Friday, December 27, 2013

Jack Frost Comes Calling


A few days before Christmas,
a raw cold settled on the high plains.






A night mist had frosted the landscape,
and a sunless morning bled color from the prairie.








The world was tinted in daguerreotype hues ~
a rare and magical day.

































The frigid wind cut like a knife,
but the bitter beauty beckoned.





































When Jack Frost comes calling,
you just have to venture out
and explore the unusual and delicate beauty
of a color-drained world.

25 comments:

  1. Beauty is wherever you look, even this bleak landscape. Great pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy! I agree ~ you can find something of beauty anywhere. You just have to open your eyes!

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  2. LOUISE! You certainly did 'venture out and explore'!
    What beautiful scenery and frost effects. Photo #'s 6, 9, and 10 are quite simply incredible. Nice job girl!!

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    1. Thanks, Jim! I nearly froze running around, but it was so beautiful, I couldn't help myself! Have a good evening!

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  3. I love these images! I'm not a fan of winter, but damn, it does make for great photos! Simply beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Martha! I hope that your trip home went/is/or will be safe and that you have thoroughly enjoyed your family time! We had a one day turn around and are now up in the mountains in Black Hawk for New Year's Eve. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

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    1. It was, Adam! We've warmed up since! Happy New Year to you, Daisy, and your loved ones!

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  5. It does look nice, but that is it, hate the carp as it makes driving the pits lol

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    1. Thanks, Pat ~ and boy do I hear you! Now that our car place confiscated my studded snow tires because they were too old, I am a total chicken driver! I creep everywhere when there is no traffic! Let Terry handle the bad stuff! Happy New Year to you, your loved ones, and the kitkats!

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  6. Gorgeous pictures! As deadly as the frigid cold can be, it's nice that there's something amazing that comes with it.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I hope that you have been enjoying a happy holiday season! All the best to you in the new year!

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  7. I am soooo grateful that you ventured out in this! Your photos are MAGNIFICENT and have been perfectly blended with text.

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    1. Thank you Monica! I hope that it has been a happy Christmas season with your family and friends! And have a Happy New Year!

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  8. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!! Love it. Wish I had just a little bit of that in my life. :-)

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    1. Thanks Audrey! The snow in the mountains has been fantastic, but it was a green Christmas ~ actually a brown Christmas for everyone in the metro area. We back in the mountains again for New Year's Eve! I hope that you have had a happy holiday season. All the best to you in the New Year! XOX

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  9. Oh my, Oh my, Oh my ~~~ these are stunning Louise! You are now a photographer, in my eyes. I would give anything to be able to witness this landscape beauty. Just to come up close to the trees and shrubs and stare at the frost. It truly is magnificent.

    Many thanks for this post!
    Ron

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    1. Wow ~ thank you Ron. Such kind words from and excellent photographer made my day! It is starkly beautiful. When I was finally racing home to meet Terry, the antelope were visible and laughing at me because I couldn't stop! My nephew gave me a little tripod that you can twist in all directions so maybe I can get steadier long shots! We'll see! I've been playing with it this morning. Oh Yeah, remember the National Geographic gene study? Santa brought me the Geno 2 kit for Christmas, so very early in the New Year, I'm sending a cheek swab off to NG! I'm very excited! All the best to you in the new year, my friend!

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    2. Sounds pretty good Louise ~~~ tripods really should be used but I get so excited and just start snapping pictures. 2014 may be my tripod year! The Geno 2 kit seems to be popular this year. Other bloggers have mentioned that they rec'd it as a gift as well. Should be so interesting to view the results! just wanted to mention that the fence post pic really grabs my attention!!
      Ron...9 hours until NY 2014!!

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  10. Hi, I hopped over to you from Jim's post at Ocean Breezes. Wow, your photography skill is stunning, and the landscape in frozen icicles, ditto, Then I went to your older post, I have friends ( blog friends) in Breckenridge, and your photos of the road and snow and traffic gives me a much better picture of travel in your winter. Enjoy family time, as we have already done down here in sunshiney NZ!! Greetings to you and yours, Jean.

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    1. Hi Jean! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by my blog! I have seen your icon on Jim's blog many times. I kept meaning to hop over to your blog. Now for sure I will! It's New Year's Eve here! I hope that your new year has gotten off to a happy and safe start! All the best to you and yours in 2014!

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  11. What beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

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  12. Wow, Louise, what an amazing post - text and photos both. I love to see the frosted grasses.

    We had a day like that the Saturday before Christmas. It was indeed magical.

    A Happy New Year to you and Terry! :)

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  13. Thanks. Sue for your kinds words about my photos and text! I was fascinated with the grasses in their frosted beauty! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones ~ and a pat to Tallulah!

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