetry Corner December 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Wow!! You never cease to amaze with your photographic skills, this is mega!! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  63. Mahogany December 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    So beautiful

  64. Mary Gilmartin December 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tutorial on how to build a quinzee.

  65. bluebrightly December 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Wonderful post – thank you.

  66. aidaspeaksup December 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I live in a tropical country with nothing but the humidity and monsoon rain. Thanks for posting all those wonderful pictures to let me have a visual experience of the snow. Sure, I can google for them. But your pictures are amazing! Worth being on my news feed. Keep it coming! =)

  67. campfirememories December 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    My son and son-in-law are building one of these right now in the front yard overlooking Mt. Schweitzer in Sandpoint Idaho. Two feet of new snow! Thanks for the tutorial. πŸ˜‰

  68. wedgeintheround December 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful images and adventure!

  69. myritingboard December 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Should i get lost in the wild i’d like it to be with you. Can you hunt and fight off bears as well? The pictures are of a rare Beauty to see. Thank-you for posting.

  70. NativeNM December 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Just Amazing!!!

  71. Pooja M (Optimisme) December 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    These photos are amazing πŸ™‚

  72. Bashar A. December 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Patrick, you have quickly become of my favorite photographers to follow πŸ™‚
    You really inspire me to take better images

  73. Catherine Burden (@AlwaysARedhead) December 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful.

  74. justmusing December 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Much like man landing on the moon ; ) super! (i.e,. actually better : you had tea..)

  75. rmcmahon411 December 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I’m so out of my comfort zone, not being able to click “like” on every one of the photos. I’m a fan! Maybe a crazy one! I’m so glad you popped over to my blog.

  76. Taygibay December 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    LOL Patrick, you look like a sixteen y-o kid on these. πŸ˜€ Very nice as usual, Tay.

  77. MattyH December 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Amazing long exposure effects.

  78. sallywoodphotography December 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Dare I say this was alot of big boy fun!? I grew up in Northern Minnesota, and this what we did all day, was to dig caves and tunnels, etc in the hug lawns of snow that were up to 4-5ft high…. great shots and story, really enjoyed.

  79. tarasinherheadagain December 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful life you seem to live!

  80. birchpoet December 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks Patrick. Really took me there! Great shots and commentary.

  81. gtonthenet December 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Great photos!

  82. howevernever December 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Truly breathtaking pictures; thank you for sharing!

  83. Mrs Bushranger December 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Wow! …hard to find the words….

  84. skipping girl design December 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm - Reply


  85. elmdriveimages December 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Patrick: Beautifully done! :You must have a ball out there. Be safe! Great color!

  86. ramblingsfromamum December 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    What a lot of effort you guys go to for your photos and what an amazing life you lead. πŸ™‚

  87. jasminelovesblog December 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos!

  88. killkaties December 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Beautiful images!

  89. Aline December 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply


  90. rutakintome December 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Stunning! Can I have your life for a few days? Thanks.

  91. estivalpoet December 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Crazy awesome photography, also awesome video.

  92. The Kaleidoscope December 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm - Reply


  93. katrinamillen December 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Wow incredible photos!!!!!!!!!!!!! The way the light is hitting the snow is breath taking!!!!!!! Cant wait to see some more πŸ™‚

  94. planted oak December 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    patrick, all beautiful pics. my favorite was actually the snowshoes as a wind breaker. felt like something i’d seen my whole life, this practical use of everything around us to get through life in png. –kris

  95. cocobeam December 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Amazing night Photo of the stars!

  96. elettralisboa December 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    It’s incredible how human beings can change the environment to fit them.
    The works of fire are wonderful.

  97. melissakoski December 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Absolutely stunning images. Looks like a lovely adventure.

  98. dorothy cunningham December 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    What a fun adventure! Love that last shot…awesome…

  99. Inge December 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Love it especially your LE shots! Amazing!

  100. Illumi Arzia December 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply


  101. Josh December 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    As always- incredible!

  102. madiebeartri December 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I haven’t seen snow like that since I was a child…a very long time ago. πŸ™‚

  103. Lennie Chua December 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photographs! πŸ˜‰

  104. Moonjean December 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    You are cool !

  105. iamninjas December 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    You’re awesome.

  106. Kenny December 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Wow, these are absolutely killer! Well done

  107. flowerchild28 December 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Amazing! send some of the snow to the Ottawa area please!

  108. h0tchocolate December 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm - Reply


  109. Eva Taylor December 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Truly incredible photos. Were you not concerned that the snow would cave in during the night?

