I always complain about the heat, so where do I decide to live…in the desert! Yeah, I know…I’m not that bright unless someone’s throwing a lamp at me!?
With temperatures already having reached into the mid–upper 80’s (30c) here in the Phoenix valley, and a good portion of the U.S. getting repeatedly pounded by ice, snow storms and cold weather…I wanted to try and sympathize as best I can with something you might not necessarily expect to see from Arizona. Far from being uncommon, this wintry scene does happen…albeit at higher altitudes. There has actually been snowfall in Phoenix however, but it’s very rare. Nothing compared to the rest of the country, but with it, I can still make the same sized snowball if necessary! :)
The landscape is certainly that of the Southwest, but it surely takes on a different mood under the foggy skies and snow covered ground. From what I understand, a lot of Europe, particularly the U.K. and Ireland, have also withstood relentless storms this season. Too bad we can’t exchange some of this crazy weather.
Thanks for stopping by.
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COSTANTINO (70182) 2014-02-16 21:47
Hello dear friend
reading carefully your useful notes about
the temperatures havng reached into the
mid upper 80 30c in Phenix valley
I see this snowy shot with the rocks
in the background
the winter was too strong this year
lets hope that the spring will arrive soon
nice shot with simple pretty colors
have a nice new week
emka (107713) 2014-02-16 22:29
Indeed. it is not I would expect to see from Arizona. Quite a lot of snow on the red rocks! But at higher altitudes it happens everywhere. Original view anyway.
I have seen that this winter there was a snow even on Sphinx in Giza, this was unusual.
We had not bad weather in Poland, only a week or two with big snow and frost, no rains and wind. Fortunate compared to England particularly.
WArm regrads MAlgo
macjake (73059) 2014-02-16 23:55
indeed, looking vastly different from the sterotypical southwestern climate....but as you say, it does happen.
Its like Las Vegas....go there in December and it can be freaking cold by late evening!
As for the weather, we've had one of our best winters on record!!!! Too bad to hear about all the snow blasting on the east coast of north america, they've had it rough!
As for yr shot, its awesome. Normally the only white we'd see in a photo from the southwest is from the overly bright 'whiteout' sky lol
This is a total treat! Wicked post. Great atmosphere, and its cool to see the orange color mixed in too.
enjoy yr climate down there!
mirosu (16273) 2014-02-17 4:54
Now, after 10 years I can again see Arizona snow. Nice winter photo, the white snow is in excellent contrast against red rocks in the background.
Why I say after 10 years? In December 2003 I was driving from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon. When I was leaving LV it was raining. When passing Hoover Dam the rain was already very strong. But the hell started on the Interstate Highway 40, heavy snowfall, strong wind and the lories with heavy snow curtain behind them. I was lucky to get room in one small hotels near highway (of course the rom price was adjusted to the weather conditions). Last few 100 meters my car was sliding on ice towards the hotel entrance. Room gas heater was not working, but fortunately I had a beer with two Italian men, one of them mechanic and so he was able to make the heating operable. So as you can see nothing special about Arizona snow (ha-ha). But I was rewarded next day with beautiful winter blue sky and excellent winter view of Grand Canyon.
Wish you a very nice week.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-17 4:55
Greetings Cowboy, how you doodlin'
I would just love to see snow in Arizona, the scenery is impressive at the best of times but sugar coated it must be awesome. This shot is full of that magic and I just hope you have some more like this to share with us. Looks so cool, if you know what I mean. Crumbs you must have had to pull on your long pants and thermal jockey shorts for this one eh?
Weather has been relatively calm these last few days and was actually quite warm yesterday, was out clearing up the garden a bit. Never seen it so stripped of any foliage and flattened by the constant rain. Did inspect my shed roof as the last storm managed to move the heavy masonry I placed on it to keep it sort of secure. Next doors fence screening has disappeared though. I did smile at your last critique and you looking for spooky numbers in the image. I will let you into a secret; I had to clone out two car roofs in that image to get it looking just right. OCD or what eh?
Take it easy big guy, don’t overdo the sunbathing!
Sergiom (89241) 2014-02-17 5:19
J'aime bien le format allongé de la photo ainsi que le bloc de pierres rouge sur la droite. La brume adoucit les formes au sommet, mais il me semble manquer un élément dans cette composition.
ikeharel (79149) 2014-02-17 7:41
Desert is an earth formation, not a weather pattern. So it doe's snow when conditions are right. We have places with the same phenomenon in our Negev desert.
A fine white contrast the green and brown, fresh and lavish over the entire scene.
