SNOW!!!

watcher_IR.jpg

We set a record for snow this week!  Single day snow of 35″.  That brings our estimated total this year (since Jan 1) to 90″!  We are LOVING it.  Particularly, after our recent fire, we can sure use the precipitation.  Wooohoo.

sno pines_IR.jpg

It snowed an inch an hour for from 8am Thurs to 8am Fri.. and then some.  It was a sight to see… and very happy we were here to see it.

IMG_20190221_155348351_HDR~2_IR.jpg

elksnow_IR.jpg

Snowy faces all around!

snowyface_IR.jpg

Check out more pix here….. https://kritterspix.com/2019/02/23/snow-elk/

 

 

Snow Burn

_40A1727_IR.jpg

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 🙂

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

_40A1528_IR.jpg

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

_40A1548_IR-2.jpg

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!

_40A1683_IR.jpg

_40A1632_IR.jpg

A Whoosh and a Tale

Dearner_IR.jpg

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.

MountainLion Leap_IR.jpg

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.

Mountain Lion Snow_IR.jpg

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

MtnLion_IR.jpg

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

AlertBuck_IR.jpgnewbucksno_IR.jpg

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.

Buck Butt_IR.jpg

 

 

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.

jayflt snow_IR.jpg

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.

snowtreetall_IR.jpg

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

sf peaks_IR.jpg

It left quite the impression… and filled Lake Mary.

 

 

Snow Birds

coldflicker cloPSi.JPG

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.

redsno2PSi.JPG

redbrancPSi.JPG

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.

jaysnoPSi.JPG

famportPSi.JPG

dotree3PSi.JPG

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.

buckgoPSi.JPG

jaysnoPS_1i.JPG

April Showers bring Snow

What’s with this weather?  Just when you think it’s time to plant tulips… or at least a garden; take off the long underwear and bring the shorts and t-shirts out of storage… NOT.

We got SNOW!

snowg_SsPSi.JPG

Ok, it’s true.  It didn’t come down for very long… or very much.  But come down it did.  In a downpour of fine snow mist it raced across the sky, as if in a hurry to get somewhere else.  It didn’t stick, or stay long.  It was here and then it was gone.  Glad I stuck my camera outside to capture it’s fleeting coldness.

This little buck got caught in a wave of it, and the cross hairs of my camera lens.

bucksnoPSi.JPG

While Phoenix is getting 90F days, we are getting snow storms.  Go figure.  You never know what the day will bring here on the mountain.