Spring Snow in the Mountains

Spring can be pretty unpredictable in Santa Fe, going from warm and sunny one day to snow and hail the next. I saw a storm coming into the mountains and thought it might be my last chance to spend some time in the aspens while they’re standing in snow. It was about 4:30 so I walked the dogs and headed up as fast as I could.

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It was lightly snowing and pretty deep snow on the ground when I started climbing – the trail is strenuous at first; but then when one comes to the where the ground is somewhat more level there is a tremendous sense of exhilaration at how beautiful and hidden it is. The snow got stronger to the point where it was difficult to take photographs – but really really beautiful – and I thought I better start heading down as it was getting darker all the time.

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I started back, and then suddenly the sun broke through and the snow stopped. It was as if the clock had turned back an hour. So I wandered around some more – everywhere I looked it was amazing. Finally as the sun set I slowly, somewhat reluctantly, headed back down to the car. Such soul food up there!

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6 thoughts on “Spring Snow in the Mountains

  1. Greg Gawlowski

    Another stunning series of pics, JK!
    That featured image would look unbelievable on high gloss aluminum. Just sayin’.
    See you next month!

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  2. M

    My affection for strong crisp verticals also rises. What a magical experience and oddly evoke some painting (Joseph Raffael, e.g.)–there’s dazzle and awe in the immensity of Nature/Beauty coinciding with the smallest elements or details that compose it, bark on trees, the quiet snow. Synesthesia too.

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