A snow day in the La Sals

On the last day of what’s becoming our annual vacation to the canyon country of southeastern Utah, Anne and I awoke (at the preposterously idyllic Castle Valley Inn) to discover that the overnight rain in our neck of the woods had deposited a good deal of snow in the La Sal Mountains, just a few miles to the south.

La Sal Loop Road: Oct. 4, 2013

La Sal Loop Road: Oct. 4, 2013

We quickly geared up for a morning excursion and proceeded to drive upslope to get a closer look. The La Sal Loop Road itself was clear, with temperatures rising from slightly above freezing – but on all sides the junipers and pines were fluffy with the white stuff.

Aspen gold (with snow)

Aspen gold (with snow)

Frosty the cow

Frosty the cow

Even the cattle we passed along the side of the road had acquired an icy coating during the overnight snowfall, which made for some whimsical viewing.

Low hanging clouds still wafted across the tops of the mesas and spires around Castleton Tower as we drove back toward town.

This was October 4, by the way – which I imagine is a bit early in the season for a widespread snow event in the region, even at altitude. But then, as a North Texas native, my knowledge of snow in all categories leaves much to be desired.

Redrock and ice

Redrock and ice

La Sal Loop Road: descending

La Sal Loop Road: descending

Castleton Tower and clouds

Castleton Tower and clouds

Tower and clouds: sepiatone

Tower and clouds: sepiatone

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10 thoughts on “A snow day in the La Sals

    • David, that is pretty much the result of straight RAW image processing – followed by a judicious bumping up of the red channel saturation. In short, that’s how the scene actually appeared.

      Thanks for your comment!

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