That’s a gorgeous photo. We saw snow in the higher elevations as we drove through mid-eastern Montana on I-90/94 yesterday. It was pretty, but nothing like this photo of yours. Beautiful warm day at the lower elevations today.
Now here’s a silly question. Is it possible that the snow is melting on the trees from the ground up because the land is warmer than the air? I couldn’t figure out why the photo looked so unusual to me, and then I decided it’s because I would have expected more snow on the green cedar (?) and less on the bare branches. Whatever the answer, it’s a gorgeous photo, and especially nice to look at now that our brief cool snap (down to 59F one night!) is over.
I couldn’t say why the trees look that way, but the white is partly from snow and mostly from hoarfrost. It will do some very strange things. The snow had drifted over parts of the trail, two feet deep in a few places.
Today at our house at 2450 feet the high temp was 54. It was much colder at 7000 feet. There was no sign of the snow melting.
Do you get used to the high elevation on the walk up that high, in terms of having trouble breathing? I remember Pike’s Peak when I was a kid, but it didn’t take long to get used to it. Being so high is like being a giant and looking down on all creation! LoL! =)
I don’t especially care for deep cold, but in these parts we need some very much to kill some of the beetles that have been killing so many trees. I look forward to a lot of snow though this winter. It would be about time for it again.
Thank you! This trip was very close to home.
We share a love for dogs. My companion went with me today and is now asleep close to me breathing the deep breaths of a well-earned deep sleep. She is 12 but shows her age only during a good sleep after a hard day.
If only they could! Trees, for me, tend to tie together large spans of our natural history. Most of the old trees on this mountain saw periods of history centuries before I was able to walk up there and visit them. And then I sit by them and wonder, hoping that some day they will talk to me.
Near the very top of that mountain it is very rocky with few trees. There is nearly always a wind and the conditions are harsh. Still, some trees grow, but without the protection of a forest they show the effects of the wind and cold and unbroken sun.
That is a place that I can visit often until snow closes the road to the trail head, and I visit there often. The trick is to guess what the weather will be up there. Yesterday from the valley, the top of the mountain was not visible because of clouds. I guessed it would be clear above the clouds and I was right. I will post more photos from there from yesterday’s hike.