January 2016 on the Palmer Divide

For them folks who ain’t familiar with the Palmer Divide HERE is some information.

For them who ain’t gonna click on the link, the Palmer Divide is responsible for higher snowfalls where we live, even when compared to just a mile away. This morning we went to the gym (it was really slick out — saw one very bad accident on the highway as we drove along the service road) and on the way home I took note of the scenery. After dropping Melisa off, I went back out with the trusty Nikon D7000, the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8, and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. I did not go far . . . about a half mile from our house.


That is an abandoned house, but it looks nice in the snowy landscape. 

By the way, you can click on the photo for a larger view (1280 pixel for the longest dimension) or go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE where you can choose to view the original size photo (9000 x 3300 pixels) by clicking on the ‘size’ icon on the lower right)

All of these photos are from a stretch of road about a quarter of a mile in length. Some of the following are shot from the car, and some had me getting out.



I did something unusual for these shots . . . I used a circular polarizer. In part, to increase the contrast of the sky, but also because the sun beating down on the snow made everything super bright. 

As once can see from the first shot, I also employed one of my favorite techniques; I shot multiple photos and stitched them into panoramas. Here are a few more . . . 

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You’re going to notice different brightness from photo to photo . . . some of that is due to thin wispy clouds occasionally occluding the sun.

If you clicked the Palmer Divide link, you would have read about Bald Mountain . . . it appears in two of the following three photos. 




This is where I switched from the Sigma to the Nikon lens and the clouds got more persistent. I switched to the longer lens because I wanted better detail of the grass and snow.




That middle shot looks a little soft to me . . . here are a few more.




The SmugMug Gallery has a few more photos I did not include here because of their similarity to the above.

Here are two more color shots before I appease the people waiting for the B&W conversions.



I know, I know . . . too many photos, your eyes are glazing over, plus, there are words, too!

Anyway, B&W . . . snow scenes are good candidates for B&W conversions. I tried a number of them, all using OnOne’s suite. 

First up, a panorama where I cranked up the brightness and added a bit of glow . . .  


I like the snow losing its detail, highlighting the trees and sky. I played with the next shot for a good while and never quite got to what I envisioned. I had to stop eventually.


I wanted the snow to make more of an impact, but that removed the drama from the sky. However, I did a little better on the next photo . . . or, at least, I think so. 


I thought it was because panoramas, with their lesser detail and larger expanses of snow, are better suited to B&W conversions. Then I converted these two.



The above photos were shot in the span of about ten minutes . . . but it took me an hour to get home.

I was nearly home when I noticed a car in the ditch in the opposite direction from where I live. I turned around and went to see if I could help. A lady had slid off the road and into a deep ditch and it was obvious she did not know how to get out. I got the SUV almost out when another truck stopped to help, and they had a tow strap. That saved some time; between pulling with the strap and judicial application of power, the Cadillac Escalade came out in just a few minutes.  Funny thing . . . I was walking back to my Tahoe when the owner of the Caddy, an older lady, called me back to offer me $20. No, I did not take it. 

Hey, here are a few writing-related cartoons I like:

Onomatopoeian Empire

Past Tents

Also, in view of the ever-more-contentious political mud-slinging . . . 

Mark Twain Voting

That cartoon attributes the saying to Twain, but there is no reliable source that I could find confirming Twain said it. There is a similar quote by Emma Goldman: “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

Regardless of the attribution, it’s a good thing to keep in mind. 

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Infinite Heating Duct

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17 Responses to January 2016 on the Palmer Divide

  1. I have a 27″ monitor. The SmugMug photos at full screen looked great!

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  2. sandra getgood says:

    Newly-fallen snow can be beautiful…and it always is, in your photographs….but I admit I am not looking forward to winter, when it finally arrives here. Because once it gets here, it is very reluctant to leave, and slush in May is not unusual. Still, I enjoyed your pictures, as I always do. Even when they are black and white.


    • disperser says:

      Slush in May? We don’t have that here . . . our May winter storms are fierce, but the snow gets absorbed (or evaporates) away pretty quickly.

      Not so in the winter, even with temperatures in the 40’s. Besides the cloudless sunny skies, that’s another difference from Michigan . . . we don’t have the mounds of dirty snow lining the streets or marring the view of the back yard. As long as we get snow every few weeks, the landscape will be white until June. If we go more than a few weeks without snow, only shaded areas will show bits of white. I’ve not driven in slush for a long while (11 years). Then again, I no longer live in a suburb of a city, nor do I go to Denver, and even Colorado Springs gets only one or two visits a month.


  3. oneowner says:

    The monochrome winter shots are really nice. I miss getting shots similar to this. It’s very unusual that we haven’t had any significant snowfall so far this winter but I’m actually enjoying the mild weather. But winter is a long season here and it ain’t over till it’s over.


    • disperser says:

      Winter was late to start here, our winter season usually begins in September and goes through May. This year we made it all the way through October without anything but a few flakes running for office.


  4. mvschulze says:

    Enjoyed exploring this post on a relaxing “down-time” afternoon at the Jersey shore. Initially I love the pic with the yellow house, dark clouds, snow. But find each of your alternations (warning, potentially new meaning to of old word intended…) fascinating . ( My superlatives are making ME ill, so just lets say I liked the whole damn post! ) Oh! And yes the Palmer Ridge is interesting to me also. You might recall we came down the eastern side of tha Presidential mountains on a trip some years ago, exploring a ghost town somewhat north of Salida – eventually to Colorado Springs – love the area… And I like the spirit of getting out there in the storm for the excitement of getting the captures… M :-)


    • disperser says:

      Well, my next post covers the yellow house scene in many different variations. Some will like it, some not, but I had fun playing with it.

      I really do like where we live, despite the above average snow precipitation and below average rain (all related to the ridge).

      I’ve yet to actually go out during a storm to capture the event in progress. My lack of confidence in the ability of other drivers (often witnessed first-hand) keeps me indoor until storms are but a memory blanketing the trees and fields.

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  5. AnnMarie says:

    Beautiful photos that need to be seen in SmugMug, so that’s where I’m going next. Since I cannot comment there, I’ll add here that I’m sure I did a lot of wowing!

    As for the snow, I greatly appreciate the weather patterns that are causing only an occasional dusting of snow here (so far) and then just plain dry cold. That’s more like the kind of winter I prefer while I’m still in Chicagoland.


    • disperser says:

      I was looking at the long-range forecast for the US, and I think you guys are in the below-normal area . . . except that, next to the lake, all sorts of things can happen.


  6. PiedType says:

    Got a retina display here. Just wish it wasn’t on a little laptop, so I could really enjoy your photos.
    Palmer Divide has fascinated me since I moved here. So interesting how it affects the weather, snowfall, etc. Apparently I’m in a dry spot in north Thornton where we rarely get as much snow as areas around us and nothing approaching what the south side and Palmer Divide get. Luck of the draw, landing here, but I like how it’s worked out.


    • disperser says:

      As much as I like the portability of small devices, when I’m looking at photos, it has to be on a regular monitor (or my extra large monitor).

      And yes, we did know about the Palmer Divide effect when we moved here, but liked the accessibility to I-25 and being centrally located between CoSp and Denver.


  7. Beautiful snow pics, Emilio! I love your panoramas! Wow! And I like clicking on your photos and enjoying them that way! :-)
    That first cartoon made me snort-laugh! :-D
    Yeah, so true on voting. Sigh.
    It was SO nice of you to help the stuck-in-ditch lady.
    I will check out the link as I have never heard of the Palmer Divide! Bet I can learn something!
    HUGS for you and Melisa!!! :-)


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