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February 20, 2010

2010 Jan 30 Southwest Kansas Rime Ice Album [28 images]

Filed under: Photography — Mike U @ 12:21 pm

Overnight freezing fog and very cold temperatures yielded amazing rime ice across Southwest Kansas on January 30th! I left Dumas, TX very early in the morning on the 30th after documenting and photographing the record snowstorm across the region just a couple days prior.  My route home took me through Guymon, Liberal, Meade, and Minneola along Highway 54.  Through this entire route, the rime ice collected on exposed objects was rather thick.  I decided to stop and photograph some of this in the near-full moonlight at a rest area along Highway 54 northeast of Liberal.  Morning twilight then grew as I drove through the Meade and Fowler areas, and the rime ice became much more evident.  It was a rather amazing winter scene, so I was just hoping that it was still this good as I drove into Minneola.  Sure enough it was.  I spent a good 45 minutes to an hour driving around town photographing this amazing accumulation of rime ice, mainly on the trees.

Images 1-4: Moonlight landscape of the rime ice at a rest area along the Cimarron River a few miles northeast of Liberal

Images 5-7: Images taken in Minneola just before the first light from the rising sun hits the tree tops in town

Images 8-13: First sunlight hitting the trees with a wonderful warm pink and orange hue

Images 14-15: Zoom-in of the thick rime ice accumulation

Images 16-18: Looking down some of the residential streets in Minneola.

Images 19-22: Various other images of the rime ice in Minneola.

Images 23-27: I ended the shoot photographing some of the interesting frosted grass and this thin, golden vertical rod sticking out of the ground with rime ice accumulation.  It was interesting to note that the accumulation was on the west facing side, instead of the traditional north or northeast that is usually seen with rime ice formation in Southwest Kansas given the typical wind direction associated with freezing fog events.

Image 28: Small tree on my lawn back in Dodge City frosted with rime ice.

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2 Comments »

  1. Nice light in the trees.

    Comment by pcNielsen — February 20, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

  2. Great stuff Mike! looking forward to the sand dune images!

    Comment by Tyler — February 22, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

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