Cricri (126690) 2014-02-17 10:05
Un paysage d'exception, rare de voir l'Arizona sous la neige, il est vrai que c'est rafraichissant surtout quand la température est souvent élevé chez toi, j'aime le format pano et le contraste des couleurs, je me demande si l'air est sec comme en Suisse et en Autriche :-), là bas 3 jours de neige sans arrêt, bonjour les embouteillages sur les routes des montagnes!! puis 3 jours de soleil, le top
Noel_Byrne (33724) 2014-02-17 13:16
Listen carefully and in the distance you will hear a dull thud. That's my head exploding.
This is Arizona? (I kind of say that in a THIS IS SPARTA voice). Incredible, not at all the scene I would expect to see in your sunny spot, but as you say, at height who knows what can happen. I must admit, the first time I have ever seen the iconic red rocks poking from amid the snowscape like this. Amazing the sights our world can throw at us!
And should the opportunity ever arise, I will accept your challenge of a snowball fight. Right now, the closest I could get is a water balloon. Perhaps if I left it in the freezer? Hmmmm.... :)
And absolutely yes, lets swap some weather. I'll trade you two atlantic storms for a good snowstorm and a heatwave.
all the best
worldcitizen (9452) 2014-02-17 16:39
This snowy Arizona view is lovely, but it doesn't really count as far as living with snow is concerned...where's the hardship??!! Just kidding. :-) I like the natural colors of the formations as they jut out of the snow. I like the greenery in the foreground, too. BTW, we are expecting MORE snow tomorrow. After that we might get a break with some normal temps...hurray!!!
nikkitta (17068) 2014-02-17 17:12
Hola Jason my almost frozen friend
But Arizona, the red rocks, snow and fog although in heigher places, all the same, quite original post with not a cactus on view ( or are they from New Mexico?)
So in a way you are a privileged viewing the terrible cold weather of the rest of your country and Europe (while drinking Coke)on the TV
I offer you to exchange weather with Argentina, so could enjoy hith temperatures and improve your Spanish, only that here weather is really warm with more than 104 f, so, if you are here you will be no more "mi palido amigo"
Take care, behave,
mcmtanyel (29636) 2014-02-17 21:10
Very impressive combination of colors covered by dense fog up top. A truly brilliant capture, TFS.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-02-18 0:54
Hello my friend,
ok.now even I´m becoming jealous:)
Snow in Arid-zona:)and we in Germany have temperature in mid 50F.
But seriously-love the scene and its wide,panoramic format.But the most I´m delighted by its color scheme.Combination of white,green and rusty colors works here really well to create such eye-catching visual effect!
jemaflor (103617) 2014-02-18 23:06
Beautiful landscape of course ! Interesting original view with fog and snow, well framed, interesting colors contrast.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-20 3:36
now this is a different face of Arizona :-) Thanks for sharing this picture.
The red rocks half covered in mist and sprinkled with snow - it is not what I normally associate with this part of US. I like also the lush green bushes in the FG which add needed color for this scene and contrast with the rest of the composition.
Well done! Enjoy your day!
Waylim (25436) 2014-02-21 19:27
Very cool shot actually, we see often the perfect clear blue sky with this type of landscape from the like of Ut, AZ, and NM. That is because many of us go in the time of Spring, Summer or Fall, I personally like the fall season, it is not so hot, but not cold yet. Then again, it is so nice to see in with snow the stark contrast of deep red rock and white snow. Makes such a contrast of hot and cold, arid and wet. I wanted to go to Bryce this last weekend, but there was not enough snow this year. Maybe next year. Went to Death Valley instead.
A very good the foggy and misty sky in this kind of landscape is kind of surreal. Very rare, I love it.
serp2000 (45970) 2014-02-24 5:06
No words, Jason... I see you've got some Arctic surprise too. Do you have the clothes for this weather? ;)
This is the most original photo for me on the Trekearth today. TFS!
Tace care! The spring is coming soon ;))
ourania (51103) 2014-02-27 13:24
a very fine picture that has also the value of a document. The snow and the fog are thick enough to bewilder the viewer. The familiar colours of the vegetation and the landscape look so peculiar under this light and weather effects. I like very much how all of these blend and spread in your frame. Every element looks well defined and natural but their coexistence seems a little awkward. Congratulations and thank you!
It very rarely snows on the island where I live and it's funny and touching to see the children running around with hands and mouths open to catch the snow:)
All the best, have a lovely day,
adores (46417) 2014-03-15 16:29
This must be really worth to be seen. The colour of the rocks and the trees make a great contrast with the white snow. You're lucky to see such a unique moment. Good shot, I also like the fog covering the top.