Morning photo: Winter magic

Yeah, we need more snow, but …

Starburst sunrise late in the day, as the sun edges up over the rim of the Snake River valley.

FRISCO —It’s still looking pretty good along the Snake River, fresh frost coats the trees and bushes each morning, and the snow on the trees persists where it’s shaded from the mid-winter sun. This weekend, I had a chance to explore the area in the afternoon, looking for some different light, but I’ve decided the early morning is the best for this particular reach, when the ice is refreshed by flows of water coming out of the Robert Tunnel as part of Keystone Ski Area’s ongoing snowmaking efforts. By the afternoon, those flows from the Roberts Tunnel are diminished, leaving hollow tunnels in the ice.

Snake River blues.
Water forest.
Deep in the canyon, the sun never reaches this spot, so the frost grows especially thick.
Down by the riverside …
Winter wonderland.

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