Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring Equinox

The equinox was yesterday. Call me crazy but I think the clouds at sunset looked warmer.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

p.e. no.10 - Super Tour

A group of about seventy back country ski racers came through town this morning. The first of them made it from the trail head to Gothic in twenty minutes. The same distance takes me an hour and twenty minutes to cross. billy wanted to form a caretaker gauntlet; throwing rocks, sticks, and withering insults at these speed devils in envious protest... It took some doing, but I talked him out of it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

p.e. no.09 - Ten Percent Water

To my fans, all two of you, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been working on other stuff. But last Tuesday (2/24) we had a weird snowstorm roll in that I couldn't ignore with my camera.

Usually the water content of the snow up here is around 5%, much lighter than the average 10% at lower elevations. This storm was the exception. I measured 12% after almost two feet total snowfall over two days. I had to shovel the outhouse path half a dozen times on Monday to keep ahead of it. The temperature hovered just above freezing both days.

I woke up early Tuesday. The snow had stopped falling so I went out to do another quick shovel. The weather was foggy and strange, with zero wind. I've been waiting for a good picture day like this. I snowshoed up Copper Creek road and could hear aspens snapping under the weight all around me as I went. I'm glad I got an early start too, because owing to the sun's heat and the slightest breeze the snow was all gone on the trees by noon.

That's Dennis walking across the previous two pictures.

I'll post more pictures of this storm soon...