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Old Jan 2, 2010, 7:03 PM   #1
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Wednesday was a great day to hike up to Yellow Mt Gap - cold but sunny, and still lots of snow in the high country. It was kind of tough going - we didn't have snowshoes, and the icy crust kept breaking through! But it sure was a fun, fine wintry hike.

First a few snowy shots from the lower part of the Overmt Victory Trail:
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All the small streams were full, and full of icicles. And the open places were well threaded by many and varied animal tracks (no human tracks other than ours!)
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As we approached the gap, we noticed some amazingly bright reflections off the trees, and some strange sounds - almost like glass shattering. There must have been a rather severe ice storm up at the gap - we got there in time to enjoy the beautiful aftermath.
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We had planned to hike on further, but the ice glaze made walking treacherous. So we stopped to enjoy the view, warmed up at the Overmt Shelter, and headed back down to lower, warmer places!
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Hope you enjoyed this cool sunny hike, and that your travels this new year are safe ones!

Thanks for any criticism and comments!
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Nice pictures. I especially like the closeups of the glazed tree branches. Seldom see that this far north, and when I do, the power is off, trees are down, and I'm tending the woodstove or out cutting downed limbs. You make it look interesting and pleasant.

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Nice as usual, mole. I really like the very last one of the birch trees. I'm always trying to find an interesting way to capture them and never manage.

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Looks like a real taste of winter. Thanks for the guided tour through lovely scenery. Nice detail of the ice-entombed branches. Hope you didn't lose powerlines to the ice.
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Awesome pictures - love the ice shots! I've only seen the ice-encapsulated branches once since I got into photography, and have been fascinated with them since. We don't usually get ice storms, just wet snow or rain. Maybe tomorrow I'll grab the snowshoes and try to find some interesting snow. There's none around here, and it's been fairly warm the last couple of days.

Thanks for posting these.
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very nice set mole. you captured the ice storm very well, from small details to the bigger picture. (no pun intended)
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