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Dream of Snow

I sit at my desk, the gentle summer breeze coming through the windows and the sounds of crickets sharing their night song. Winter seems but a dream away.

Winter Storm Ulmer came in March and Wesley made an appearance in April. I have never seen such tall drifts in my life! We weren’t able to get down the road due to the blockage from Ulmer. Marty was able to plow with the tractor to Okaton to feed our cows north of town; it took him several hours to go that short distance as he made a path through the thick layers of snow.

Ulmer’s Sculptures-1

Nikon D700 + 28-200 mm/3.5-5.6 @200 mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/125
3/2019 ©Cristen J. Roghair

I hope I can accurately describe what was happening in the top and bottom photo: I’m facing the west as the sun was setting. In the top photo, it looks like fire as the snow drift reflects the descending light. The wind had picked up and was also blowing any loose snow, which you can see whiffs shooting up from the top of the drift. It was mesmerizing!

Ulmer’s Sculptures-2
Nikon D700 + 28-200 mm/3.5-5.6 @200 mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/125
3/2019 ©Cristen J. Roghair

In April, Wesley didn’t bring in the wind to create huge drifts, but more snow accumulated to cover the barren prairie. I hiked to the top of Glorious Splendor* for the photo below, without my snowshoes, thinking it would not be all that deep. Never again will I leave them behind. It was the hardest hike up the 1/2 mile hill I’ve ever trudged through, but look at the view!

A Dream of Snow & Clouds
Nikon D700 + 70-200 mm/2.8 @110 mm, ISO 100, f/22 1/320
4/2019 ©Cristen J. Roghair

The Sandhill cranes soon followed and we were every so glad to hear their spring call!

The Sandhills
Nikon D700 + 70-200 mm/2.8 @98 mm, ISO 100, f/22 1/800
4/2019 ©Cristen J. Roghair

*Glorious Splendor is what I’ve named the hill south of my ranch home. It’s one of the highest ridges around and the view from the top is at least 30 miles. It’s glorious!

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  1. Lacie

    Beautiful, my favorite one is the Burning Bush!

    1. Cristen

      🙂 It was just insane! The snow was “spitting” up over the edge of the drift. I could hear it scattering about in the wind. So amazing!

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