really like the wind shaped snow with the rocks! great pic!
Thanks! These snow fins are what made me brave the wind and stop to take this picture :) That, and the fact the summit of Kings Peak (which we toured exactly two weeks back) came into view for the first time, and it was like meeting an old pal :)
What's slowly getting to me is that this Utah's mtn desert you've been depicting is in part due to high elevation, not just inland and--relatively--southerly location. I wonder if you settled in this part of the US by chance or by choice.
I think that the environment above the timberline and above the alpine meadows is properly described as alpine tundra? It's most definitely not desert-dry at all.
Hmm, and chance vs. choice ... settle vs. live ... these are also questions of definition, don't you agree ;) ?
Agreed - both are matters of definition:) As to the 1st problem, you've summed it up precisely - what I tended to take for an AZ-like semi-desert is alpine tundra, or both alpine tundra and alpine desert apply--no doubt ALPINE!:-) and the Uintas are part of the Rockies. As to the definitions, I've found a good explanation here--see the Sci-Tech One funny thing to me seems to be Uintas'/Rockies tree-line, which is so abrupt and has no visible transitionary bushes around. I wonder why.
BTW I think you could shoot Uintah's forest and lakes a bit more often:))
Anyway, have a Happy Holiday!