SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 020

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence. Today, two galleries associated with weather events. Specifically, winter weather events.

Before we go on, the post associated with the first gallery can be found HERE.

We begin with a blizzard from February 2015 . . .

“It looks serious . . . do you miss blizzards?”

Yes, yes I do, Bob. But only because we were nice and warm inside and were never pressured by circumstances to venture out in one. Actually, that’s only partially true; I’ve had to drive home in some; Woodland Park, CO, to Monument, CO, and for them who know the area, two locations should come to mind; Ute Pass and Monument Hill.

Side Note: for them wanting a reminder of the bottom part of Ute Pass, click HERE. Of course, that was on dry pavement.

Anyway, the post and photo are not about the blizzard, but the remnants of it. Specifically, when plow clear the road, the compacted snow will melt, freeze, melt, refreeze, and so on for a few days until it’s all gone . . . and during that time, you can find interesting ice and snow sculptures.

Someone with imagination might see fantastic creatures or scenes in those ice remnants.

If you read the post, you know it took a fair amount of processing to clean these up due to not having reset the camera settings. I think that with today’s tools, it would be no effort at all to process these with just a few clicks . . . in fact, I might try it.

A neat boat, and more.

I’ve only seen this kind of thing in Colorado. Michigan and Illinois snow doesn’t melt like that, presumably because of how it’s plowed and the heavy use of melt on the road . . . or maybe Colorado has special plows.

There are only 37 photos in that gallery, so I’m adding another. The post for this next set of photos is HERE. This second set of photos actually predates the above photos by about a month or so.

Closeup of the back of a metal chair with frost on it; the gray squares are holes.

In this particular gallery, I showcase photos I post-processed with various monochrome filters. The photos themselves were after a lingering cloud deposited frost on plants and objects; frost that made macros interesting.

Here’s variations on a scene . . .

When I do these kinds of shoots, I look for interesting stuff, but I also try to envision how I might process the shots. However, once you’re working with them, other possibilities open up.

I said monochrome filters, but I also left some color in some photos.

. . . before taking it all away . . .

. . . anyway, if you want to see some cold-weather shots, these be them . . .

The galleries have a few photos that look like duplicates, but they are actually processed differently, although unless comparing them side by side, you might not notice a difference.

Anyway, give them galleries a look-see.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos, or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of February Ice Follies — 37 photos

Slideshow of Frostier — 26 photos

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