Driving in Snow

I find that one of the main hazards of driving in snow happens after the snow has fallen, the roads have been plowed, the immediate sky has cleared, and the clouds are gathering again over the mountains to loose another load of the white stuff.  It’s rather distracting…in a beautiful way.  It’s kind of hard to keep one eye on the car in front of you while using the other eye to keep the mountains lined-up properly in the view-finder…with the camera pointing out the side window….  After several anxious moments and a few close calls, it seemed more prudent to simply pull to the side of the road and take a few seconds longer to make it home.   🙂

This is Mount Olympus…a rather gorgeous part of the Wasatch Mountain range in any weather…

Somewhere around the cloud-filled bowl we can find Bells Peak and Lone Peak on a less cloudy day…

This is historic Wheeler Farm in front of Twin Peaks…

This is also part of Wheeler Farm…just to the left of the above picture…and with the afore-mentioned Mount Olympus in the background…

And this is Twin Peaks again…too pretty not to look at one more time….

These were all taken on my way home from work today…traveling south on 900 East, from around 4800 South to 6000 South, in the greater area of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  I suppose the streets actually went through the towns/cities of Murray and Cottonwood Heights…-ish…or something like that.

We had somewhere between three and five inches of snow last night, depending on how and where you might measure the pretty white stuff…and have a 100% chance of getting 2-4 more inches tonight…so they say….

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22 responses

  1. Yay, snow!

    March 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    • Yes, indeed, Lilly! 🙂

      March 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  2. Fabulous!

    March 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    • Thank you, Susie! 🙂

      March 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  3. Great pictures Scott.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:20 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook. 🙂

      March 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

  4. What a wonderful awesome mountain range. It is very pretty and also what the 19th Century artists and poets would have called ‘sublime’: beautiful but powerfully stunning at the same time. The mountains look as if they have been pencil drawn.

    I like the eyes flick between the Natural mountains and the man-made triple red lights in the foreground of the first image.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:54 am

    • Oh, it is a wonderful and awesome mountain range, Meanderer! I do love it, so…look at it intentionally every single day. And you’re right, sublime…and what a nice word.

      I did “notice” the red lights when looking at the photo, but not with the eyes of someone seeing the sight for the first time…I’ll have to go back and look at it again and appreciate what you’ve seen. Thank you. 🙂

      March 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

  5. The things we see driving to and from work! When my daughter lived in Aztec New Mexico I told her to savor every scene and every moment of the beauty she was experiencing because one day she would be moving and never see it again. We need to stop as you did and just enjoy. Thank you

    March 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    • Indeed, Bonnie, the things we see on the commute…. And a beautiful perspective to share with your daughter…and so true. Those things that we take for granted today, even the view on the way to and from work, might be gone tomorrow and maybe forever. And I do love my mountains…every single day.

      You are welcome…and thank you, too. 🙂

      March 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

  6. What an awesome commute! Your photos of work on 2nd March very interesting too! Is this your line of work or just something you saw en route? Loving your blog, Marion.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • Hello Marion – yes, it is an awesome commute…so pretty. 🙂

      And yes, the boxes of condoms are actually part of my work. I’m a disease investigator and we do have boxes of condoms and lubricant and other fun things at work…trying to help prevent the spread of certain types of infections….

      I’m glad you’re loving my blog…thank you for letting me know!

      March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  7. What a lovely scenic way to commute to/from work. I’d be so busy looking at the scenery on the road, I would have been sure to have a car accident in your situation.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    • It really is so beautiful, Victoria…and so hard to keep looking forward when I want to only look at the mountains! Thank you. 🙂

      March 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  8. Neat post! Really appreciate the like and follow

    March 3, 2012 at 3:20 am

    • Thank you, Madhu…and you are very welcome, for both. 🙂

      March 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

  9. What a picturesque commute! I love the blue shades in these!

    I drive along a couple of well known motorways (freeways in the US?) to get to and from work. I’d love to get some shots when the sun is rising or setting, because the beauty of the sky, combined with the lights of the cars/bridges etc looks great.

    March 3, 2012 at 3:59 am

    • It is a beautiful commute, Dreams and Zeros…hard not to stare…between glances at the traffic!

      I don’t have a problem stopping along the freeway/motorway to take photos…there is usually enough space to the side of the road that I can safely pull over to grab a few shots. I’ll look forward to your sun and sky shots! Be careful. 🙂

      March 3, 2012 at 7:49 am

  10. Looks cold but the photos are lovely. So what’s could have been the charge for the little stunt you pulled, “shooting while driving”? 🙂

    March 4, 2012 at 5:33 am

    • Thank you, Jessie…is was kind of cold…but not horribly so. And I don’t know what the fine would have been if a police officer had seen me snapping a couple shots behind the wheel. Hmmm…. 🙂

      March 4, 2012 at 7:00 am

  11. Great to get some snow finally! Those beautiful mountains need it, and the state needs it. I know exactly where you are driving. Wheeler Farm is on 900 East.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    • Yes, it was wonderful to get some snow finally, Fergiemoto…much needed. And you’re right, 900 East…thank you. My mind was still traveling down 700 East after the bend south of 4500.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

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