Watermelon snow, also called snow algae, red snow, or blood snow, is Chlamydomonas nivalis, a species of green algae containing a secondary red carotenoid pigment in addition to chlorophyll. This phenomenon is especially common during the summer months in the Sierra Nevada of California where snow has lingered from winter storms, mainly at altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet. Compressing the snow with your boot leaves a distinct footprint the color of watermelon pulp. The snow even has a fresh watermelon scent.
Photo credit: © Michal Renee
Photographer Charles H. Traub recently released this beautiful series of work, Dolce Via, that transports viewers back in time to Italy in the 1980s. Throughout the decade, the artist frequently visited Italy and captured candid moments of people and places through his lens. The title of the series is a play on dolce vita (“the sweet life”). With one letter missing, Traub’s title translates to “the sweet way.”