Thanks Anneli. The prettiest part of winter is still to come. We’re again going into the freezing rain phase, although there’s a chance for some snow. Lookout Pass is supposed to get 6 – 10 inches of snow tonight.
Oh!!! Am I ever glad I’m not driving through there now! And freezing rain is very bad too. We once ran into an ice storm on I-5 near Portland. It was terrifying. But if you don’t have to travel far and can just go out to take photos, it’s a beautiful time.
Your timing on your visit here was excellent! We’re in the time now that I really don’t like, freezing rain and black ice. It’s so dangerous for those who have to drive in it. The passes are actually better because they have snow up there and it isn’t as slick.
The animals haven’t come down yet, but in the mountains tonight a heavy snow is expected and that will make them think about moving down. We should get a couple inches in the valley too and that will bring down most of the leaves finally. It’s warm now, so it should be heavy, wet snow.
Interesting that you talk about the animals coming down. I’d not really thought about that. Just today, I saw the first coots here. They’re usually “the” sign of impending weather, but the teal, mallards and white pelicans showed up first this year. In the second photo, what’s that little white “mountain” in the stream? Just something that’s caught the ice and snow and formed a cone shape?
As the snow builds up in the high country, deer, elk and moose move down to lower elevations where there is less snow and finding food is much easier. Bears, or course, stay up there because they hibernate beneath the snow (and it provides good insulation for them). Lynx, on the other hand depend on the deep snow for hunting snowshoe rabbits and grouse, and so they thrive in deep snow areas. To a certain extent, mountain lions do too, although they will also follow the movements of the deer.
That white mound is just a rock and I think the white is the coloration of the rock itself. It’s not snow, nor is it a coating of ice. Stands out in the photo, doesn’t it!
Love the contrast in the 2 images – the sweeping view of the mountain and then the icy river at ground level. I do so love the snow in winter. There’s something about snow around Christmas that makes it such an amazing visual treat.
The only time I’ve really experienced it was the winter in London in 1978 when it snowed in inner London and stayed on the ground for quite some days at Christmas – very rare indeed).
I’ve always loved the snow around Christmas time too. When I was a kid it was a real concern some times that we wouldn’t have snow for Christmas, but I don’t remember ever not having it. On year, when I was 5 or 6 there was no snow clear up to Christmas Eve, but when we awoke Christmas morning there was a new 4 inches on the ground, plenty enough for Santa and his reindeer!
That is interesting that all that fits into the top photo! When I was little in the midwest, I would worry, too, if there was no snow on Christmas Eve but, even here in AZ, Santa and the reindeer somehow get the presents delivered.