I love the colors and textures of this view of the Panamint Valley and distant Panamint Range from the Father Crowley Vista.

But the coolest part about it was that it was only 85F (29C), some 30 degrees cooler than the floor of Death Valley, some 30 miles distant as the crow flies and 4,300′ feet lower in elevation.


The Panamint Range is the northwestern mountain boundary of Death Valley.

And before anyone thinks I need to straighten the picture, trust me, I don’t.  The Panamint Valley slopes steeply south in this view of the north end of the valley.


Lots and lots of schnee (snow), whether you are here in Europe, on the east coast of the US or facing the greatest avalanche danger ever recorded in Colorado.

Lots of schnee.

But until it’s damaging, it’s absolutely beautiful.  I love it.  Even when I’m having to spend two hours shoveling.

This past Tuesday, looking down at the village of Colmberg, Germany from the overlook at the Colmberg Castle.

Here at home, this same storm dumped 5″ of snow, which promptly melted off.  And made room for the new 5″+ that fell on Christmas Eve.

The same snow that will make tomorrow’s bicycle commute to work very entertaining.