Monday, October 18, 2010

Changing Seasons

This time of year the seasons can change in a week or a day
 September 26 and it was hot and hazey in Yosemite.  Record temperatures were expected in the Valley.  We stopped at Olmstead Point and I took this shot looking towards Tenaya Lake.
A week later, October 3, the sky was blue and there was snow on the distant mountains.
They change with elevation as well.  At 8,000' the aspens where dressed in orange and yellow.
 At 9,700' the trees were dressed in white.  No ice yet on the lake.
 These last few days at the cabin we enjoyed the quiet beauty of the first snowfall of the season.  This, we know, will soon melt.
We enjoyed it for a few days and then shut down for the winter.  It was a rare treat, most years the first real snow doesn't come until after the water system is turned off.

There are more places in our world to be found at That's My World, Tuesday; hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

23 comments:

fredamans said...

BRRR!!! Snow in September... better for you than me. Makes for excellent photos though!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what a gorgeous world it is, Martha! I love the colors and the snow is beautiful -- even if it is cold!! Your photos are superb as always! I do hope you have a lovely week!

Sylvia

Paulie said...

Thank you for your peek of first snow! I loved it! I would not want to leave. . . I can hardly wait for winter here as they have promised more snow days than we got last year (one).

Carol said...

Oh, How I love the change of seasons and your photos show it beautifully. I love the snow shots and the snow capped mountain. But those aspens are gorgeous!

Maboe/Mor og Datter said...

Great photos!
No snow in Norway yet.

Linda Reeder said...

How cool that you got the see such dramatic changes before you had to close up and head for the lowlands!

EG Wow said...

Oh, ice and snow! I think both are beautiful. Well, I do this time of year. In a few months I may say differently. :)

Loree said...

How wonderful - summer and winter all in the space of a few days. Yosemite looks awesome.

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

oh gosh, it looks beautiful but I am so not ready for snow.

Wren said...

It's lovely in photos, but not so much in the driveway. Glad you got to enjoy, then leave. :)

I'm always amazed at how much the weather changes when you ascend vertically. It's quite amazing that the weather at the bottom of the mountain is different from that at the top.

Diane AZ said...

Pretty dramatic changes! I know it's fall here when the supermarket sells pumpkins. ;)

Ebie said...

The fall colors are popping out! The icicles remind me that another season is coming soon.

The weather here has been crazy too. Last week was sunny and warm, now its wet and gloomy.

ewok1993 said...

I guess you have to pack for three different seasons when you go to the cabin this time of the year. What lovely scenes.

JDS said...

I like all the pictures, but especially the one of the icicles. Too often, people get so focused on wide vistas and tall trees that they overlook the smaller sights that are just as pretty.

Barb said...

Yes - it's the same view at my house, Martha! More snow expected tonight. I love that photo of the lake framed by the trees and the new snow.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love the difference in photos. Cold weather comes earlier for you than for us. I went running just 4 miles at lunch and about died in our 88 deg heat.

Gaelyn said...

Amazing changes happen quickly in the mountains and it looks lovely. But only with a "gaurantee" for melting. Nice you could enjoy these changes before the winter shut down.

jennyfreckles said...

Beautiful photos. It looks really unspoiled. How amazing to get snow at this time of year, even if it doesn't last long.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I'm shivering now! Winter is beautiful and wretched, too! I accept its coming but it can wait...
:-D

Nice photos, Martha.

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noel said...

aloha,

thanks for showing us your world today.

this is an interesting place, i love yosemite and haven't been to this particular area - very nice, thanks for sharing these.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful world Martha! thanks for the trip through the seasons (in just a few days)....

Spiderdama said...

Beautiful pictures and a wonderful world you live in!:-)

Carolyn Ford said...

How fun to get a bit of snow before you close up your summer home for the winter...I love that last shot of the icicles. The Yosemite area is gorgeous at all elevations and all seasons...beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!