Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wheeler Peak Photo Sets, Spring and Summer 2006-2009

These comparison pictures taken of and on Wheeler Peak, Nevada, are organized by a monthly progression from late May — early June (2006) to mid June (2009) to late June — early July (2008). I organized them by month rather than by year, because they show a spring to summer progression of snow melt (possibly) and the spring to summer development of aspen leaves (for sure) more than they necessarily show a yearly change. The 2009 photos are somewhat anomalous, nonetheless, in that they were taken during a rain and snow storm, during this recent month of unusually wet and cool weather. All photos are from about 10,000 feet in elevation.
May 31, 2006, at 7:17 pm.

June 10, 2009, at 10:58 am.

July 1, 2008, at 10:00 am.
The first set of photos, above, generally shows less snow through the monthly progression, though the amount of snow on May 31, 2006, and on June 10, 2009, is fairly similar, and in fact there is more snow in places in the June 10th photo, and more in other places in the May 31st photo. Snow had fallen immediately prior to shooting the June 10th photo, and more snow fell after the photo was taken. Wheeler Peak itself is hidden by clouds in the June 10, 2009, photo.
June 1, 2006, at 9:01 am.

June 10, 2009, at 11:46 am.

June 28, 2008, at 12:45 pm.
The angle of the above three photos varies, although the angle of the first and third are nearly identical. Comparison of the first and second photo is difficult because so much of the mountain was under fog or cloud cover on June 10th, 2009, but snow amount in the first two is quite similar. I'd say there is slightly less in the June 10th photo and quite a bit less in the June 28th photo.
June 1, 2006, at 5:58 am.

June 10, 2009, at 2:12 pm.

July 2, 2008, at 6:32 am.
Aspen trees near 10,000 feet elevation at and just above the Wheeler Peak campground.
June 1, 2006, at 8:06 am.

June 10, 2009, at 2:10 pm.

July 2, 2008, at 6:36 am.
More aspen trees, again at similar locations in and just above the Wheeler Peak campground. I love aspen trees.

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