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18 April 2009

Spring Snow in Colorado

I usually do a Sunday Morning Gallery post and I had one prepared for today, but because many of you know I live in the foothills of northern Colorado, and may have heard of our intense spring storm I decided to post some photos. It has been a crazy few days.

It snowed all night Thursday and all the next day and through the next night too. Our landscape became surreal as the heavy wet snow clung to everything. The giant ponderosa pines, which normally can handle heavy snows, were swaying like drunken sailors with the heavy weight.

Then the snapping and popping like a rifle shot started as the tops, branches, and whole trees came crashing down around us unable to sustain the huge weight. I started to wonder when it would stop by that time and listened for house groans, but none came. Our post and beam construction held strong.

I am very happy to get this moisture after a very dry winter here in Colorado, but when it comes all at once it can be challenging. But now the road is plowed, the fire is stoked, and dinner is cooking away. All is cozy, safe and warm on a spring day on Stellers Ridge.


  1. Julie, I have been thinking about you with all the snow in your area. Beautiful photographs!

  2. Wow! that is crazy! excellent work though controlling the exposures!

    Keep up the great work!

  3. So beautiful, Julie!

  4. Thanks friends! The lighting was tough and it really was not so pretty, but had to share!

  5. julie, as always, these are beautiful shots! i would love to be making snow angels right now! it is so hot here in CA, i can't stand it! thanks for letting me daydream! :)

  6. The first image is incredible- with the snow on the railing! Wow, what a storm. And here I was complaining that Chicago is 40deg. in mid April..

  7. Whoa, look at all those bent trees! Good to hear your house held up. :)

  8. It's hard to believe it is going to be in the 60s today! That's spring time in Colorado!


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