snowburst?

Call it what you will, but that’s what it was…and that’s the view I had while driving home from work yesterday afternoon….  The mass of rock and earth to the left of the cloudburst is Mt Olympus…rising to 9,026 feet in elevation with a prominence of 4,700 ft over the Salt Lake Valley.

snow burst over Wasatch Mountains

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24 responses

  1. What a great and beautiful view you captured… Fascinated me. Thank you, with my love, nia

    November 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

    • Thank you, Nia…very glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      November 6, 2013 at 6:44 am

  2. That mountain range is spectacular!

    November 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

    • It sure is, Allen…quite spectacular.

      November 6, 2013 at 6:45 am

  3. Them crazy clouds of the Wasatch! How I miss them. That’s quite a catch. I see you also shoot through the windshield when necessary. Not always a wise thing to do, but there’s them times when it can’t be resisted. Thanks for sharing this magnificent snowburst. But still no white stuff at lower elevations?

    November 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    • They do catch/make/support some wonderful clouds, Gunta…as you know very well. And yes, ahem…I did “have” to make a windshield shot with this one….in the moment, you know? And actually, we got between one and three inches of snow on the valley floor that night…our first snowfall of the season, and most of it was gone by the end of the day yesterday, which is often how it goes here.

      November 6, 2013 at 6:48 am

  4. Very nice capture!

    November 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    • Thank you, Terry…it was too amazing to resist! And just when I was thinking about leaving the camera at home, too, instead of “dragging” it to work with me every day. I think I’ll keep bringing it along. 🙂

      November 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

  5. Awesome shot.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    • Thank you, Emilio…I thought it was rather wonderful.

      November 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

  6. Well taken, Scott….and lovely colours too.

    November 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

    • Thank you, John…it’s a beautiful view for the evening commute….

      November 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

  7. This reminds me of the first time I visited SLC & southern Utah, around 2000. i loved the scenery, particularly the fact that as I drove around in my rental car I had views like this. Coming from NY, I couldn’t believe it. I seriously thought I might move to SLC. I was able to come back again a few years later and I still loved it. The way life worked out, I didn’t move west until 2012 and as you know I moved to the Seattle area, but this kind of thing is really what got the ball rolling. You did good with this shot! But I won’t encourage that behavior! 😉

    November 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    • It is a very captivating view, Lynn…and I think my first experience of seeing these mountains (after living in the desert for so many years) was probably similar to yours, coming from NYC. I cherish the view and the fact that I’m living here…seems that with life being what it is, we never know how long we’re going to be in one place. And no…I don’t typically take pictures of the mountains while driving down the freeway. 😉

      November 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

  8. That is just amazing! What a stunning view to have while driving home from work! All the more reason to look forward to the end of the work day!

    November 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    • I do always look forward to this part of the drive, Susan…it makes-up for dealing with the traffic. 😉

      November 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

  9. Spectacular! Amazing shot, Scott.

    November 8, 2013 at 7:03 am

    • Thank you very much, Yvonne. 🙂

      November 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

  10. The soft warm light on Mt Olympus is a delight, Scott. You were so right to include the foreground freeway. It provides the contrast and adds greatly to the success of the image on so many levels.

    November 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

  11. Thank you, Andy. I hadn’t even considered showing the image without the freeway, it seemed to provide so much context for the view. I’m glad that you agree! 🙂

    November 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

  12. Safe on the highway… but going straight towards the storm…

    November 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    • It had blown north, to the left, by the time I made it home…didn’t even encounter rain.

      November 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

  13. A nifty exposure, Scott, and it’s a good job you keep the windshield clean…..I’ve been caught out by that all too often.

    November 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

    • Thank you, John…and yes, the clean windshield helped with this one. 😉

      December 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm

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