9-25-16 by dave

It was only last weekend that I was visiting The Chef in his garden, where I was checking out his produce that he grew all Summer.  Here is a shot of The Chef holding a beautiful water melon.dsc04026There were copious amounts of ripe tomatoes on the vine and his garlic was up on strings drying in the Sun.  I was looking around at the amazing plants that really love all the coffee grounds he puts in the soil all Winter, as well as the compost that he has going all the time.  It is all organic with no pesticides at all.  There are two bee hives keeping the plants tended as well.  dsc04033This is one of the many Sunflowers that were standing tall in the Sun that day.  I love the way the seeds are arranged in the Golden Section Spiral.  Those days were warm and still in the 90’s.   Then, just when I was thinking that it was going to keep going like that, we got this Winter Blast that left enough snow up on the higher elevations to draw the faithful up to Alta to get the first turns of the season.  Here is a shot of the front moving in to the Salt Lake Valley around 4PM., after a sunny blue sky day.  This Wall of Voodoo spawned a tornado that did some real damage a bit further North.  dsc04037I stood on the the deck of the machine and watched the flag blow with the wind out of the South just waiting for it to switch out of the North with the frontal passage.  I did not have to wait long, when all chaos broke loose and the precipitation was a deluge!!  The temps. dropped 35 Degrees  in seconds and in the next 72 hours there was over 3 inches of water dropped in the Valley.   Today, Sunday, I took a trip up to the Bird to go to the peak and get a view of the freshness.  Here is a shot of the Twins here in sharp contrast to the shots I put up in my last post. dsc04040This terrain needs a lot of snow to cover the features, so it looks like there was just a dusting, but there had been quite a bit before it settled and began to melt off with the warm ground temps. dsc04043This shot looking into Mineral Basin shows a better view of how much fell with this blast.  This coming week is predicted to be back up in the 80’s, so all this will be gone, but it is fun to see that Winter is not far off.  Oktoberfest is still rockin’ at least for the next week or so. Be sure to get up there and join the festivities before the lull going into the Winter Season.  It won’t be long now, but I am grabbing every day of warmth that comes my way, because there won’t be many more.  Stay Frosty!!

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