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Pictures for Pam, Day 91: Frosty Spider Web on Frosty Fence

Pictures for Pam, Day 91: Frosty Spider Web on Frosty Fence
(+4 insets!) (view large!) :)

Holy Toledo it's cold out there today, YIKES!! A mere 27.6°F/-2.4°C--that's the coldest it's been all winter! Maybe that's not Polar Vortex Cold, but my fingers and toes have a prominent opinion about it: One Lap is the Limit! Heh…I managed to get up to the top of our hill for a lovely sunrise picture with my phone and down to the front gate to grab our garbage can (pick-up was this morning at 0'dark hundred). There I saw a pool of water that froze in several stages. The appearance reminded me of white malachite and out came my phone for another picture! Then it was up the drive with the garbage can, the handle burning cold through my gloves into my complaining hands and then I flung myself into the house and became one with the heater to warm my hands up. (You can see an inset of the pool of water along with another frozen pool I photographed a while back with a neat formation)

What the heck's the deal with extremely low temperatures?! It's just crazy how fast cold can affect you if the temperature is low enough. This begs the intellectual question: how much more does the temperature affect us when things become extreme? What I mean to say is, there's basically no difference to us when the change is in our comfort range, say 60-70°F/15.5-21°C. Big deal, who cares…we can tell there's a change but it doesn't really matter. But as we get further away from our comfort zone, how much more does this mean? For instance, does the difference between 30 degrees and 29 degrees affect us 1%, 5%, 10%, etc. Do lower numbers make this difference more extreme? Does 10 degrees and 9 degrees affect us 5%, 10%, 20%? I should look this up. I bet there is a difference because 27 degrees is FIERCELY COLD and 30 degrees is not NEARLY as cold to me.

I found a partial answer! It depends a lot on how much fat you have stored on your body and how well-adjusted you are to that temperature. So, someone who has more padding is going to be much more comfortable in the cold than a lean, athletic person. I didn't find the exact answer I was looking for but I did find a very interesting article that talks about what it feels like to be in -50 degrees vs. -20 degrees. My opinion: I would like to NOT be in those temperatures, thank you very much! :D

I was kind of surprised the frogs weren't singing since they seem to enjoy these ridiculously cold temperatures. However, all was quiet down at the pond this morning. In amusement, I pictured froggy popsicles, each with a "ribbit" ready to go but their vocal sacks were frozen so no noise came out. Give them time…it should warm up to 32 degrees down there soon enough and they'll be able to squeak something out! LOL. Tenacious little buddies. :)

Since it's so cold AND because it's the day to post my Happy Fence Friday pictures, I'm sharing an image of a very frosty fence, featuring a gossamer necklace touched by Jack Frost. This I found on our deer fencing a month or so back when we had a lovely day of heavy frost. I'm also sharing another frosty barbed-wire picture from my photo shoot last week. :)

Pam, can you remember the coldest weather you've walked around in? One year it got down to 8 degrees I think, and venturing outside was a very shocking experience. We wanted to know what it felt like…and then we didn't! Out…and yep, that's REALLY COLD…and inside again! :D What about you? For me, it's a struggle because I know the photography opportunities are amazing the colder it gets but there really is a potential danger of frostbite. I hope you've never been in a situation where frostbite was a real issue for you. I've been lucky in that regard but I've also never been stuck in a place that's too cold and I can't get out of it. Sending a nice, warm *HUGGGGGG* your way on this very cold day! :D

Explored on 2/8/19, highest placement, #1.

Marie-france Berthelé, Roger Bennion, Diane Putnam, Meral Alkim and 75 other people have particularly liked this photo

63 comments - The latest ones
 Love Song
Love Song club
HFF Janet *_* J*************************************************
20 months ago.
 Sarah P.
Sarah P. club
Wow! Fine work.
20 months ago.
Stormlizard club
Well done Janet. and HFF (Happy frosty fence)
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Esther club
Wonderful capture of the crystals. You are a brave person to go out photographing in that cold.
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Well done Janet...
20 months ago.
uwschu club
HFF Janet
20 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... wonderful frosty crystals everywhere (PiP's too) ... and a PiP landscape that is breathtaking ... (such temperature swings: Piedmont Region of Maryland, within 5 day span, "0"F to 69F; deleterious for plants and trees) ...

