30 May, 2013- Early Summer Snowstorm

Late Season snow temporarily renders the Snake River into a wintery wonderland.

Late Season snow temporarily renders the Snake River into a wintery wonderland.

On its surface, this image is completely unremarkable. A slightly blurry snapshot of a frigid mountain creek, captured with my little pocket camera as I rushed from point a to b.  But wait, there’s more to the story, as revealed by the camera’s EXIF data. For you see this image was captured on the 30th of May, as I sped my way up to Arapahoe Basin for yet another day of skiing.  My local friends remind me the Rocky Mountains are notorious for producing these late spring storms. Invariably around Memorial Day weekend we’ll have that unexpected (and entirely unwelcome) dumping of snow. I took it in stride, and actually enjoyed a couple of the more memorable powder runs of the season, made  all the more poignant for their scarcity value.  Until next year, beloved mountains, until next year.

 

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