Great ExpectationsThe minutes just before the sun clears the opposite horizon: lovely anticipation.
Here in Teton Country it's kind of a meaningless formality: since early November temperatures have been running well below average and snowfall has been copious. In this neck of the woods, winter doesn't wait for a gilded invitation.
The ski resorts love it, of course, as do all outdoor enthusiasts. Both Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole have recorded totals of more than 200" of snow season-to-date. Way ahead of last year.
(By the way, I was teased before I moved here - a lot - about the "500 inches of champagne powder" which awaited me. I was sick and tired of digging out from New England Nor'easters so the joke was unamusing. Lest you think it's just a bogus marketing tagline, the 500 inches at Grand Targhee is real. And yes, it's gorgeous, dry powder. But I don't ski.)
If generous precipitation persists throughout the winter it'll also be helpful in terms of the water supply. Obviously very advantageous.
It'd just be nice if the plows would get out in a timely fashion - before the roads turn into vast sheets of ice. But no. "That's not the way things are done here, sister."
I'm no stranger to winter driving in northern climates but the road conditions in Eastern Idaho, Western Wyoming and much of Montana give a whole new meaning to "treacherous." Welcome to the wild, wild west.
C'est la vie.
Lousy roads can make winter photography challenging. Dangerous, actually. It's worth the effort, but caution is warranted.
Fresh PowderPowdery early season snowfall covers the berries on a crab tree in winter.
Winter is Magical
There was a time when I didn't shoot much in the winter. Once I saw the error of my ways, I never looked back. If you've never gotten into it, give winter photography a chance. You might find yourself hooked, too.
Better get busy; now that the solstice has passed, the days are getting longer. Summer will be here before you know it. :)
Speaking of getting busy, I'm way behind on viewing my stockpile of Christmas entertainment. Truth be told, I haven't started yet, which is really quite pathetic. That changes beginning tonight. The first feature playing at my house will be the best of them all: A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Wishing you and yours a joyous celebration.
Keywords: snow, solstice, Teton Country, winter, winter photography
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