SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 024

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.

Only one gallery this week, with only 52 photos. The post associated with these photos is HERE and the photos gallery is HERE. The title is a play on last week’s post title . . . which was a play on a movie title.

All of the photos in this gallery are from that area, about 10 ft x 3 ft on the side of the road.

“What the!? . . . more ice and snow stuff?”

Yes, Bob; we lived for 11 years in a place where the first snow fell in September, and the last snow fell late the following May. Mind you, the snow rarely hung around a long time (except in shady areas) and this post is about snow on the way out.

After a snow event, the sides of each road in our subdivision were lined with amazing snow architecture.  The plows would push large chunks of snow onto ditches and sidewalks, and as they melted, they provided reflections from delicate structures and screamed for attention as if they knew their time was short. And, it was.

I mentioned before that they didn’t use salt or melt. But they used cinters and gravel (why I replaced my windshield every five or six year). That means that the plowed snow is often full of impurities, but those were mostly on the outer surfaces. As the snow melted (evaporated), it would often leave clear ice structures.

Although you can still see the impurities in the supporting structure.

It always amazed me just how little ice connection could support a larger piece . . .

Many of the structures were thin enough to see through.

. . . here’s a reference photo followed by progressive close-ups . . .

You can get an inkling of how those interesting ice sculptures are made by looking at how the snow melted, itself forming interesting shapes.

. . . here are the monochrome versions.

. . . and closer still . . .

Here are a few more . . .

Here are some examples of structures that seem to defy gravity . . .

Zooming in a bit more shows how little ice connects the pieces.

Many of the photos are copies of the same photos with different processing. This is another series that might benefit from post-processing using modern software tools. We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s the 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 The Icy Man Leaveth — (52 photos)

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