I admit that I prefer climbing on solid summer-warmed rock and, like many others, thoroughly enjoy the spectacular colors of spring and autumn. But snow-covered mountains have a sense of other-worldliness, a quiet mysteriousness that attracts me.
So I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised me that so many of the pictures I’ve posted on SummitPost to illustrate my Bitterroot Mountain pages feature snow. But it did. Even more interesting (at least to me) was that most of these "snow" pictures were taken during the last year.
Obviously something in me has changed. Had I taken so many pictures of the mountains during other times of year that I simply ran out of other subjects or was it something else?
I find it difficult to believe that I "simply ran out of subjects." When I look back at my flower pictures, for instance, I find there are literally hundreds of shots of just Red Indian Paintbrush. Surely that’s an indication that when I see a new (and different) Indian Paintbrush I consider it to be a new subject. The same is true for Columbine and Beargrass blooms and the hundreds of other "duplicate" pictures I’ve taken. No, I don’t believe I ran out of subjects.
I’m sorry if this album, which began simply as a place to collect my SummitPost "snow" pictures, turned into a case of public introspection, but there it is. Gathering these shots provided me with a few surprises along the way. To be sure some regarded the subjects in the pictures, but more than a few had to do with my thoughts and feeling.
Few of the attached pictures features snow as the main subject but snow contributes to the "mood" of each shot in some way, no matter how small.
Mike Hoyt – thephotohiker
The Bitterroots - A Panorama Paradise
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