  110. Sarah Pace December 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Winston, you’re a beauty. Wonderful pictures! Two brave guys I’d say.

  111. EyeOfaWe December 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Great photos… I read another article regarding the long exposure with steel wool, looking forward trying this in the near future.

  112. marylouharris December 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply


  113. knittingwithheart December 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    snow C@@L πŸ™‚

  114. sedge808 December 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    fabulous photos.
    well done !!!

  115. Jim Brennan December 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Your pictures always make me wish I was there.

  116. Love For Pema December 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Wow !! beautiful and magical !!

  117. Imelda December 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm - Reply


  118. December 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    You are gifted and adventurous; a great combination! Thanks for sharing your photos for us all to envy.

  119. glowww333 December 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    gorgeous!!!!! oh wow

  120. A Spare Mind December 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Oh my heavens. As always your photographs are exquisite. Your blogs never, upon ever, disappoint.

  121. Resa McConaghy December 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm - Reply


  122. tammycody December 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos.

  123. A.D. Everard December 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    This is brilliant. I had not heard of a Quiznee before and found this article fascinating. πŸ™‚

  124. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum December 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Great Photos. I like the ones of you in the snow best. It looks so cold and yet you’re in short sleeves. I like the photo of the purplish night sky aso. It reminds me of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

  125. escapingdarkness December 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Awesome stars! and great photos!

  126. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum December 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER: A Modern Gothic Romance and commented:
    And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night” (Genesis 1:

  127. sukiesoriginal December 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Wow! The temperature here just now is 29 Celsius, so it’s really refreshing looking at your snowy landscapes! The burning steel wool looks amazing. I don’t think I’ll try that at home – not in summer, anyway!

  128. ibdesignsusa December 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    The photography was amazing and what beautiful shots. Clicked on the link and saw how you build it and the steel wool. Love it. Thanks for visiting my blog also!

  129. sahedgewitch December 18, 2012 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Eqhatwhat an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing.

  130. The Palladian Traveler December 18, 2012 at 12:25 am - Reply


  131. Constantin December 18, 2012 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Beautifull lighs game, impressive.

  132. Ian Beattie December 18, 2012 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Great post, can’t wait to try the steel wool shots

  133. olawale ogunsola December 18, 2012 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Awesome and cool!

  134. Rexlin Victor December 18, 2012 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Stunning shots!!!

  135. elizabeththomasphotographyofcapecod December 18, 2012 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Absolutely excellent images! Phenomenal!

  136. thehomeheart December 18, 2012 at 5:22 am - Reply

    THAT was very cool πŸ™‚

  137. shannaduffyphotography December 18, 2012 at 5:49 am - Reply

    That is so awesome!! I’ve never seen anything like the steel wool burning!! Wonderful photos!!

  138. Creative garden December 18, 2012 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Wonderful Photos! Thanks so much for sharing!

  139. Dana S. Hugh December 18, 2012 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I am speechless, what a grand show of lines and lights, thank you.

  140. thezoomix December 18, 2012 at 6:59 am - Reply

    beautiful, thank for share

  141. AlwaysMe1 December 18, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I now want to go play in the snow. Which is fitting since our mountains are getting quite a bit right now.

  142. Paul Grignon December 18, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Excellent photos and a very informative post. Now I know how to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures. Fascinating pics of the steel wool demo. Always a pleasure perusing your posts! Happy Holidays!!

  143. ramblingdaisies December 18, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Hey Patrick thanks for following my blog. Your pictures are simply amazing!!

  144. Stephen Hare December 18, 2012 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Your photography and commentary really blesses me. I mean that. Your nature photography and your team being so “in it” just magnifies the awesomeness of our God who made it all. “His eternal nature and attributes are clearly seen through the things which are made, leaving all men without excuse.” Romans 1

    Bless you Patrick! Thanks again.


  145. colormusing December 18, 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

    While this is making me very grateful for my warm, dry apartment, I’m fascinated by this– what’s the origin of the name quiznee?

  146. kelihasablog December 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    These are all jut beautiful… πŸ˜€

  147. restlessjo December 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Fantastic, especially the steel wool element! Merry Christmas, snow boy.

  148. thebloggerssoliloquy December 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    God those are some amazing pictures. Really makes me want to go on an adventure . . . but I can’t afford it. Damn good work though.

  149. bearspawprint December 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

  150. andra carter December 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    INCREDIBLE! all of it. the shelter building, the photos. so cool.

  151. petit4chocolatier December 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    As always; absolutely beautiful. Reminded me of the snow igloos we would make when I was small. We never had light shows with spinning steel wool! This was incredible πŸ™‚

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

  152. russellboyle December 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Patrick, for your blog and also for your long-term support of my wordpress posts. I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

  153. Lawsons Lately December 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Stunning photos. Thank you so much for sharing!

