Monday, December 24, 2012

Recent Hike: Slope Aspect Effect

During the hike I posted about a couple days ago, I realized I was viewing the slope aspect effect in Water Canyon from an unusual perspective: I was standing and hiking across snow and ice in the bottom of the heavily shaded canyon, while looking across the canyon at the relatively snow-free and sunny, south-facing slopes.

Standing in snow not far below half-mile canyon, looking across the canyon to nearly snow-free, south-facing slopes.
Snow in the bottom of the canyon; minor snow on the south-facing slopes as seen from farther up the road/trail.

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