D.O.T.S. – Dreaming Of The Sun

Towering Jacob's Ladder and a HoverflyTowering Jacob’s Ladder and a Hoverfly – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Yesterday I mentioned that I had D.W.B. (Dreary Weather Blues) and after a nice email from a friend last night who reminded me that it is only 7 weeks until the spring equinox I now have the D.O.T.S, better known as Dreaming Of The Sun.

My first purely photographic journey to Utah was in 2008 and during that trip I made my first trip up the Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway. Coming back to the mountains after living four years in Florida was pure elation for me. It was June and hot in the valley but I delighted in seeing the temperatures drop in the higher elevations. In Florida it was hot, humid and the start of hurricane season (HHH) but June in the Wasatch Mountain Range was a delight. Crisp air, fluffy white clouds and every where I looked there were wildflowers dancing in the breeze. And sunshine, ample sunshine.

I photographed this Towering Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium  foliosissimum var. alpinum) that day and was happy to also capture a Hoverfly in flight in this frame. Towering Jacob’s Ladder is blue/purple in other areas but it was white there.

I have a feeling today that my D.O.T.S. will fade today and become a reality because there is sunshine in the forecast. Sure, it will be a while before the first of the spring wildflowers are in bloom but it won’t be long.

Happy first day of February!



  1. Sherry in MT February 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Very pretty – we had sunshine today and it was wonderful! Hope you did too!

  2. Patty Chadwick February 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    NEVER MIND PUXATAWNEY PHIL!!! I SAW MY OWN SHADOW TODAY!!! BECAUSE…….THE SUN WAS SHINING!!! My favorite is the Winter Solstice, because everyday has a little more LIGHT!!!

  3. Utahbooklover February 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I was surprised to see 3-inches of fresh snow this morning — beautiful. I like your photo Mia. Alan Stankevitz has posted some nice action images of birds at his feeder:

  4. Edith Levy February 1, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I found your site through Otto’s list. Beautiful images Mia.

  5. Dave Sparks February 1, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Thanks for the nice reminder that spring will arrive shortly. We had a glorious day of sunshine yesterday, but it did not persist. It was particularly welcome since we have had record breaking weather for the past week. The I-10 bridge over Escambia Bay was closed for 3 days because of ice. The two bridges between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach and Ft. Pickens were also closed. The oranges on the tree in the backyard were frozen solid … like eating an orange popsicle. I know this isn’t horrible cold in absolute terms, but unusual for sunny Florida.

  6. Montanagirl February 1, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Great capture on the bee, Mia

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