Well, we finally got the first real snow on Friday of five inches or so, and the snow continued to dump another seven inches or so overnight and into the day. It made for a TOTAL winter wonderland on Saturday, so Felipe and I decided to go on a little adventure down the 89A towards Sedona.
Near Flagstaff, the snow continued to pile up. By the Overlook at the top of the Mogollon Rim it was knee-deep, so Felipe and I took turns sprinting through the fresh powder.
The snow on the Overlook itself provided a fantastic case study in ecology. Because different types of trees (mainly Ponderosa Pine vs. Douglas Fir around here) hold snow differently, the snow allowed us to spot different tree types from quite far away. Douglas Firs tend to hold more snow on them, and they have a much more conical shape. Ponderosas, however, do not hold as much snow and they retain their green hue and round shape.
From our vantage point at the Overlook, we could clearly see that the south-facing slope (which gets more sun) was totally dominated by Ponderosa Pines. The north-facing slope, on the other hand, was covered in Douglas Fir trees, with a few Ponderosas visible just before the rim of the canyon.
Can you tell which way I was facing when I took this picture?