  154. Through His Eyes Imagery December 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    These are amazing. Thanks for sharing! (:

  155. Holden December 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    In the old NATO Winter LRRP school the Gurkha instructors had you make one of these every night in the mountains. And yea you definitely need two people when making one. Great photos.

  156. Maasa December 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Wow.. Very inspiring!

  157. Nik December 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    amazing photos πŸ™‚

  158. IWritetheBlogs December 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Super, super post.

  159. GiggsMcGill Jill December 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Wow – these are just breathtaking! Especially the final photo of the night sky along with the mountain! (And thanks for the steel wool link, fascinating!)

  160. barbarastanley December 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Reminded me of growing up in Michigan. We played for hours in our “less-than-an-igloo.”

  161. fromtheloftabove December 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    wow your photos are incredible!!!

  162. John December 19, 2012 at 12:26 am - Reply

    You know why I follow your blog? Because your images take me places I’ve never been. I learn new things, see new places, and, all in all, your posts always are a bright spot in my day.

  163. Elixir of memories December 19, 2012 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Hi! I have nominated you for the very inspiring blogger award. Visit this link to accept the award!

  164. Louis December 19, 2012 at 3:49 am - Reply

    A superb post.

  165. dianadrengere December 19, 2012 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Amazing. πŸ™‚
    Love the first portrait…

  166. adinparadise December 19, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Awesome post, Patrick. Glad you spent a warm night in your quinzee. Reminds me of Stacey Kent’s song, ‘Ice Hotel’. πŸ™‚

  167. mdphotographers December 19, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Blown away by the images in this blog post! Amazing..

  168. harperfaulkner December 19, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Beyond belief wonderful! Thank you for allowing me to experience this and stay warm! HF

  169. monacofashionspot December 19, 2012 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Breathtaking work πŸ™‚ remind me of how beautiful nature is!

  170. plhuyoung December 19, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Thanks for your like on my blog, which lead me to your awesome blog! These pictures are so stunning, and I’ve always wanted to build, as I’ve learned they are called, a quiznee (and had many failed attempts as a child in the snow!). I’ll definitely be back for more, especially on days when I need aesthetic inspiration πŸ™‚

  171. whatsonyourmindmonkeybutt December 19, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Doooode that snow is knee high! brrrr… but oh my gawsh I’m loving the shots here!

  172. Admin December 19, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Amazing! Thanks for following my Celebrate Life! blog and bringing me here. Gorgeous portraits and stunning landscapes, not to mention the fun of trying out new techniques. Thanks for sharing! Jo

  173. twoplustwo08 December 19, 2012 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I love the pictures of the steel wool, it’s beautiful and breathtaking. Thank you for sharing!

  174. greyhousejournal December 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shots! Who knew…steel wool! I remember building such structures as a kid. Glad you enjoy the cold. Personally I “served” all the snow time I plan to by living in the northern Midwest. Southern California suits me much better these days.

  175. key Image Photographers December 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    This looks great fun! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  176. RemarkablyRenee December 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! This is absolutely breathtaking! Everything is simply beautiful! Makes me wish I didn’t live in such a temperate place! The snow looks gorgeous… And the steel-wool long exposure pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  177. StuffIthinkAbout December 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! You’ve been nominated by me for the Liebster Award.

  178. entretroisvolcans December 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    So exotic seen from Guatemala. It also reminded me of my Canadian childhood. Stunning and inspiring photographs!

  179. exceedingspeed December 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! Please find the details at . Congratulations πŸ™‚

  180. dearrosie December 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Wow that snow is deep. Brilliant photos!

  181. DaVida Nature Photography December 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Patrick, I love the steel wool photography – neat idea. Here’s wishing you Happy Holidays and thanks for following My Poetic Spirit. ~Mary

  182. saved in drafts December 20, 2012 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Just… WOW!

  183. Charles Schnyder December 20, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Loved the pic with the stars πŸ™‚ We used to build those kinds of “igloos” in our childhood πŸ™‚ Didn’t know that they were called a quinzee.

  184. Ness December 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Patrick, I usually don’t comment on photos and such, but damn…. your photos are STUNNING. There is something about them, the REALNESS of realism and perfection combined into beauty. They have the quality of truth about them. Thank you.

    • Ness December 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      You have a genuine talent. There are millions of photos out there, but not all of them SPEAK to us. Yours do.

