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Photo essay: Below freezing in Bangor, Maine

While residents in New York and New England scramble to shovel themselves out of the latest snowstorm before the next one hits, a photo essay in the Bangor Daily News, curated by visual editor Brian Feulner, brings out the artistic side of snow-covered streets and parka-bundled Northerners.

People use pick poles to guide ice blocks to the galamander they use to lift the ice blocks from the water.  With the exception of a few munites use of a chainsaw the ice harvesting tools used by  the crew are the same as they would have been in the 1930's. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

People use pick poles to guide ice blocks to the galamander they use to lift them from the water. With the exception of a few minutes’ use of a chainsaw, the ice harvesting tools used by the crew are the same as they would have been in the 1930’s. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

For the past five months, Feulner and fellow photogs ventured out to capture the sights of a sub-zero Bangor, Maine, because, as he explained, readers love a weather story.

“Instead we have shivering photographers trying to be artful in a New England ‘tundra’ who love nothing more than having their photos on a news site or in print delivered straight to you and your warm and comfortable office desk, living room or kitchen table.”

Horses in the light snow at a Newburgh farm.  Snow was falling for a good portion of the day Monday and acording to the National Weather Service the mild weather will continue with snow and rain on some of the next few days. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

Horses in the light snow at a farm in Newburgh, Maine. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

Feulner, a Maine photographer accustomed to shooting in the cold, also said that not only do photographers have to go out in the cold weather for the photos, but freezing temperatures often wreak havoc on expensive camera equipment. That is, if photographers can successfully keep their equipment from falling into a bottomless snow pit.

View more photos from the newspaper on tonight’s NewsHour Shares segment on the PBS NewsHour and see the full essay on Bangor Daily News’ photo blog Collage.

A man tries his luck catching smelts through a crack in the ice of the Penobscot River about 25-30 yards from the Brewer shore Saturday afternoon.  The man didn't want to be identified, but he said he didn't catch anything. He measured the ice where he was fishing and it was 16 inches thick. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

A man tries his luck catching smelts through a crack in the ice of the Penobscot River that flows through Bangor, Maine. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

A leaf lays on the snow in Bangor during a fall storm in central Maine. The storm hit just a few days before Election Day. Photo by Brian Feulner/Bangor Daily News

A leaf lays on the snow in Bangor during a fall storm in central Maine. The storm hit just a few days before Election Day. Photo by Brian Feulner/Bangor Daily News

Downed lines on Sanford Street in Bangor left the road closed and area residents unable to leave their homes after a November storm brought several inches of wet snow to central Maine. Photo by Brian Feulner/Bangor Daily News

Downed lines on Sanford Street in Bangor left the road closed and area residents unable to leave their homes after a November storm brought several inches of wet snow to central Maine. Photo by Brian Feulner/Bangor Daily News

A pigeon eats berries in a snow covered tree on a November morning in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to the central Maine on Thanksgiving Day. Photo by Brian Feulner/Bangor Daily News

A pigeon eats berries in a snow covered tree on a November morning in Bangor. A storm brought several inches of snow to the central Maine on Thanksgiving Day. Photo by Brian Feulner/Bangor Daily News

Ice covers branches in Holden, Maine, on Christams day. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

Ice covers branches in Holden, Maine, on Christams day. Photo by Gabor Degre/Bangor Daily News

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