Exactly a year ago there was quite a bit of snow. This year it’s been quite a bit warmer and not much precipitation has fallen.
In nearly 60 degree temperatures, I got out my camera and wandered around the shore of the reservoir. In the summer, the water would have been over my head. But at this time of year, the water level is lower, leaving the equivalent of tide pools like at the ocean. With the exposed algae it smelled like the ocean minus the salt. (Can salt actually have a scent, or is it only a taste?)
Algae and ice.
It has fallen below freezing at night and we’ve had a little snow here and there. The reservoir is still a long ways from freezing over.
Last year the reservoir was only frozen a couple of months. It thawed out early due to a warm spell in late winter.
I hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving.
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This evening I went back to one of the view points I had of the fire a little over 2 weeks ago. I took some “after” photos for a comparison.
Little did I know at the time when I took this first photo, that there was a house in the upper right. All that stands now is a chimney and some solar panels.
The following two photos are also aligned. The houses in these photos appear to have escaped major damage.
The next three photos show what had to have been some remarkable structure protection efforts by the fire fighters.
I’m not sure if the house in this final photo escaped damage. From this angle it looks okay.
Photos from Day 2 of the Cold Springs Fire (click on photo for larger).
Chinook dipping into Barker Reservoir.
Chinook dropping a load.
North side of Boulder Canyon
North Side of Boulder Canyon.
There is a house near the bottom of the stream of water. When the flame showed up in the lower right, I got out of there.
Lockheed P2V Neptune
This one is a jet (BAE 146).