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Wildcat Road View

Wildcat Road View
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-14
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-15 14:34
Viewed: 3011
Points: 30
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Wildcat Road

The view from Wildcat Road was beautiful yesterday. The fog had just cleared away and left a thick coating of hoar frost on the trees. In the distance are the Rocky Mountains.

Wikipedia definition of frost....
Frost is the solid deposition of water vapor from saturated air. It is formed when solid surfaces are cooled to below the dew point of the adjacent air.[1] Frost crystals' size differ depending on time and water vapor available. Frost is also usually translucent in appearance. There are many types of frost, such as radiation and window frost. Frost causes economic damage when it destroys plants or hanging fruits.

Radiation frost (also called hoar frost or hoarfrost) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.

Hoar frost may have different names depending on where it forms. For example, air hoar is a deposit of hoar frost on objects above the surface, such as tree branches, plant stems, wires; surface hoar is formed by fernlike ice crystals directly deposited on snow, ice or already frozen surfaces; crevasse hoar consists in crystals that form in glacial crevasses where water vapour can accumulate under calm weather conditions; depth hoar refers to cup shaped, faceted crystals formed within dry snow, beneath the surface.

Surface hoar is a cause of avalanches when it forms on top of snow. Conditions that are ideal are cold clear nights, with a very light wind that is able to circulate more humidified air around the snow surface. Wind that is too abrupt will destroy the crystals. When buried by subsequent snows they may remain standing for easy identification, or become laid down, but still dangerous because of the weakness of the crystals

Hoar frost also occurs around man-made environments such as freezers or industrial cold storage facilities. It occurs in adjacent rooms that are not well insulated against the cold or around entry locations where humidity and moisture will enter and freeze instantly depending on the freezer temperature.

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Hi Janice,I like your take on yesterday's frost as you show how warm looking the light was at the time.This landscape has a dreamy quality that I like very much and the frosted high lights in the trees really touch it off.The colour and overall clear focus really puts this image across and well,I like it.Thanks Janice for giving us this landscape to appreciate.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-15 17:59]

Hi Janice,
Wonderful panoramic view captured superbly. Thank you my friend.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-15 20:04]

Excellent Landscape!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2010-02-15 20:23]

Hello Janice,
This a very beautiful view, great POV and sharpness.. Well done

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-15 22:41]

Hi Janice,
Very beautiful landscape.Looks like a painting.DOF,details and visual impact are perfect.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-15 23:36]

Hello Janice

A beautiful composition of this winter scene. I like the slight advection fog hovering over the scene. Well composed and captured.

Best wishes


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2010-02-16 0:28]


Lovely day to be out. I know frost. I like trees when they apper suger coated with it.


Hy Janice
This is an impressive view over the valey and mountains, accentuated by the trees covered by frost; A perfect winter landscape!
Kind regards,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-02-16 7:19]

Hello Janice,
Very beautiful winter landscape perfectly composed. Nice soft colours, good sharpness, white patches of snow stress winter mood.
Regards, Pawel

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-16 7:53]

Hello Janice
Wonderful winter landscape. Thanks for sharing

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-18 11:14]

Hello Janice,
What amazing scenery!
Excellent play of this image. Excellent POV you chose and which gives us very fine details.
Best regards,

Hi dear Janice,
Beautiful winter landscape, nice lights and exposure, awesome composition with the frosty pines in the fore- and the mountains in the background. Really great visual impact. But the horizon isn't straight though. Anyway, nice image. Tfs.
Best regards and hugs, László

Hi my capricorn friend Janice,

Incredible image, the dreamy effect especially on FG and and snowy mountain range on BG really make this an eye-catching scene.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-20 12:14]

Dear Janice!

This view is so beautiful! I like the serenity of the atmosphere and the impression of peace and calm. The frosty forest, the smooth hills and the mountains, the superb sky: all this creates a magnificent landscape and there are so many different points of interest in it. Moreover, the winterly atmosphere is well reflected through the colours and the lighting.

Kind regards


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-02-20 17:52]

Hi Janice,

What a magnificent panorama! Just a breathtaking view! Your photo is subtle yet majestic. Truly, a charming presentation. When I think of the views of the Rockies from northwest of Calgary, this is one scene that will readily enter my mind. TFS.

See you,

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