SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 022

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 multiple galleries, most still associated with winter photos.

The post associated with this first batch of photos can be found HERE.

The PATH Series (Photos Around The House) is something I should get back to . . . eventually. The 5th post in that series began with a few snow sculptures (6 photos) . . .

“Let me guess . . . more frost?”

No, Bob; these are remnants of a snowfall. These are found at the side of the road or driveway and are from chunks of packed snow slowly melting away.

The second set of photos in that post come from THIS gallery.

There was a time when I used to care for and nurture many indoor plants. I no longer keep plants indoors. About the only way I might do it again, would be in a terrarium. But, back then, I had plants that would flower in the middle of winter . . .

The above was from a succulent that I had for many years. It would wane and ebb, but eventually succumbed to an aphid infestation. Aphids that probably came in with one of the plants that I would keep outside during the summer.

The other flowers in that post are from a Christmas Cactus I also had for many years. These were some of the best photos of its flowers.

Some of these flower photos were also used to illustrate the power of shooting RAW. Specifically, to show how much detail can be extracted from a photo one might not have optimally exposed . . .

Anyway, here are two more (there are additional photos in the gallery) before moving on.

Keeping with the melting ice and snow theme, the next post (The Ice That Was) has 23 photos from yet another snow-melt event.

For this shoot, I specifically tried to position the camera so as to introduce reflections of images and/or colors in the photos of the clear ice.

Of course, the shapes themselves are also interesting.

The next photos are from a short post (HERE) and a small Gallery (HERE). There are ten photos, but none especially memorable . . . but I’m still going to add them to the collection.

Lastly, the photos from THIS post (the 23 photos gallery is HERE). The post documents the April 2010 snowstorm that offered up various photo opportunities.

Here’s the SmugMug caption for that photo:

“This vehicle carries me for the daily 100 miles round trip to and from work. In all sorts of weather, it is transport, shelter, and comfortable entertainment center where I listen to my weekly podcasts.

That car was the best vehicle we’ve ever owned. Lots of great trips, always a pleasure to drive, and a fond memory when it comes to cars. If they didn’t cost upward of $70K, I’d still be driving a Suburban. Id’s take one of those over any other vehicle out there.

But, back to the snow . . .

It took me two hours to get home that day. Along the way, I helped a few people get unstuck (including a semi that was blocking a ramp), and blew by lesser cars trying to get up Monument Hill (and failing).

Below, you see the tracks of my suburban as I drove up the street to my house. The Burb has a tad more than 10 inches of clearance, and, as you can see, the bottom of the vehicle was shaving the top layer of the snow.

This is where I parked the Suburban while I cleared the drive. Notice where my undercarriage was cleaned by the snow.

Snow usually drifted in front of the entrance . . . in this case that’s just snowfall (no wind). Heavy, damp snow, difficult to shovel. I usually do the path to the front door by hand because it’s hard to maneuver the snow blower in there.

My method for clearing a wide drive — be it via shovel or with the snowblower — is to clear a center lane, then clean strips — leaving ‘fingers’ of snow — then clean the fingers. On the narrow part of the drive, I would just shovel down the middle and toss the snow to the side. On the wide part, I’d do what I called “battleship rows”.

Again, I’d do the walkway by hand with a shovel.

Prior to 2010, we didn’t have a snowblower, and the drive was shoveled by hand. These next few photos are not in these galleries, but I want to share them anyway . . . they are from our first winter at our house (documented in THIS post).

Two people with shovels.

Ah, the good ole days!

Anyway, I’ve collected all the photos in the galleries mentioned above into one gallery so that I can do a single slideshow.

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 above photos (81 photos)

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