Matt Parcher @mattparcher

http://mattparcher.com

📍 Boulder, CO (Louisville) 👤 Californian, web geek 👍 stories, ideas, art, progress 💡 “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away” —Eudora Welty

  • mattparcher

    December 11th at 4:19am

    This leaf-bare bush still burns bright, all through the coldest days and nights… 😍
    (Yet another example of the snow showing me a bit of color that I hadn’t noticed before 😮)
    ——————
    Apparently this shrub here is commonly referred to as a “burning bush”. It belongs to the genus of plants known as “spindle trees”, and it is most common to East Asia.
    I only know all of this because of the amazing plant identification skills of @nicfranpan, the *coolest* wildlife ecologist I know 🙌

    elisabethsummerphoto

    7 hours ago
    That is a wonderful winter impression, thanks for sharing your beautiful images. I thoroughly enjoy following your work!
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  • mattparcher

    December 10th at 5:41am

    Another lovely thing about the snow? The white stuff highlights the rare surviving vibrant bits hiding in plain sight — delicate reminders of fall-color fun that feels so long ago 🍁

  • mattparcher

    December 9th at 5:26am

    Cottonwood and pine^, you *are* so divine.

    mattparcher

    2 days ago
    ^So Douglas fir is *not* considered a pine, and apparently not even a fir! (It’s of the genus “Pseudotsuga”, for “false hemlock”.) BUT it *does* belong to the scientific pine “family” — so that’ll be my excuse.
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  • mattparcher

    December 8th at 5:45am

    Finally! Some *proper* snow! (Accompanied by the proper *below-zero weather* to keep it here 🙌)
    One of my favorite qualities of snow is just how *well* it highlights all the details in the landscape — and how differently it falls on each of the various trees and plants 😍

    yeahkaren

    3 days ago
    Beautiful!
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  • mattparcher

    December 7th at 5:35am

    Here’s downtown Denver, distilled… (and another example of me abusing depth-of-field)
    Side note: Parking garages are one of my great joys in life — because when you park on the roof (I *always* do) you know you’ll probably get *some* kind of cool view, day or night 🤘

    loveandothersins

    3 days ago
    😌

    opptix

    4 days ago
    just wow!!!

    dtownhooparound

    4 days ago
    🏀

    rio_roue

    4 days ago
    😜

    milehighwinetours

    4 days ago
    Sweet!
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  • mattparcher

    December 6th at 4:59am

    Across two tall walls (a century old) and arranged just *so*: thirteen-thousand over-sized bulbs simultaneously a-glow 😍
    (And even after so much time, this beautiful old tower remains a *highlight* of Denver’s present urban pride…)
    “The Gas & Electric Building was built in 1910 and designed by Frank Edbrooke & Co. and features a facade of 13,000 electric lights. Later named the Insurance Exchange Building, the structure was built in the Chicago Commercial style made famous by architect Louis Sullivan.”
    —DenverInfill.com

    mattparcher

    5 days ago
    @petehess Hehehe 😝

    petehess

    5 days ago
    Like thi,s it reminds me of a slot machine
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  • mattparcher

    December 5th at 6:01am

    The sight of slow-dancing, to “Pachelbel’s Canon in D”, was a gentle delight — and a serendipitous find, among the lingering chaos of Denver’s epic Parade of Lights 🌟

  • mattparcher

    December 3rd at 6:36pm

    I think I’ve *finally* managed to re-acclimate to 20° mornings — and just in time! As of this morning, with last night’s dusting, the water has finally started to freeze over 😙

    yeahkaren

    7 days ago
    Gorgeous!
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  • mattparcher

    November 29th at 3:30am

    Sub-freezing (but snow-less 😭) on Shanahan Ridge — another *delightful* weekday-morning mini-hike with Mr. @ashtonrayhansen today 🤘
    (Visible along this section of the range: the knobs of The Maiden on the left and Devil’s Thumb in the middle, leading up to the mighty Bear Peak on the right.)

    jakeloskutoff

    11 days ago
    Go Buffs!!!
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  • mattparcher

    November 27th at 5:45am

    Sneaking around government science labs, up on the mountain… 📡
    The I. M. Pei-designed Mesa Lab headquarters of NCAR (the National Center for Atmospheric Research) houses an essential scientific institution — but it also has the distinction of being one of the *only* man-made mountainside landmarks clearly visible from Boulder, due to strict limits placed by the city on any development encroaching on the natural landscape (…and the famed view *of* that landscape from the town below 😉).
    Some context: The Flatirons frame here is actually an opening from a courtyard stairwell, highlighting the Colorado red sandstone that serves as the primary building material in this notable Brutalist complex 👌

    mattparcher

    14 days ago
    Thanks, @withdrawnpictures 😄 I’ve always thought it was a cool place — standing alone on the mountainside, with great views, and acting as a starting point for many great hiking trails. But I hadn’t appreciated the architectural story of the complex until spending more time there yesterday, and then doing some research last night! I’m fascinated by Modernist and Brutalist architecture, and this is a pretty good case study (for better and worse...)!

    withdrawnpictures

    14 days ago
    Nice write-up!
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