We’ve had an unusually long stretch of bitter cold temperatures, coupled with lots of snow. Even though there isn't much to see outside but mostly white scenery with bare trees, one can still find color in the landscape. Here’s a photo I took a few weeks ago at Chagrin River Park. There was a massive ice jam on the Chagrin River and the river was nearing flood stage. (I believe the park was closed the next day.) One nearby area was filling with slightly muddy and icy water which reflected both the pale color of the sky and the dormant grasses. It looked surreal to say the least, but at least it brought a touch of color to an otherwise bleak landscape. (Click on image for a larger view.)
The bitter cold temperatures really have a grip on a large part of the country. The upside is that the frost patterns change daily showing their various fractal patterns. Based on the sunshine – or lack of it – the patterns can sparkle with beautiful colors or they can look like black and white pictures. Here are some photos taken this past weekend and this morning.
The recent Polar Vortex brought record low temperatures here (-11 degrees) for two days. My garage windows sometimes get frosted when it is extremely cold, and I enjoy seeing the frost form their fractal patterns and sparkle in the sunlight. Here are photos of the frost, with a little bluish background color from the snow on the ground outside.
It's obvious that winter cabin fever has set in when I find myself looking around the house for things to photograph. The recent New Year snowstorm that hit the Midwest (now affecting the East Coast) kept me housebound and a landscape covered with well over a foot of snow makes for boring pictures. I decided to take apart an old, inoperative computer and realized how much the motherboard looks like a miniature city, so photographs were in order. (At least I was able to put that dead computer to good use.)
OK, I admit it. The snow was piled so high that just had to take a picture of some bushes in the yard, topped with over a foot of snow.