SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 021

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, we look at one gallery associated with weather events. Specifically, winter weather events.

Before we go on, the post associated with these photos can be found HERE.

Last week’s SmugMug Appreciation post also dealt with wintery scenes . . . and since this week’s temperatures stayed stubbornly in the upper 90s ( mid-30s Celsius), I felt a repeat would be welcomed . . .

“Let me guess . . . more frost?”

Yes, Bob; more frost. Apparently, clouds sometimes need to rest, and they park themselves atop some elevated area, and since we (used to) live at 7,300 ft of elevation, we (used to) get what is called fog, but is actually cloud.

Not a big deal unless it’s the middle of Winter and the confluence of low temperatures (close to, or at the dew temperature) and low humidity helps condensation of airborne moisture directly into crystals of ice forming on . . . well, everything.

Side Note: I think that’s a reasonably simple explanation of how frost occurs, but you should do your own research and attempt to gain a good understanding of the mechanics. Not that it will help with reading this post, but the more you know, the more you’ll appear smart to others. If, that is, you want to appear smart to others . . . otherwise, just wear a red hat.

This particular SmugMug gallery collects about 260 photos. Odd that . . . I snapped less than 200 photos.

Well, not all that odd. This gallery has many photos offered both in the original color version and in monochrome. I usually split the two into two separate posts, but not this time. For example . . .

Bald Mountain kissed by the morning Sun . . . view from where we used to live in Colorado

As was often the case in these kinds of events, I grabbed my coat and camera and went ‘sploring.

The rock facade in front of the house.

I won’t show every pair of photos, but remember that most photos have two versions.

I don’t have a planned shoot when I head out. I just look at stuff and press the shutter release.

We’ve seen this before . . . because it always happened.

There were times when I would opt for a drive (provided it wasn’t treacherous), but most of the time I preferred capturing subjects at or near the house.

Closeup of the back of a metal chair with frost on it.
Closeup of the back of a metal chair with frost on it.

This is looking out the front of the house. This might be a panorama shot, although I didn’t identify it as such, so perhaps it’s just cropped to look like one.

I know I wanted to capture the texture and details of the ice crystals, but I was in a race with the warming effects of the sun . . .

. . . and losing because the protrusions of ice crystals were already beginning to look “rounded” . . .

On the other hand, the sun helped with showing off the frost on the fence and on the tree branches . . .

I’m fairly confident this next shot is a panorama . . .

. . . and here’s a close-up . . .

As the sun kept warming the scene, I wanted to capture some of the frost dropping from the branches . . . it took a while because my reflexes were slower than how fast gravity pulled the stuff down.

. . . did you notice the bird in the last shot?

This was my best capture of stuff falling.

The macros and close-ups are nice, but so are the zoomed-out shots, especially when the sun went behind some clouds, eliminating the harsh shadows . . .

Uh-oh . . . looks like I captured a couple of UFOs flying by (or, to be more accurate, UCLs).

Although out of order, I must end with The Last of the Mohifrogians . . .

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 Frostiest — 260 photos

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