Friday, November 27, 2015

Frosty Scenes

Black Friday, the day when crazed consumerism apparently hits its peak as crowds supposedly flood the local malls and stores in search of perceived "bargains".

Scarlett and I, instead, elected to pursue frosty scenes courtesy of the snow fall we had overnight and the freezing mist that had preceded the snow.

It was a brisk 6ºF (-14 ºC) as we headed out of our snow-covered neighborhood and towards the nearby ranching community to see what we could see.

Pretty soon I'd escaped suburbia and entered a much more serene and nicely snow-covered area where I tend to take pictures while remaining close to home.

I really liked the Hoar Frost on the below tree, and the sun cooperated by highlighting it nicely:

On a day with less clouds along the front range mountains, one would be able to see Mount Evans in the shot below:

Leaving the area, I spotted the fellow below watching me warily as I waited for an opening in the traffic pattern:

Scarlett and I went over to the back area of the Blackstone Country Club for the shot below:

A look at County Line Road south of the Blackstone Country Club and east of the junction with Elbert Road:

By now, temperatures had soared into the 20s Fahrenheit so it was time to mosey on home after tanking up.  Traffic was picking up in the mall areas as expected but I made it home with no issues except for one idiot cager in the Safeway parking lot who thought she had to take up both lanes.


Bluekat said...

If I had to live anywhere else, Colorado would be one place I think I could live happily. Beautiful pics. Everything looks so fresh and peaceful. Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving! You made a good choice for Black Friday.

redlegsrides said...

Bluekat, Kari, you and Ron come visit at least.....we'll show you around. Great Thanksgiving here, hope yours was as well. Shopping vs Riding....was there really a choice? ;)

RichardM said...

I love the frosty trees with the dark blue skies. Looks so clean. 6°F is a lot colder than here. They are forecasting rain...

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, the trees were indeed quite striking in their frosty covering....

Unknown said...

Dom, well done getting out there to photograph the scenes before they melted (though maybe unlikely at 6 degrees).

I've seen such a thing only once, many years ago, coincidentally on Thanksgiving weekend: My dad, a family friend, and I were on our way to Canyonlands. We dropped out of the snow and clouds of Price Canyon to discover that Helper, Price, and Wellington had experienced such a frozen fog event. It was surreal and spectacular.

Does this happen often in your neck of the woods?

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Ry Austin for your comments.

The Hoar Frost doesn't happen, to this extent, very often here that I can recall.

I believe it takes freezing fog and while we sometimes see a little bit of it, this was unusual from my point of view.

Very nice conditions for pics though.

SonjaM said...

What a crisp day. It seems that only the prairies are able to deliver this kind of winter beauty. I remember we had days like this in Calgary. Beautiful pics, Dom. Especially with the hoarfrosted tree.

redlegsrides said...

Thank you SonjaM.....I got lucky.