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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Day 28 Reasons to walk

Day 28 Reasons to walk ... everyone has a reason!
I have lots of reasons to walk30 and to write this blog everyday. Some of my reasons have to do with my own fitness and being consistent in my walking habit and other reasons have to do with promoting the Minds In Motion KW Walking Classic and making a difference in the lives of those who are dealing with the stigma attached to mental illness. Those are some of my reasons but everyone has their own and this story came to me through am email today .. what an amazing reason to walk and what beautiful results!
Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.

How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, '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. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera. Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!

Way to go Simon ... and thank you for creating such amazing snow art!
Walk On Strong!

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