  185. Alice Fox December 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    i am speechless, seriously! beautiful! i wish i could’ve been there, what amazing sights and fantastic photos!

  186. renxkyoko December 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Simply amazing !

  187. keimakoumoto December 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Your wave of lights are very beautiful.

  188. Angel Selden December 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Amazing. This is so inspiring; I’m definitely sharing this with my kids. Way to go out and live your dream!

  189. Descery December 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos!

  190. Kourtney Heintz December 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos with the steel wool. Wow. I love the step by step on how to build a quiznee. Perfect melding of words and photos. πŸ™‚

  191. neverphoto December 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Good stuff, as usual. Always enjoy your photos.

  192. seanbidd December 21, 2012 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Nowhere else but here kind of moments… untethered stars and all.

  193. soulfoood December 21, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Hi, just nominated you for the inspiring blog award πŸ™‚

  194. Rejoycin December 21, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing! It thrills me to observe moments like these that I will likely not experience.

  195. Gregoryno6 December 21, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Doubt I’ll ever see this much snow face to face, but that’s a neat way of using it.

  196. spiritsatnight December 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    The crisp lines and the color’s tones… is so beautiful. And your photography makes me feel like I am right in front of the scenery from the man standing, to the fire spinning, to the night sky with the stars. So beautiful. Thank you-

  197. maribsb83 December 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm - Reply


  198. nutsfortreasure December 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Loved this post better than the rest hmmmm your going to make me want to get out and film SNOW damn!

    Hey wanted to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    I have a STAR too for you but do not think you PLAY ALONG lol oops sorry

    Eunice and JT her BC

  199. Pam December 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I am in awe!

  200. Nita Strudwick December 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos!!!

  201. […] lenses of Canadian Hiking Photography blog by Patrick Latter. While it’s cold outside, I have never seen snow like this and definitely never shovel snow (yet). And oh my gosh, I have not even seen stars like that […]

  202. chudiso December 22, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Nice photos sir!

  203. Victoria December 22, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing.

  204. Harold Green December 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you. I have saved the link.

  205. Kodiak My Little Grizzly December 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    some very amazing photos… we love love love winter around here… thanks for the photos…

    check out some snowboarding photos of kids… not the best quality… iPhones and very snowy weather!!!

  206. nickschrager December 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Excellent photography. I really have to know how you get such a perfectly focused shot of the stars.

  207. wanipunokz December 23, 2012 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Amazing! πŸ™‚

  208. Shaaban Fundi December 23, 2012 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Kibogoji has nominated you for the Liebster award. I love the photos man and learn a lot from you. Keep on blogging and taking those always amazing shots. Go to to access the award. cheers mate!

  209. Raye December 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Enough to make me miss snow!

  210. etpov December 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I really like this post! Inspiring and just beautiful. Makes me wish I was there. πŸ™‚ Happy Hooladays!

  211. jenfbs December 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Loved your photos, they are wonderful. We’re having such a mild winter here in the US I’m holding out hope we’ll get some of the white stuff. In the mean time I just enjoy your pictures and dream πŸ™‚

  212. Jas Baku December 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Love the steel wool images. Hard to believe you can be warm inside a snow cave, but I’ll just have to take your word for it ;~)

  213. charlottecarrendar December 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Really beautiful photography. Totally captured the moments. <3 thanks for sharing.

  214. zirah1 December 24, 2012 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Wow, had no idea burning steel wool could look so magical! What an adventure.

  215. planetbell December 24, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Those are some ridiculously beautiful photos. My favorite: the 2nd steel wool photo and the last one with the stars. Thanks for sharing.

  216. humanTriumphant December 24, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    thanks for sharing with us in your snow-bound fun

  217. Dizzy December 24, 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Hey. Hi. Whoa. STELLAR!

    Happy Xmas, Patrick!

  218. cellogirl2012 December 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Awesome pictures with great details I cannot wait to see more pictures for you to share on this blog.

  219. Robert Boscacci December 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Awesome post!!!! Super beast!

  220. karenkang5 December 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    absolutely loved all of this!

  221. bepcity December 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Wow. These are amazing. So glad to have found your site. Thanks for visiting mine.

  222. mellivinginstuttgart December 25, 2012 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Stunning pictures!

  223. Mominthegarden December 26, 2012 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Beautiful, as always!

  224. briankaam December 26, 2012 at 7:17 am - Reply

    This is so cool!

  225. Kiyara December 26, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    The pictures are stunningly beautiful and so well taken….what camera do you use?

  226. ruthpinto December 27, 2012 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Beautifully captured photo-tale.