HFF !! ...
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
LotharW club
HFF, Janet und ein schönes Wochenende!
20 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
HFF Janet.
Speaking of cold . . . my fingers, they are the first to cry at - 34C.
Even with one pair of silk under one pair of Finnish heavy winter gloves.
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
fantastique prise !!
J'adore aussi le paysage au ciel rose , et cette flaque de glace
20 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
very nice structure and dark blueish Background
could be even stronger if the ice needles got more light (in postprocessing)
what a pity that the insets are not available by themselves, like the first one especially
20 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF, Janet - I also like the pano in the last PiP very much!
20 months ago.
 Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott club
Lol, Janet. I could only dream of having such balmy temperatures! 27.6F equals -2.4C. This past week, our windchills have been as cold as -38C (-36.4F). I didn't go out of my home for a whole week! Roll on spring!
20 months ago.
Leon_Vienna club
Wonderfuly taken macro! This bit of spider silk make the dot on the i! :-)
A very similar to youe 2nd PiP I captured recently. Should be displayed soon.
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful - and razor sharp - details Janet.
HFF and a nice weekend.
20 months ago.
 Ralph Tacke
Ralph Tacke
20 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Herrlich, deine Eiskristalle! Ich bewundere dich und deine Makros, Janet
20 months ago.
 Frans Schols
Frans Schols club
Schitterende opname.
Hartelijke groeten en een prettig weekend.
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
très joli travail de la nature .....la note n°3 est superbe aussi janet !!
20 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
The spiderweb detail is great and makes the photo special!
HFF, Janet.
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
This is winter as I love ot, crisp and clear:-) The pink sky is sensational and the frosty details are great! HFF, Janet!
20 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
perfect shot for HFF.
20 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
These photos are a beautiful tribute to winter!********
20 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Like barbed wire but prettier and harmless :) Very interesting PiP's. I love the scene with the beautiful pink sky!
20 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Wow, that's a fantastic impression of a winter fence and a great macro too. HFF, have a fine weekend, Janet !
20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Une pure merveille tous ces cristaux de givre et les notes sont tellement ravissantes aussi !*********
Bonne fin de semaine Janet.
20 months ago.
Boro club
20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Remarkable shots!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
Tractacus club
Cool, in all senses of the word. HFF!
20 months ago.
niraK68 club
Wonderful Winter HFF
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Terrific detail and a lovely frosty capture Janet
HFF and a great weekend
20 months ago.
Dinesh club
Nice image.

Even Sacramento temps., below freezing on 2/7/19 morning, I was told it is a rare here!
20 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful detail.
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
Absolutely marvellous images, Janet, from the frosty details of the main image and the barb, to the frozen water and beautiful sunrise. I think the main thing with temperature is the degree of acclimatisation - if it's outside the range being regularly experienced it's far harder to take (either hot or cold).

Many thanks for your kind comments on my lens image. Much as I'd also have liked to get my sticky fingers on it, I guess they put in the fence to stop people like you and me. :-)
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
Absolutely marvellous images, Janet, from the frosty details of the main image and the barb, to the frozen water and beautiful sunrise. I think the main thing with temperature is the degree of acclimatisation - if it's outside the range being regularly experienced it's far harder to take (either hot or cold).

Many thanks for your kind comments on my lens image. Much as I'd also have liked to get my sticky fingers on it, I guess they put in the fence to stop people like you and me. :-) HFF and have a great weekend, Janet.
20 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
HFF, Janet. Beautiful frosty details!
Have a cosy weekend.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
X-pose club
Very subtle!
20 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Awesome barbed frost fence! HFF, Janet!
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Such a fantastic image! I love the contrast beween the sturdy looking deer fence and the delicate layers of frost. The light is lovely and the vignette is perfect.

