Tag Archives: Snow

Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Baby, it’s cold outside

Since it’s the middle of winter, the first readers Photo Challenge assignment of 2018 will be appropriate to the season: The subject will be “Cold.” Recent storms have brought snow to the Sierras which are only a few hours away. Snow-capped mountains and white, Christmasy pine trees are perfect for this challenge. People sledding, skiing [...]

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Old Man Spring

When my daughter and I left on our trip to New York in April, the weather here was very nice with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. As our plane flew over the Sierra, we could see snow-covered mountaintops around the Lake Tahoe area. The skies soon clouded over and as we reached our [...]

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Spring in the Delta

The first day of Spring in the small Delta town of Walnut Grove (my hometown) was heralded in with the twittering of birds, the blossoming of pear orchards, and snow. Snow in the Delta? Despite the fact that temperatures hovered around 70 degrees with partly cloudy skies, there was snow. Sisters Brenda, 14, and Jennifer [...]

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Just a little color

It was mostly an overcast day on our trip to Soda Springs. The sun made only transient appearances. The subdued lighting, combined with the dark colors worn by most of the skiers, made for a nearly black and white day. Still, there were some small oases of color. The tubes used for sledding down a [...]

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Rain or snow

Snow dusts pine trees at Soda Springs in Nevada County (Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 70-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 100). The drive to our ski trip to Soda Springs was dry through the valley and foothills, but snow started falling just a few miles from our destination. The flurries were [...]

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Slip n’ slide

The Dell’Osso Farms Snow Tube Mountain is not quite a true mountain. It’s a 3-story-tall, ramp-shaped mound of dirt covered with man-made snow. Tube riders, take a moving walkway up the hill to a staging area at the top to await their turn at speeding down the slippery slope. Employees at the top wait for [...]

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Snow job

(Camera: Canon 20D. Lens: Canon 16-35mm @ 27mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/10. ISO: 200) We’ve made the long drive on I-5 to Oregon many times. We always look forward to seeing Mount Shasta in every time. Located in the Cascade Range in Northern California, its serene beauty is just awe inspiring. We usually go [...]

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Nikkor 17-35mm @ 35mm. Exposure: f/11 @ 1/500 sec. ISO: 200) Someone call Charlie Brown and tell him I’ve found his Christmas tree near Bear Valley. I could hear Vince Guaraldi’s piano in my head as I took this picture on a recent trip to the Mother Lode.

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Relying upon the kindness of strangers

U.S. Forest Service employee Mike Stroude, right, checks a depth gauge while fellow employee Marilyn Meyer writes down his findings the Eldorado National Forest at Corral Flat with a team to take a snow survey. I’m a valley boy, born and raised. I say that because I was totally unprepared for my assignment to photograph [...]

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