There was quite a bit here too, higher up. I turned around at about 5,500 feet, where there was about 6 inches. The clouds were down and visibility was also low. I had intended to go higher but that wasn’t a good idea today.
I’m loving this weather. Our summers have been in drought condition for several years and this is so nice to see. It was very cloudy and rainy today and those who stayed in the valley didn’t even know there was snow higher up.
Hard to believe it’s summer on your side of the world.
Lovely series of images. You’ve captured that freezing cold atmosphere perfectly. I’m surprised the flowers haven’t wilted in that recent snow, but maybe they’ve just frozen solid which has kept their freshness – lol
The pictures were actually taken in the clouds. As I drove up there I hit the cloud level at about 4,000 feet and there were still dense clouds at 5,500. It was raining but at that level in the clouds, the rain was still forming so it wasn’t falling very far. Interesting to be in a cloud when it is forming rain!
Wow, that’s an amazing sight to see! Do the mountains usually get fresh snowfall around this time of year? There is still some snow lingering on the tops in the Highlands of Scotland but we won’t have any fresh snow for months. Those flowers are beautiful, too… it’s a hard and short season they have to cope with!
It’s not unusual to get a snowfall in June. Doesn’t happen every year, but it’s never surprising and it has to be considered when going into the high country!
The plants that grow there are amazing in their toughness.
After coming out of drought conditions over the last several years, it’s a wonderful change to have a very wet spring. Our western valleys have received good amounts of rain and higher up it came down as snow. I can’t resist getting out in it!
Amazing the flowers are surviving that cold wet stuff. As for the white stuff, it has not been gone here long enough to miss it even a little bit. 😉
Your first few pictures were bringing back winter nightmares (that took place just a month or so ago), I did not even want to look … but, you promised flowers.
Very nice ones.
Wonder if they would grow here in the snow? … might make these extremely long Minnesota winters more bearable.
The plants that live at the higher elevations have evolved to handle these conditions. They are amazing beings! Beargrass doesn’t grow east of Montana and Wyoming, and it’s found here only over 4,000 feet. I wish I understood the reasons for that, but it seems to have a very successful survival strategy.
There a many vastly differing elevations and climates in this region and the plant life is suited to each it seems. This will probably be the last snow of this season, but who knows? Over the years I’ve seen snow in every month at some time.
That drop to the side of the Jeep goes down a long, long way! I was tempted to keep going but the visibility was so low it wouldn’t have been possible to see much and I was already 8 miles from the highway. I just love days like that!
Wonderful pics, and I’m so glad to see that slushy, wet snow. We used to have occasional Easters in Iowa when there would be tulips and forsythia blooming in late snows. As you mentioned, if the temperature isn’t too cold, the flowers actually seem to like it. I got curious, and went looking to see what temperatures are recommended for floral coolers. I found one trade paper that said cut flowers should be cooled to 33-35, and then maintained around 38 degrees. I suspect your flowers were pretty happy.