hillside of aspen shadows

While there are tiny green shoots of various types of tubers and grasses poking up through the winter brown grass and whatnot that covers our various landscapes, the season of snow is not finished here in the Wasatch.  It’s hard to remember, with the spring-like, crystal-clear skies and warming days, that it is really only February.  A pacific storm will be coming in tomorrow and laying another 3-7 inches of white stuff in the mountains…and then another stronger one comes in Friday that will last through the weekend and into next week…that will deliver another 12-18 inches.  Even though I am beginning to ache for the warmth of the clear trails and greening mountains, I can’t help but love the beautiful white of the wintery Wasatch Mountains.

I made this image over a month ago when returning from a hike toward White Pine Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

aspen shadows on hillside

24 responses

  1. Love your words as much as the photo! There is a longing at this time of year.

    February 26, 2014 at 8:37 am

    • Thank you, Miss Bonnie…there is a longing, indeed, for the fresh green and warmth of the mountain forests…maybe soon. 🙂

      March 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

  2. Nut Balls

    I agree with Bonnie. Beautiful words 🙂 That is a really cool, almost cross-hatch looking picture 🙂

    February 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

    • Thank you, Nathan…that patch of ground was rathere eye-catching from the other side of the canyon.

      March 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

  3. Fantastic image – almost abstract. You are right to love and appreciate these weather conditions.

    February 26, 2014 at 9:07 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer. 🙂

      March 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

  4. Fascinating picture, it’s like a piece of abstract art.. Wonderful stuff.. it’s those aspens, love them! 🙂

    February 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

    • Yes, it is, Adrian…it’s those aspens. 🙂

      March 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

  5. Beautiful image (as usual)…. at first glance I thought it was grasses. 🙂

    February 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta….I’d like it with grasses, also. 🙂

      March 4, 2014 at 8:14 am

  6. Lovely composition, Scott!

    February 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    • Thank you, Cathy. 🙂

      March 4, 2014 at 8:14 am

  7. I understand that feeling of longing for spring but still trying to appreciate the beauty of winter. Its’s been a real winter this year.
    The thin trees are like pencils drawing shadows in the snow.

    February 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    • I like that, Karen…pencils drawing shadows in the snow…that is very much what it appears to be. I’ve read that your part of the world has had “real” winter this year…and can imagine how earnestly you must be longing for the warmth of spring.

      March 4, 2014 at 8:17 am

  8. smackedpentax

    Superb image Scott – we have had no snow where I live this year and I miss it dreadfully.

    February 27, 2014 at 1:34 am

    • Thank you, James….maybe we could change places for a week or so….? 🙂

      March 4, 2014 at 8:18 am

      • smackedpentax

        I’d love that 😉

        March 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

  9. At first glance, I thought the trees with their shadows were the lines in a wire fence. This is really fantastic, Scott. I like.

    February 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • Thank you, George….I’m glad you do. 🙂

      March 4, 2014 at 8:19 am

  10. Superb shot, Scott. One of my favorites!

    February 28, 2014 at 2:49 am

    • Thank you very much, Dreams and Zeros. 🙂

      March 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

  11. Striking and poetic…..

    March 6, 2014 at 4:16 am

    • Thank you, John. 🙂

      March 6, 2014 at 8:29 am

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