Winter Wander & Clouds

January 10, 2014. It snows in Utah.  I went for a walk to use my new camera.  This is the wander I lost my lens cover on.

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A little black-capped chickadee in a tree.

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Drainage pipe. Half-covered by the chain-link fence. This is a stream during the summer.

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A bend in the dry stream bed.

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Leaf in snow.

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The Provo River.

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Paper wasp nest!

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I like how the log made a little cave in the snow.

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I like the pattern the branches and leaves make in the snow.

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Winter selfie. I’d lost my lens cover by this point, but somehow didn’t notice when I took this picture.

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Robin!

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Red berries and a fake well. What a pretty composition.

After that last picture I realized I’d lost my lens cover and spent an hour tromping back and forth over my tracks to find it.  Which I did.  Phew.

 

Now these next pictures come from Jan. 27 as my husband drove us down to Provo in the morning for work and school.  I liked how the smoggy atmosphere was messing with the light.

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So much atmospheric perspective. Thank you pollution.  (bleargh.)

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Haaaaaaze!

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More haze.

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A big sky full of little clouds.

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Glowing texture in the sky!

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A river bed in the sky.

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And then on the other side of the valley, we have the little flat, smudge tool clouds. Worn-out circles of moisture.

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And the factory belches.

clear air and winter clouds

It snowed back on the night of February 3rd. Not tons, but some. Enough to filter through the sky and clean out the nasty junk in the air. I always find it amazing how clear my vision through the air gets after precipitation has scrubbed it.

As the sun came up over the mountains it hit the low clouds on the tops and bottoms. That’s one of the things I like about mountains. It looks really cool when the clouds rest at their bottoms, too heavy to lift themselves up over, and the morning of February 4th those lazy clouds had gilded tops. I took some reference pictures through the car window.  I thought I’d share them with you.

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