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That snow and ice I mentioned last time

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Yup, still plenty of cold white stuff at the higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park on June 5th. The two-lane road through the park was clear and dry, but in one place I caught sight of a parked snow plow, and piled up in several other places right along the road I saw walls of white that I assume arose from the work the plow had done some days earlier. Striations don’t come from geology alone.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 7, 2017 at 4:41 AM

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  1. What a wonderful view, given the present temperatures. Well, after a heavy thunderstorm in the early morning hours it is somewhat cooler now. That and the rain are quite a relief.
    Enjoy your day,


    August 7, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    • We didn’t get heavy rain here—unless we did and I slept through it—but at least the moderate rain we’ve gotten has continued into the morning and the forecast is good for more today and tomorrow. We can use it.

      The snow and ice in the Rocky Mountains on June 5th made quite a contrast with what we’d left behind in Texas. Even down below the Rockies in Denver and Colorado Springs the weather was more summery. As we drove up into the mountains, the temperature gradually dropped 20 or 25°.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 7, 2017 at 9:19 AM

      • We had 4.6 inches. Yeah! And not a chance to sleep through THAT thunder – right over our heads.


        August 7, 2017 at 5:25 PM

  2. So beautiful — and so appealing. A few days in the snow would be nice about now. I especially like the first photo, with its combination of black, blue, and white, and the pock marks in the snow that show evidence of the slow melting process.


    August 7, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    • Even a few hours’ exposure to the ice and snow were welcome in early June. How much more so they’d be now, two months later, in the height of the Texas summer. It was the patch of blue in the top photograph that distinguished it from many of the others I took.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 7, 2017 at 9:23 AM

  3. Beautiful .. bet the air is clean and crisp! The pop of blue is special ..


    August 7, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    • Yes, the air is clean and crisp. At the same time, the high altitude makes it harder to do physical activities—harder than in your Southern Alps.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 7, 2017 at 3:12 PM

  4. Beautiful shot! Love the cloud formations drawing your eye in!

    Reed Andariese

    August 8, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    • We saw some excellent clouds on this trip. In this case the patch of blue was the unexpected and welcome element.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 9, 2017 at 6:40 AM

  5. Brrrr!


    October 9, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    • We had some more encounters with ice on our recent jaunt to Alberta, so we’ve experienced ice on two trips in a row.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2017 at 2:26 PM

      • Was that a shock to your systems?


        October 10, 2017 at 8:45 AM

        • No, it wasn’t. Even though we were close to several glaciers, the air temperature was quite warm. As a precaution I brought a sweater with me on both of the recent trips; not once did I have an occasion to put it on.

          Steve Schwartzman

          October 10, 2017 at 1:38 PM

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