The Winter that Wouldn’t End (but did)

Ice and Snow

In Illinois (and other places too), this has been a tough winter, in fact the 9th coldest on record. Besides the cold, there has been a lot of snow and ice as well.

But you don’t need some government climate report to tell you its bad when there is snow on the ground, then the river floods, then the river freezes, and then the river goes back down and freezes again. This is what I’ve tried to capture with the photo above.

Fortunately, despite getting a brief snow dusting 14 April, I think spring might be sneaking it’s way in.

It’s Cross Season

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Longs Peak at Rocky Mountain National Park

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I was on vacation earlier this summer in Estes Park, which is a great place to hike! The tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is Longs Peak at over 14,000 feet. You can see it here, shrouded in clouds.

Climbing Longs

I actually climbed Longs Peak in the summer of 2009. It was quite the adventure! On that same trip, was when I started taking HDR photos.

John at the Summit of Longs Peak