White-crowned Sparrow juvenile on a cold winter dayWhite-crowned Sparrow juvenile on a cold winter day – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

So, is this the year that the Grinch stole winter? Where is the snow? Where is the heavy hoar frost? Where are the temps in the teens?

This sure hasn’t felt like a Utah winter. It almost feels like a Florida winter.

Song Sparrow and a frosty perchSong Sparrow and a frosty perch – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The weather forecasters keep saying there is snow in the future and all we get is cloudy days, spitting rain or a few snowflakes floating around that make you wonder if you are so wishful for snow that you are simply imagining it. I wish I could get paid for being so wrong so many times.

Sure, there is snow on the mountain tops but really that just feels like a subtle tease because typically we have a lovely blanket of snow on the ground by now.

A Great Blue Heron on thin iceA Great Blue Heron on thin ice – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 278mm, natural light

The images in this post?

Taken one year ago today at Farmington Bay WMA when there was snow on the ground (about 6 inches), frost covered perches, ice and frost flowers growing on the ice and vegetation.

Alright Grinch. Enough. Stop stealing our winter!

Life is good.



  1. Patty Chadwick December 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Wonderful images snow or no snow…I especially like the third frame with the Great Blue walking on water…OK, Standing on ice…

  2. Elephant's Child December 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Our weather boffins are strangers to the truth as well. Here they lie about rain, while yours are telling terminolgical inexactitudes about snow.
    Love the sparrows though…

  3. Deb December 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I agree…bring on the snow and let it stay; I have brand new snow-shoes I want to get out and use. 🙂 Don’t hate winter, embrace it people.

  4. judy December 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    You’re so funny. Love the photos!

  5. Jo December 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Sorry but if I do not see snow in the Ozarks this year, I will be happy. Beautiful images.

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