Great job with the PiPs too. I particularly like the frozen puddle in PiP No2 - the detail is amazing. Also the sunrise shot................really, really beautiful.

I don't actually mind it too much when it's cold.............probably 'cos I'm a well padded fat bloke! What I don't like is cold AND wet..!!
20 months ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
My fence of the week, dear Janet...especially this little spider web makes me smile ;)
HFF for you and for Pam!!!
20 months ago.
micritter club
Perfect macro work. Amazing shots of the ice barbs.
20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The fine crystal needles on the fence look enchanting. Especially I love the fine chain of crystals which hang between the wires. I love frosty patterns in the insets too.
20 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Superbes images
20 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
HFF and a very nice weekend !!!
20 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful winter scene. HFF, Janet!
20 months ago.
RHH club
Awesome capture of the ice crystals and I love it that you found that bit of spider web to add just a touch more interest to the photo. IMHO you posted the best as your first shot, but the pano is magnificent, too. Love that beautifully colored morning sky.

Have another winter storm forecast here and did get some snow, but it is bitter cold, at least to me it is. Went for a walk yesterday afternoon but had to walk as fast as I could to keep warm and so didn't take many photos.

The Grosbeaks are pretty, aren't they? Looked at your photos of them and of the Evening Grosbeaks and you have some real winners there. We get the Evening Grosbeaks, too, but none of the Grosbeaks show up until spring.

The Flickers are at the suet almost every time we look out of the window. Sometimes it's just one or the other but occasionally they are both there, each at a different suet feeder. Occasionally both the Flickers and the Downy Woodpeckers are there.

Interesting comments on how we feel cold and that it has something to do with the amount of fat we have on us. I've been cold ever since surgery and perhaps that has to do with the fact that I can't keep any weight on me and that they removed my omentum.

That reminds me of a funny incident last summer. We were in Yellowstone and swimming in the Firehole River. I've always been at ease in the water but when I jumped in I sank like a stone and had trouble floating as well. Loss of abdominal fat?

Enjoyed the photos of your childhood home and of Mt. Davidson. Those childhood homes bring back a lot of memories, in my case, and it sounds also in yours, good and happy memories.

Hoping to post tomorrow photos of some of the lichens we've found that are producing their fruiting bodies in spite of the cold, which, I hope, is a sign of spring, though there are few other signs of that elusive season.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Superb shot and icy PiPs!
HFF to you too, Janet!
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful picture of that icy fence, and good insets. HFF and a nice weekend! Regarding the temperatres: -50 ° F sounds much. Better use ° C, then it's only -45 and way more comfortable ;-)))
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole. HFF.
20 months ago.
trester88 club
Ein Heavy Frozen Fence ;-) Die Eisnadeln sehen wirklich gut aus! Das Besondere an dem Bild ist die eingefrorene Spinnwebe im mittleren Feld :-) Eine schöne Winterserie!
HFF, Janet! Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende!
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
OMG - what fantastic pictures. I just adore the frost on your fencing and the barbed wire. As for the frozen pool - superb, it looks like congealed fat when it's cold. I just love the various formations the ice has made too. I don't blame you neither for not liking the extreme cold temperatures. That sunrise photo of your land and surrounding countryside is just simply stunning. I do so love seeing the landscape around your home.
20 months ago.
Excellent shot !
20 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
HFF Janet ! Bon week-end.
20 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
A fabulous set of ice crystal photos! Such incredible details you captured here!
Hope you have a sunny weekend, Janet!
20 months ago.
Erika+Manfred club
Belated HFF and have a nice Sunday
20 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
lovely patterns and light
20 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Wunderschöne Spuren des Frostes, Janet.

Freundliche Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende
20 months ago.
Valfal club
Wow, what a terrific find and excellent macro capture, Janet! :-)
20 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Admirable !
20 months ago.
 Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
So fantastic!
20 months ago.
 Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam club
Ooh, well done!
20 months ago.
 Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion club
This is a great photographic subject, Janet. You have captured it beautifully and the diagonal composition really adds to the strength of the shot.
19 months ago.

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