Travel Photo Thursday: Spring Snow in the Sierra

Travel Photo Thursday: Spring Snow in the Sierra

May.

Snow in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range should be melting, not falling.

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But as I discovered last week when I walked from my room to my car the morning after arriving at Sequoia National Park, Mother Nature can be very fickle when deciding if winter should end once and for all and spring begin.

There are some advantages to an unseasonable spring snowfall at Sequoia.

The white-clad trees evoke memories of Christmastime, especially for those who live or, like me, once resided, in climes where December snows are common or at least not unusual.

The wet white stuff will prompt some of one’s fellow tourists who thought that they had traveled to “Sunny California” to flee the mountains and head for the lowlands and coast where the chances of finding sunshine would be far better.

And even those brave souls who stay in the park and take the easy walks on paved pathways around the “Big Trees” are unlikely to trod the snowier trails along with you.

Wildlife, sensing that very few folk are out and about, may tolerate your presence, and even patiently pose while you take multiple snow-showered portraits of them.

And a hot lunch in the warmth of the lodge tastes even better when baby it’s cold outside!

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Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts graciously provided Tales Told From The Road Publisher, Dick Jordan, and his wife, with complimentary meals and accommodations at Wuksachi Lodge during their visit to Sequoia National Park.

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6 Replies to “Travel Photo Thursday: Spring Snow in the Sierra”

  1. My wife and I were just in the lower parts of California on vacation and it definitely did not look like that where we were! We drove from LA to San Francisco and there’s definitely a cooling in the weather as we went north but nothing like that. I’d be a very happy camper if we had snow in May here in Texas.

    1. Adam, we’ve had a very strange year, weather-wise, in California this year. It hardly rained from November until February, then we had big storms, then the rain stopped.

      Two weeks ago, it was quite warm in Sequoia National Park. The following week (when I was there) it snowed.

      This week, it has been in the 90-100 temperature range in the San Francisco Bay Area, and warm again in Sequoia. However, two weeks to the day that it snowed during my visit, the possibility of snow is forecast again for next week.

  2. Lovely ‘winter’ shots, Dick! The weather seems fickle all over the world this year. As we donned our silk long johns the Friday before Easter on Crete’s southern coast (the one not far from the north of Libya) I kept thinking there was something not quite right about have the shorts and sleeveless tops yet untouched in the suitcase. Your food photo is about to send me to the kitchen to forage! Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Mother Nature has really been showing us who’s boss this year. Unseasonable snow can be a bit discouraging but it does allow for some beautiful photos. Looks like you were very prepared.

  4. This looks so different compared to my summertime visit. I can’t believe it was only last week! If I had visited, I bet I would have been woefully unprepared for the temperature. It is indeed so beautiful and serene with the snowfall and almost makes me think of Christmas. As for the “weird” weather in Malaysia, it’s hot and humid as usual, but we had an uncharacteristically long dry spell for 8 weeks.

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