|Cattails on right, dogtail on left.|
Here in Laramie we are a resolute people, as Garrison Keillor might say. We know there are many advantages to living here (but we don’t tell what they are as we want our town to remain small and friendly). We know they far outweigh the disadvantages, which we stoically endure. But there are days. There are days for example when it's dangerous to get out of the car if it's parked into the wind. My parking spot at home points west, and yesterday it was all I could do to open the car door and get my groceries out and not be crushed as it slammed shut. The average wind speed at that time was 45 mph.
So you can imagine my joy when I awoke this morning at a normal hour, instead of at 3 am due to the roar of wind (wind roars when its steady speed is greater than about 35 mph). You can understand why I did not mind that the day was gray with a light snow falling, and can sympathize with my decision to forego laundry for a photo excursion. But of course I’m making assumptions. If you’re a person who disapproves of impetuous behavior, then read no further.
I abandoned the laundry and went for a walk. I kept my camera on the entire time and photographed whatever I found, for it all seemed beautiful to me.
|The sun shone dimly through thin clouds and light snow.|
|Tumbleweed hanging out with railroad tie (prickly Russian thistle, Salsola tragus).|
... and reached the Laramie River.
|This is the tree I'm following, a cottonwood.|
|Another tumbleweed taking the day off, resting on river ice (kochiaweed, Kochia scoparia).|
|Cattail still-life (Typha latifolia).|
|This one is waiting for the wind to return, so it can send more offspring out into the world.|
|Just west of the wetland is Interstate 80, one of the main arteries of the USA. Crossing the Laramie Basin isn't so bad, but the mountain passes on either side can be terrifying in winter. But we need our stuff!|
|Rich's bench ...|
|... and Rich's Four Noble Truths (click on image for a better view).|