Frequent Pied Type visitors are aware of my addiction to webcams. I post screenshots from them, comment on their availability, etc. They are my windows on the world, and although the cameras never move, the scenes are constantly changing.
This is a screenshot of downtown Denver that I grabbed last night just before dark (7:52 pm MDT). We’d had storms all afternoon and I wondered what the skies looked like down there, where the worst of them had been (I’m about 19 miles north of downtown Denver). Normally this scene looks … well, normal, with the colors and textures you’d expect. So I’m at a bit of a loss to explain this very interesting image. Virtually monochromatic, with an interesting grain and unusual lighting, considering the camera faces northwest toward Boulder. It looks like someone applied a special filter. I think it’s the result of the low light, with the camera almost at the point where it gives up and goes to a grainy black screen for the night. It could also be the result of storm clouds still in the area; I’ve seen a lot a really strange lighting during and just after storms.
In any case, I love this image. If you want to see what this particular webcam, located in Denver’s Cheesman Park, sees now, click here. Then click again for a great full-screen image. More storms are predicted for this afternoon, so things could get interesting.