Starting a new year by going to mountains adorned with fresh snow is about the best way I can think of to begin a new year and that is what I did this morning. I guess you could say my heart is in the mountains.
Forecasters have been predicting snow for the Valley floor for the last few days but I decided to take matters in my own hands and go out and find some. The mountains surrounding the Valley are all rimmed with fresh snow – ~1,500 seemed to be the snow line.
I headed out with the intention of shooting up the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River upriver from the town of Westfir. The image below was the first one I took this year – seemed to say Snow Clouds.
As expected the further upriver I went the deeper the snow got until I could tell I was pushing snow with the front of the car. I was determined to get to a small stream – a tributary – that I had photographed in the autumn a few years back. So much different now – dark and cold but still a riot of sound as it moved its way downstream.
For those prone to comments on composition I purposely left in that small twig at the bottom center of the image – I like the whimsy.
After getting turned around which was a bit of a challenge but I did not get stuck. Did not have my trusty diggers Paula and Dave with me so was careful. Glad for that Subaru 4 wheel drive.
As I slowly drove along the road headed back the scene below just seemed to beckon. I parked and wandered through about 12 inches of snow to find what I was looking for.
As always you can get a larger view by clicking on the image and I sure do welcome all of your comments.