12.31.2019 FROSTY!!!

Sunday was a chilly albeit not frigid day. It started out with that nice soft sunrise but there wasn’t much of a hint at what the northern end of Quabbin was like.

After I packed up, I decided to ride up 202 and see what was happening.  I hoped for some ice but really didn’t see anything that piqued my interest until I got to Gate 29 where the Middle Branch of the Swift River passes under the highway. On the east side, where I have never photographed before, was frost coating most everything.  I don’t think the layout for a composition is the best, but all that frost deserved attention. Some day I’ll plan on climbing down into the area and see what possibilities exist but for Sunday this shot from the edge of the road gave a good impression of the hoary cold.

Best wishes for 2020, everyone.  Stay safe if you party tonight.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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23 Responses to 12.31.2019 FROSTY!!!

  1. Happy 2020 to you, too. This frosty scene is a far cry from what temperatures in the high-40s (after 60° in the late afternoon) will make Austin look like tonight.

    Did you consider isolating the frost-covered trees in the back to make a panorama?

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    • I wish I had the time to have run back to the car for the 100-400 to do so but I was already late for an appointment and rushed over to make this image before heading back home. Initially that was my thought but I grabbed the shorter 70-200 so my bad. Hopefully I’ll get another opportunity.


  2. Very Nice Steve! Looks like a Great location to photograph! Can not wait to see more!

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  3. So pretty. I was up north recently and took lots of photos of the snow. I really miss it sometimes. I have to echo Steve’s comment as our weather is the same and I have been gardening for the last two days. Have a great New Year.

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    • I am not totally sold on winter but try to make the best of it. I am envious of you folks in warmer climes and your ability to have longer growing seasons or, in the case of my interests, wild flowering. But the changes are good and nothing beats the return of spring and all the rebirth we experience. I imagine for a gardener such as yourself the ability to do what you love for a longer period of time must be wonderful.

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      • As a Yankee, it was hard to move down here, but gardening has made it easier. I grew up downhill and cross country skiing and ice skating on lakes. But as most people do, I have adapted.

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      • That’s a serious change of activities. Well, you can garden most anywhere in one way or another. But winter sports definitely require the right environment so I am sure you missed those a lot. I complain about the cold and having to clean up after three inches of sleet and freezing rain but I would miss it were I to relocate somewhere warm year around.

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  4. tomwhelan says:

    Splendid frost. I was out in the woods this morning, but it was dripping from the sleet last night, no frost. Best wishes for the new year!

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    • Thanks, Tom. I drive over the Holyoke Range every day for work and this morning was a crystal forest of glittering ice. If I hadn’t just had 6 days off I might have been truant. The day job does get in the way some times.


  5. Happy New Year’s, Steve, that frosty scene looks very fresh and clean. We may require just a tiny bit of antifreeze tonight.

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  6. Beautiful. I’m with Steve on isolating the trees. I’d love to see what that looks like. Have a wonderful 2020.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    The subtle variation in color is pleasing: from black and white, through the various sepia tones. I do enjoy seeing the frost. It’s hard for me to believe so many people are posting snow, frost, and ice. Even though it’s January, it doesn’t feel one bit like winter down here. I’m getting impatient for a little cold weather — although it often doesn’t arrive until January and February.

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    • I would expect Texas to be waiting a bit longer than we have to. I hope you do get to see some as the weather these days is not at all typical. We are warmer recently than I’d expect with just the occasional day cold enough to see ice or snow. Lots of melting.The same will be true this weekend before the nighttime temperatures drop cold enough to make significant ice.


  8. bluebrightly says:

    I’m glad you photographed it even if the composition wasn’t ideal – what cool colors! Now you’ll be watching that spot, I bet. 🙂 (Maybe a crop….)

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Forgot to wish you a very Happy New Year!

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