Appreciating snow

El Nino has been a benefactor this year, and I am reveling in the snow. Here are some photos from the last few days.

This is an abstract, an idea I picked up from taking photos with Anne Sandler at Slow Shutter Speed. I had fun with it. These are icicles.

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The sun disappears early at this time of year and makes this lovely glow from the behind the mountain on its way out.Winterscapes-1

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I appreciate that the sun sets and also rises and that snow blankets our mountains this year.

Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

9 shopping days and huge sale

Happy Monday. Nine shopping days remain before Christmas. I have a long way to go. I haven’t even done our cards yet. Fortunately, I did get on top of things in time to mail gifts to my Australian family, and the presents arrived there today.

As for the holiday cards, I’ve pulled together some photos, but there is a tiny problem. I was so into photography this year but I didn’t take pictures of my husband and I on our travels, and that’s what we always put on our cards. This is going to take some work to find some selfies or else I’ll have to use Photoshop.

Speaking of photos, my mother-in-law just gave me a good hint. She wants photos of her grandson’s wedding. I’m going to create a photo book for her from Snapfish. I love those, and I think she will, too.

Oh wow, I just signed into Snapfish and books are on sale for 67% off! Today is the last day. So I have to hurry and do this post so you have time to snag the deal. The coupon code is 999BOOK.

There is a lot of snow in the Sierras. I skied yesterday and today, and let me tell you, it felt really good to get out of my writing chair and move! I didn’t take any photos, but I will tomorrow. It is supposed to be sunny, which will make for pretty photos.

I wanted to share these two images with you. One is a view of the Sierras from Nevada, and the other is from a butterfly collection on permanent display in the Truckee Recreation Center. It’s an awesome collection, although it is sad to me that the butterflies have to die to be collected. It’s not something I would choose to do, yet I admired the tenacity of the collector. She worked on it for about 30 years starting in the late 1800s. I should have written down her name. I’ll get it on the next visit.

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Spring skiing and a dog

I would love to have one of these dogs, the Great Dane. The man let me take a picture.

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The Alpine Meadows Adaptive Skiing Center makes me so happy.

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There were two people helping this little skier. The next day I saw two people helping a blind skier. Skiing feels really good, the fresh pine-scented air blowing on your face and the feeling of gliding. The center makes all kinds of innovative equipment to help people with different disabilities.

Here is the last photo of this vacation.

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I do have a few more to show you, which I will do when I get home.

Happy Tuesday, or Wednesday, as the case may be.

Nicci

Skiing at Alpine Meadows March 6th

We have just enough snow and lovely warm weather to make for a lot of fun.

I saved most of the photography for the end of the day.

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But I did get my husband to take this of me so I wouldn’t have to do a selfie.

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I plan to go out and photograph the Truckee River today. What do you plan to do with your Saturday (or Sunday)?

Nicci

Riding the tram at Squaw Valley

This mountain, which we called Granite Chip (though I’m not sure if that is correct and couldn’t confirm), has always been one of my favorites. The contrasts of color in the rocks, snow, sky, and trees are so pretty.

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I shot these out the tram window, as you can see, but what a great vantage point for photographing this slot at the top. I used to hike up here in the summer with my dog and look out through that slot down to the valley floor. A tad scary for someone afraid of heights (a little) but I would just stand back a bit. The slot was a natural frame for the beautiful valley floor.

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If I love the colors so much, why did I make one monochrome? It’s kind of dramatic this way.

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The weather turned really nice today and is going to keep getting warmer. I hope to get some more photos for you. I’m so tempted to take my DSLR out. I saw some trees below one of the lifts with roots hugging the crown of a bluff. I’d have to take my skis off and scramble up over rocks and through snow in my ski boots, so it might not happen. But it would be an interesting twist on skiing to turn the day into a  photo shoot!

Snow, snow, beautiful snow!

A recent Scientific American explained how the melting of the polar ice caps has reduced the temperature difference between the north pole and the equator which has reshaped the jet stream, locking in warm dry weather in the west of the US and cold wet weather in the east. But we finally did get some nice cold snow from Alaska last night. Here it is:

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Soon you will even be seeing skiing pictures from me. After all, this is partly a skiing blog but for the past two seasons, my skiing posts have been few and far between.

Happy last day of February!

Nicci