  227. BIO-SIL December 27, 2012 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Well that’s novel, original and wonderful. What fun! πŸ™‚

  228. Mama's Gotta Bake December 27, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Stunning photos as usual!

  229. Kodiak My Little Grizzly December 27, 2012 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I forgot to mention in my comment we have built igloos my two older kids and I… It was fun but a ton of work… My brother and I have done this many times in snow drifts digging out tunnels as kids… We just don’t get snow like that anymore… πŸ™
    Thanks for sharing

  230. findyourway2011 December 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Ok, who wants to journey up north and build a quinznee with me?!

  231. keitongstar December 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Japanese green tea! the stars are amazing!!

  232. J. December 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm - Reply


  233. CLF December 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    pretty amazing photo’s πŸ™‚

  234. Rachel Ott December 28, 2012 at 11:42 am - Reply

    As I’m sure you know, your pictures are absolutely incredible. Keep it up!

  235. […] Building a Quiznee and Steel Wool Photography Β« Canadian Hiking Photography. […]

  236. Kris December 29, 2012 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Great Photos

  237. Henrietta Richer December 29, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply

    This is a great photo reportage, such a beautiful place and I’ve learnt a new word Quiznee, thanks.

  238. Shane December 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos! the last one with the stars is my fav.

  239. infinitebeginningsdgw December 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot of the stars, the snow and themountains! But it all looks VERY cold!

  240. myimpressions4u December 30, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    wow, stunning pics πŸ™‚

  241. sunshine and silence December 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Wow! – how cool – L O V E the pictures

  242. Valarielovelight December 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    You have captured some awesome shots of the landscape/sky and alike. Thanks for sharing them.

  243. Along Comes Mary December 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Hi! Since you’re one of my favorite bloggers/photographers on the web, I have nominated you for a Blog of the Year Award!:) Happy New Year! xo

  244. Emma Sarah Tennant December 31, 2012 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Utterly incredible photography, really inspiring.

  245. GalOnTrip December 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    spectacular steel wool photography, great adventure of the cave! i also like the “organic premium japanese green tea” pic. the smoke curls on top look amazing. thanks for visiting/liking my post and have a great new year.

  246. Shards Of DuBois December 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    just gorgeous! you and the photo’s…hehe

  247. Jay Morris December 31, 2012 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Great post! I was spellbound.

  248. Melissa December 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply


  249. Sheedah Dee Cooks... January 3, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Geez, you are really good! Amazing photos!

  250. Willi January 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Kind of excited as you are the only photographer following me right now. Such a beautiful site!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for following! In case you missed it, I thanked you as one of my followers in my last post:

  251. K. A. Young January 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Whyte Dove Press and commented:
    Writers get ideas from the strangest places. Why would anyone stand in the snow, slinging a sparkling piece of steel wool round his head? Just the thought (and sight of it in this video) ought to get a writer’s creative juices a-flowing.

    I recommend Steve Martaindale, author of The Reporter and … stories (see The Reporter and The Ferret and The Hurricane on Amazon–2-for-1 novels from promising new novelist) take a look at this as he plans to set his next novel in the Antarctica. I don’t know how the flaming steel wool and snow quinzee would work together, but it’s bound to spark an idea or two!

  252. 12ec January 4, 2013 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Really like the idea of the sparkles from steel wool , great , it sure gives a great touch to the picture. Thanks

  253. chelseajin January 4, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Steel wool is one of my favorite things to play with!

  254. Barb@CafeToday January 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! Must read up on the steel wool technique. I am such a newbie to photography. I have much to learn. I could only hope to aspire to amateur status compared to these lovely shots. Thanks for all the sharing!

  255. Claire O'Brien January 7, 2013 at 2:57 am - Reply

    WOW! Soon we will all be out of things to say!

  256. Zen Greenway January 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    I want some of that tea.

  257. Teju January 8, 2013 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Spellbound! πŸ™‚

  258. susanmaedetera January 9, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I didnt know that you can create a shelter out of snow! thanks for sharing this….i wonder how it is inside..does it gets warmer than the outside temperature or just the same? anyways, im glad that you have visited my blog because it led me to your very interesting blog. Thanks for liking some of my photos at Gasm Travels. Will surely keep yours on my reader….Happy travels this 2013!

  259. bluephoenixrebel January 10, 2013 at 3:50 am - Reply

    lovely effects!

  260. sheokhanda January 21, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

    the video was best among best. Loved the way light was falling all over the place.

  261. […] seen steel wool photography before? I saw it for the first time about a year ago on the Hiking Photography blog I follow. At the time, we were still living in Louisiana, the holidays were fast approaching, […]

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