Up and Down the Hill

At about 2,000 feet above sea level, 15 miles from the coast.

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And at 200 feet above sea level, three miles from the coast.

 

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Frozen Boughs

We found ourselves in our oldest car, since our newer [read, not near two decades old] one has wheels that are too big for snow chains.  Pondering whether we could safely make it to Crater Lake, we settled on the idea that if we couldn’t, we’d just go as far as possible, maybe settling for Redding or Mt. Shasta.  Of course, I was really looking forward to seeing Crater Lake in the snow with a calm, reflective surface.

Snow was definitely around, but luckily by the time we hit Interstate 5, chain restrictions were dropped along our route. We went along Highway 97 up to Klamath Falls, dropped stuff off at the hotel, rented snowshoes [nowhere in town had any to sell!], and headed up to the lake.

By that description, it sounds like we rushed to get up there. According to Google Maps, we didn’t.  It was an all day excursion in which the scenery threatened to enchant and ensnare me before reaching our destination.

We arrived just in time for the tail end of sunset. It would be the only day we could clearly see the lake, so we braved the cold and hung around at the rim by the Lodge.

 

Surprisingly, there were a fair amount of people up there for the middle of winter.  Even a happy puppy ran around in the snow. Deciding to brave not only the cold, but the wind that was howling down into the caldera, we tried for some nightshots. Unfortunately, shielding the camera and tripod from the wind yielded no good results [nevermind the fact that I am not able to focus in the dark at times]. I still have a bit of a learning curve with the new camera as well.

You can see a plane in the photo above! There were so many flying over that night–the jetstream must have been just right.

I really like what the high thin clouds did to the stars in this shot. I’m not sure if that’s a plane, iridium flare, ISS, or meteor on the left.

The next day, when it was just a little lighter, we snowshoed a few miles out and back. It snowed as we traversed the rim, filling the previous passerthroughs’ tracks. It was as if we were the only ones there. On the return, ski-strapped folks and a few snowshoers headed out.

We ended up ON another lake the next day, since the weather repeated its gloomy self. We had a lucky break and found some sun, fog, and a nicely frozen lake. With such a short window to visit, being flexible with locations and weather worked out in our favor! Many more photos to share from this trip!

Frosty Horizon

Frosty Horizon

I apparently have a WordPress Problem. I have 9 drafts in my queue, waiting to be finished, and yet I can’t seem to find conclusions for any of them.

It seems to be the biggest challenge in my job, too. Perhaps struggling with concluding points to the fact that I don’t like ‘ends’. Conclusions seem to invite the end of discussion on the topic and it’s my duty to provoke continuing conversation. I suppose, considering the opposite problem might be boredom, it’s a not a bad challenge to have at work.

With that, I present one of the views from Horse Mountain, a botanical area managed by the US Forest Service. This amazing area is the subject of one of my drafts waiting in the wings. Click the photo to link to a great brief description of the factors that make this place intriguingly unique!

Sepia Scenes of Snow in South Carolina!

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It snowed here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina–something that happens about once every ten years.  Though this wasn’t a record snowfall, it was enough to break plenty of branches. 

This is looking over a salt marsh towards the Ben Sawyer Bridge [under construction, hence all the lights].  I guess they worked on that bridge even while it snowed.

This is the old bridge that went to Sullivan’s Island.  Everything was plastered with snow and a little ice.  The wind didn’t help with long exposures, seemingly blowing only after I pressed the remote shutter release…

Palm trees don’t do well with snow. In fact, they look silly in the snow.  This was taken at 3:30 in the morning; luckily, no one was awake so there was no traffic and I could stand in the middle of the slushy road without worry.

I would have loved to get into downtown Charleston for some snow pictures, but there’s a large bridge in the way.

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Scenic Sunday Snow Degrees

First, I want to start out apologizing for some of your wonderful comments that manage to get themselves in the Spam Box!  Sorry about that!  You all leave wonderful comments and that just isn’t the place for wonderful comments like that!  I’ll be more vigilant about checking in the future!

Now to the Scenics.  Since some areas of the United States are getting snow and many are seeing VERY cold temperatures, I thought I’d go with the theme. 

I bet this Badlands formation is one of the most photographed: it sits right outside the Ben Reifel Visitor Center!  You walk out the front door and this is the view you are greeted with!  Wonderful, eh?!

These are three pictures with varying degrees of snow.  They were taken on the same day or over two days, I don’t remember, but I do remember the snow melted quickly that time! 

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