Wind picks up the spin drift heading down out of the Tundra transition

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Family photographer.… on November 26, 2007

Great! I can't believe there is snow somewhere in the world:). And in such abundance! It is a beautiful composition, Rich.

Cheers!

Richard Ryer on November 26, 2007

Greetings Inessa, This is really the first snow of the year so there isn't much on the ground right now. I was on this trail last Saturday and there was no snow what so ever. This was just one small storm. Because of the terrain, the wind will drift the snow into this area, hence so much now. As the winter goes on these trees will be buried all except the top few inches where the snow scrubs back out. It sure made for nice boot hiking. I didn't have to worry about post holing, snow shoes or crampons. Very easy traveling snow. You can see the wind is blowing from the spin drift on the right side. Beautiful day.

Cheers,

Rich

jenny53 on November 26, 2007

smart picture

Richard Ryer on November 26, 2007

Greetings Jenny, Thanks for visiting the trail shot and your wonderful comment. You are able to see snow blowing in from the right. It was very windy and chilly. It was wonderful to finally be able to get back out on the snow and take a walk. It was a beautiful day.

Cheers,

Rich

May Margrit B. (Swis… on November 28, 2007

Beautiful Photo with the big rock in the foreground. On the original size the view across the plane is very, very nice. The snow blowing makes the place seem to be very remote.

Great shot, Rich!

Greetings, May

Richard Ryer on November 28, 2007

Greetings May, Thanks for visiting the tundra transition trail and commenting. Up on this part of the lower mountain you feel like you are moving to a different planet. The trees go away and there is nothing but broken rock leading up to the peak. The wind typically blows up there and the snow was a good indicator that it was blowing. I didn't have to wait long to get the spindrift. As you get higher up you can see more and more of the plains. When it is light you can see the squares of the fields and when it is dark you see all the city lights along the front range. It is a remote place, 2 miles from the trail head here and over 1,000 feet higher. I'd seen 4 other people to this point, about 5 hours I think. And it is snowing outside right now. Thanks again for your visits.

Cheers,

Rich

May Margrit B. (Swis… on November 28, 2007

Thank you for describing the scene! And I am happy for you about the snow in your place, you having wished for it so dearly. :) Here it's quite cold, but no snow anymore and I am happy like this.

Greetings, May

Richard Ryer on November 28, 2007

Greetings May, My pleasure. I am glad it is snowing more often. I was inside all day and didn't get to see if the mountains were all covered before the sun went down.

Cheers,

Rich

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Photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, East Longs Peak Trail, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA

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  • Uploaded on November 25, 2007
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    by Richard Ryer
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
    • Taken on 2007/11/25 11:35:10
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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