Mornings in the Mountains

When it snows it quiets down. It literally becomes quiet as the snow absorbs all sound. I love the hikes on those pristine mornings when it is cold, crisp, and quiet. This is the back of Sugar Bowl ~ you can see the ski runs in the upper right of this image. Totally peaceful out here in the winter weather.

Donner Lake from the Summit, over 7,000 feet. A bit of ice floating on the water. Temps were 0* overnight and were 10* when this image was taken. It was like the entire world was still asleep.

Rushing water with steam rising. No sounds except the movement of the water and click of the shutter.

The kind of snow that sticks to every branch on every tree ~ too cold for it to begin melting. The sun was peeking through the woods, sparkling on the fresh snow.

The limbs are heavy, bending and sagging.

Trails disappear under the white carpet.

Could not have had a prettier day.

Tradition has us stopping at The Coffee Bar ~ the reward: Pumpkin Doughnut Holes!

Get out there and enjoy your day ~ take the time to slow down a bit.

More snow is on the way ~ it is forecast to snow for the next 8 days, so this morning hike was most welcome. Nice to get out there between the storms.


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  • Gretchen

    Beautiful. I really miss that area.ReplyCancel

  • Ruby Garrett

    How blessed you are to just soak in the quite and beauty!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    All your shots are beautiful, but there is something really special about the fourth one!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Jane ~ I stopped and stared at that branch for a bit, it caught my eye and could not let that photo-op pass me by 🙂 ReplyCancel

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  • Micky

    I’ve gone thru these over and over again this morning. You have made me feel like I’m there with you. I can feel the snow under my feet and hear the quiet. Thanks for the walk.  ReplyCancel

    • My pleasure, Micky ~ the snow gave off a squeaky crunch while walking. It was so peaceful, wrapped in the quiet of the woods. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Sherman Straube

    Remembering my own walks on a snowy RI morning. Your shots were candy to my eyes. I’ve only I could breath it in. ReplyCancel

  • Yanick

    So lovely.. Great pics as always.ReplyCancel

Karen Burns ~ Fine Art Oil Painter and Photographer


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