February 26th, 2013
It's an absurdly blustery morning up top. The mountain is a swirl of winds at the moment. The high yesterday reached 39 degrees. The low was 31 degrees. It was 36 degrees and raining at 7am observation. The mountain received 1.65" of rain (shoulda been SNOW!) last night. There's only patchy snow remaining up top. The trails are sure to be wet, wet, wet so be prepared for some discomfort.
I came up Alum yesterday afternoon and it was yet another blissful day for a hike. The dream lives on. The sun was kissing the rhododendron leaves, the streams were singing and the breezes were gentle. The atmosphere was full of warmth, the way the air enters your lungs just felt far too welcoming. It was like an intoxicating trap, I was a blissed out bee in a fine flower designed to relish such days. It was the kind of day that makes you feel most alive, at the peak of your powers, giving you delusions of grandeur and an inflated notion of just how special life on Earth can be. It's all there for the taking, depending on your ambitions.
2/26/2013 01:01:09 am
Like a crossbow in the sky:)
2/26/2013 01:17:04 am
Lol, ok I give... I see a cloud falcon, Is there a real bird in the pic or should I be laying on my back looking up at the clouds seeing shapes ( whick btw is a fav thing for my daughter and I to do) Have a great day up top :)
2/26/2013 02:38:11 am
Hey, 1st thing I thought was that cloud in the center looks like one of the TIE fighters from Starwars. (I must be a nerd!)
2/26/2013 03:06:16 am
The real falcon = easy
2/26/2013 01:30:45 am
Charlotte, far right side of the picture in front of some clouds
2/26/2013 07:54:05 am
Cool Beans WesinBama, I saw that and thought naaa - Im getting older - then I saw the cloud falcon with the big chicken thighs and the star wars fighter in the middle....lol I was seeing all kinda of stuff when I stopped.
Brian N bama
2/26/2013 02:00:23 am
JP, it looks like you may get some snowfall this weekend. Sure wish I could I come up. Guess I will live the dream through you and your photos. Have a great day up top.
2/26/2013 02:08:01 am
Found the falcon on the right side of pic with some close observation. Then used the pic for my background. Easy to spot then. Thanks JP for all the pics and comments.
2/26/2013 02:45:09 am
Liked your word picture even better!....Falcon is a dot way up high, far right in the clouds.....Sharing!....Thank You!
2/26/2013 02:59:15 am
I believe 1" of rain is equivalent to 12" of snow, so that would've been quite a load of white had the temperatures been right. (That was an unintentional rhyme, I swear.)
2/26/2013 03:29:42 am
Ok, how many of you had to put your glasses on to find the bird? I was lucky I didn't have too. But thought about going to get the magnifier. Winds real stong here in Michigan too. Suppose to get another nasty storm rolling in, Just below my county. Yeah!!! Well, they tell us to give, give, give. So I am giving all my snow to the lower half of Michigan. Just too bad I can't declare that as a tax deduction. Hopefully it doesn't back fire on me and head up. Enjoy!!
2/26/2013 04:50:07 am
..thanks to you sooo much, debi
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2/26/2013 10:00:17 am
Do I see another falcon just barely out from the top of the last tree on the right-hand side of the pic? ~to the right of the top growth of the tree?
2/26/2013 01:52:14 pm
Well, I give up! I thought I saw the falcon but it turned out to be a speck of dirt on my monitor. :(
2/26/2013 11:07:32 pm
Sandra, I had to download the picture on my computer, put my glasses on and use the magnifying feature on my computer to find it. Eyes not what they use to be.
2/26/2013 04:56:13 pm
The words still move me, inspire me and encourage my emotions and imagination to run free. Thank you, JP.
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