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New Year’s Day or J-1

It is J-1!  The beginning of another year.  And for me what a beautiful morning it is.

I awakened before the sun rose as is almost always the case.  I turned on my computer and read some email.  Then my eyes drifted up to the skylight, what, what is that – OMG it snowed during the night!  My wish had been granted!

I have wanted to get some pictures of snow on the cacti and now was my chance.  I jumped up, quickly threw on some sweat pants, my medium weight Smartwool long sleeve shirt, hiking socks and my hiking boots.  I grabbed my camera, changed the lens to the wide-angle 11-16 mm, packed my 55-200 mm into the camera case, grabbed my gloves, put a buff around my neck and zipped up my fleece jacket.  Out to the garage I headed.  Oops – I forgot to take my first cup of java which I had put into the travel mug so I went back into the house to retrieve the mug full of my morning energy.

I drove the short distance to the Broadway Trailhead, before I got out of the car, I took a picture of the dashboard  to show the temperature.  Yes it does freeze here in the desert – it was 27*F or -2.8*C for my friends from countries other than the US.DSC_0032DSC_0035I entered Saguaro National Park and the trail I so frequently hike had turned into  a winter wonderland overnight.  I took 120 pictures and would have probably taken 120 more had my gloved hands not become so cold that I decided to make my way back to the trailhead and the warmth of my car.  On the way back I passed quite a few others toting their cameras, snow in the desert is quite a beautiful thing.

Here are just a few of my favorite shots.DSC_0049DSC_0092DSC_0119DSC_0094DSC_0040

This is going to be the best year yet.  I had asked the Universe to give me snow for the New Year as I raised my glass in a toast last night and look, she granted my wish!

I’m wishing all of my friends a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.  And most importantly remember to always Choose Happiness!!