Snow Burn

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My sister tells me she enjoys my blog and hasn’t seen a post in awhile… so I guess I have been remise.¬† Hi, Karen ūüôā

So we went out to our burn area behind our house to take some photos of the burn area in the recent snow fall.

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Our singed trees are loving the snow and the soaking water it yields.¬† While many trees won’t come back… some will.

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We’ve gotten probably 24″ since Christmas all together, so it has been very welcome precipitation for our forest.¬† The snow has slowly melted in, giving the ground it’s much needed moisture.¬† We’ll take all we can get.¬† Bring it on.. and bring more!

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A Whoosh and a Tale

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We got about 8 inches of snow out of this last storm.  I am loving the beautiful fresh fallen snow on the trees.. and this sweet deer taking it all in.

Then… in a Whoosh, 1/100th of a second later, to be exact.¬† From right behind the tree came quite a surprise to me… and this lucky deer.

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OMG!  What the HECK was THAT?!?!

In a flash, this mountain lion thought he had dinner.   But in just a matter of minutes, he was back empty-pawed.

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Dejected and hungry, he left the scene of the near miss, not to be seen again.

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The deer have since been back… but are a lot more cautious and alert.

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It was the first mountain lion I have EVER seen in the wild.¬† I felt so fortunate to get a shot of it.¬† As it was… I was looking through my viewfinder when it happened…. and it was over in less than a blink of an eye.¬† Life happens quickly, it pays to know your path and be prepared.

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SnowFall

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Before Fall Colors have even popped yet, we got our first snowfall.  Fall Colors dropped against the blanket of fresh snow made the maple leaves in their varying color stand out.

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I love the contrast of color Fall brings, with the green Pines, yellowing Oaks, and emerging reds amidst the scattered Maples.¬† It’s a potpourri of color and textures.

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The snow just adds another dimension in this already gorgeous time in our myriad of seasons we get to enjoy.

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For more of my fall color photos, check out my post here…¬†https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/20/first-snow-2/

Grand Canyon – South Rim

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We just got back from the Grand Canyon – South Rim hoping to get some great storm cloudy pix.¬† It’s difficult if not impossible to schedule a trip around a storm, as getting reservations at the Canyon can be it’s own difficult task.¬† But we managed to get last minute reservations in one of their old ‘rustic’ cabins.

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A storm was predicted for the days we were there… but today’s weather forecasters are often wrong.¬† Furthermore, it’s hard to say if upon a storm one will get awesome clouds and interesting sky, or complete whiteout and washed out gray skies.

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The afternoon we arrived brought snow almost immediately.¬† The next day we were socked in and you couldn’t see the Canyon over the edge…. so I was glad I got the shots I did when I did.

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The day it snowed all day, we had hoped to get to see Hermit’s Rest, a Mary Colter building 7 miles off the main Grand Canyon loop.¬† Unfortunately, the road was closed due to all the snow we were having.¬† We got about 8″ in the day we were there.

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Going to the Grand Canyon is like touring the world…. people of all nationalities wander with you taking in the magnificent sights of the ‘big ditch’…. even in the snowy winter.

While we were out driving in the snow, we passed no less than 3 tow trucks towing multiple cars that had careened off the ice.  It was like a ice rink with rental cars as bumper cars, skidding into trees and into each other, many of whom had no doubt never before seen snow.  Roads were blocked with tow trucks clearing the way, making it impassable everywhere.

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We found these elk watching the traffic go by… munching the afternoon away after a short clearing.

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Check out my pix … here…. of Mary Colter’s Desert View Watchtower.

 

 

 

 

Snow pack

Just when we thought the snow was over and Summer was coming early, we got a storm out of seemingly nowhere. ¬†Yes, the weather forecasters said it was coming… but they are often wrong. ¬†So we didn’t expect much… certainly not what we got.

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It came hard and fast. ¬†It was heavy and wet, and probably dumped around 16″ in 12 hours. ¬†It was fun to watch as it came sideways across the horizon sticking on the trees previously bare of snow.

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It left just as fast as it came, and was gone seemingly overnight.  Because it was so wet, it melted fast.

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It left quite the impression… and filled Lake Mary.

 

 

Snow Birds

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We recently had a wave of 3 snow storms which all together yielded about 2′ of snow. ¬†The birds huddled under branches to keep out of the intense snow blasting sideways with the strong winds. ¬†You can see more of my Snow Animals on my photo blog…. here.

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The drifts piled high where the winds swept them against trees and boulders. ¬†But it didn’t deter the big animals from trudging through. ¬†We saw more than one limping as a result of tripping over unseen rocks and uneven terrain.

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It amazes me the treks these animals must take on a daily basis going from hither to yon incessantly. ¬†It’s a tough life in these mountains and woods with their treacherous inclines and rough canyons.

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