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Old Dec 8, 2009, 4:45 PM   #1
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Here's a couple of shots from today.

A tree next to the house (K100, FA 77, R72 filter).



Our yard (K100, kit lens, R72 filter)



The grapevine on our front porch hadn't quite lost all of it's leaves (K-7, DA*50-135):



And the road we live on (K-7, DA*50-135)



This morning the local roads were all icy, the I-5 was closed and Dan had to go to Bakersfield. So he took the Jeep and I spent the morning shoveling snow instead of going to work...
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Old Dec 8, 2009, 4:51 PM   #2
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Beautiful to "look" at Harriet but I'm happy to just look!
I really like the B&W shot and the blue sky is gorgeous! Graduated filter or no?
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Okay, that's enough Harriet! I'm already nervous enough about flying out of NH in the snow, now I may be dealing with it getting from L.A. to Bakersfield in two weeks. And, I'm flying alone this time.

Anyway, nice images. I really like the first one.

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Old Dec 8, 2009, 6:23 PM   #4
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Patty - don't worry, there's another storm that's supposed to come through by this weekend (not as big as this one) and then it's supposed to get warmer than usual. You shouldn't have any trouble. This storm was somewhat unusual - we normally don't get this kind of snow until January or February.

GW - no filter - the sky is just like that right after a storm at higher altitudes (this was taken somewhere around 5600 feet elevation). Southern California can have some of the most beautiful skies right after a storm.
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Old Dec 8, 2009, 7:50 PM   #6
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Beautiful pics Harriet. Number 2 is my favorite, but the last one has a very familair feel to it. We live on a very steep, curving, unpaved road and I have found myself going down that hill sideways many times!
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Nice winter shots, # 2 is my favorite.

Your storm is hitting us tomorrow morning. Only accumulations will be at higher altitudes so were safe for now.

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Thanks for the compliments! Our roads are paved and the HOA has a pick-up with a snow plow. The main road into our area is steeper and curves more, but I've luckily never gone down it sideways. I'm sure there are people that have - there's guard rails in several spots to keep people from going over the side. There's a far worse road further on that leads into another subdivision. It's a steep, curvy, mountain road with a very long drop-off on one side, commonly covered with black ice. People get stuck there all the time, and every year someone does go over the side. I'm so glad we didn't buy there!
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wow that r72 filter really makes the grass and leaves look like snow

cool photos, that road looks deadly
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wow that r72 filter really makes the grass and leaves look like snow

cool photos, that road looks deadly
Yep, very smooth looking grass, isn't it?

Actually, I was curious how the R72 filter would work with snow - whether snow would be darker than the pine needles. The first one, which is a false color version, shows that the pine needles are still a bit darker but not much. And you can tell what's snow and what's needles, if you look closely enough.

The road wasn't as bad as it probably looks - it wasn't all that icy. Mostly snow left by the plow, allowing for some traction, and that melted quickly in the bright sun. There are patches that are far more hazardous today, areas in the shade where it got warm enough to mostly melt the top layer with ice under it - very slippery. But for the most part, there's enough traction for careful driving (though the Honda Fit is still parked in the driveway).
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