So long, winter

Late winter is always is “go” time for me – the days are growing longer and it won’t be long until the snow melts and my opportunity for winter photography has passed for the season. With each new snow, I more anxiously plan and work to get outside in the right location at the right time.

Photographing in winter, and snow specifically, can have such a short window with each storm. Go in the midst of it and there may be too much snow falling to see anything. Go too far after it has stopped, and it could be tracked over, fallen off trees or structures, or even melted away. 

The photos here are from two such late-season outings. One from Rocky Mountain National Park and one of the bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

(And to think, I almost made it through the winter without sharing photos of bison in snow.)

The craziest moonlighting I’ve seen. I wasn’t planning on taking a photo here, but when the full moon dropped behind the mountains, it lit the fringes of the swirling clouds in a way I’ve never seen. The experience was similar to watching the northern lights.
Bear Lake and Longs Peak the morning after a big snow. Taken from nearly the same spot as a photo in my newsletter last year (top photo at that link).
Resting after grazing.
The snow picks up again. Their coats are so good at insulating them from the snow – and the snow from their body heat – that snow doesn’t melt on them.
Increasing snow causing the trees to slowly disappear into a cloud. 

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