I don’t know about you, but this is enough to make me ditch the warm cocoa and hot fires and race off into the snow with my camera and tent.
Okay, not really. But almost.
These pictures were taken by Ben Canales, who actually won the National Geographic Traveler Grand Prize for this year’s Photography Contest for the above photo.
 So awesome, right? Well, continue to be amazed. Let me now introduce you to renowned Norwegian photographer Terje Sørgjerd, who has created one of the coolest time-lapse videos I have EVER seen.
Check it out:
Shot in April of 2011, itis set on El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain.
Above is a still frame from an upcoming video to be entitled “The Fairytale,” and below I’ve added another insanely awesome time lapse video because, well, it’s just that awesome. 

Aren’t these guys just amazing? This takes some real passion and true talent.
To end, I’m going to borrow this quote from Vincent Van Gogh off Ben’s bio page:
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
(Pics courtesy of Urban Times and Google Images. All photos by Ben Canales and Terje Sørgjerd.)