Field Failing

Pipeline
The chute running down the face of West Twin peak is known as Pipeline and is currently high on my bucket list of things to ski. It is technically considered inbounds at Snowbird, but it is rarely open for skiing.  A couple days after we left Snowbird to head north for the Tetons, I heard that Pipeline had opened and that I’d missed a chance to ski it.  There’s always next year…
In the meantime, this photo is going on my wall. I love the way the shadow in the lower left slices the peak into near perfect geometry.

Pipeline

The chute running down the face of West Twin peak is known as Pipeline and is currently high on my bucket list of things to ski. It is technically considered inbounds at Snowbird, but it is rarely open for skiing.  A couple days after we left Snowbird to head north for the Tetons, I heard that Pipeline had opened and that I’d missed a chance to ski it.  There’s always next year…

In the meantime, this photo is going on my wall. I love the way the shadow in the lower left slices the peak into near perfect geometry.

American Fork Twin Peaks
Anyone who has ever skied Snowbird has probably at some point stared in awe at the Twin Peaks that rise above the ski area.  Personally, I am still just as awestruck by this view today as I was 15 years ago when I first skied here.  I have countless photos of these mountains, but this is the first time that I’ve ever caught them looking so pristine.

American Fork Twin Peaks

Anyone who has ever skied Snowbird has probably at some point stared in awe at the Twin Peaks that rise above the ski area.  Personally, I am still just as awestruck by this view today as I was 15 years ago when I first skied here.  I have countless photos of these mountains, but this is the first time that I’ve ever caught them looking so pristine.

Chest Deep
I was shooting this slope because the afternoon light was at a perfect angle to cast shadows into the ski tracks.  At first glance, you almost miss the skier chest deep in powder in the middle of the frame.

Chest Deep

I was shooting this slope because the afternoon light was at a perfect angle to cast shadows into the ski tracks.  At first glance, you almost miss the skier chest deep in powder in the middle of the frame.

Powder Day
I took this at Snowbird in mid March after a storm cycle dropped nearly 4 feet of snow in 3 days on Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.  I noticed a group of people dropping into this run one at a time.  They seem pretty stoked.  I definitely was too. 

Powder Day

I took this at Snowbird in mid March after a storm cycle dropped nearly 4 feet of snow in 3 days on Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.  I noticed a group of people dropping into this run one at a time.  They seem pretty stoked.  I definitely was too. 

Working For Turns
Skiers sidestepping up a traverse in search of fresh powder at Snowbird.

Working For Turns

Skiers sidestepping up a traverse in search of fresh powder at Snowbird.

Welcome to Powder
Over 2 feet of snow had fallen in 48 hours at Snowbird and 2 more feet were on the way.  While waiting for Little Cottonwood Canyon road to open, someone had a little fun with a snow covered road sign.

Welcome to Powder

Over 2 feet of snow had fallen in 48 hours at Snowbird and 2 more feet were on the way.  While waiting for Little Cottonwood Canyon road to open, someone had a little fun with a snow covered road sign.

Bingham Canyon Mine
Although this looks like the site of an alien landing, it is actually the result of 100 plus years of copper mining. The Bingham Canyon Mine is not only the largest open pit copper mine in the world, but it is the largest man made excavation in the world. Located near Salt Lake City, the mine measures 2.5 miles wide by 0.75 miles deep and is visible from space.
Prior to being devoured by mining operations, this was once a canyon surrounded by mountains. The town of Bingham, which was located in the canyon, was literally swallowed up by the mine in the mid 20th century and no longer exists today. The mine is currently ranked 4th on the EPA’s list of toxic chemical releases.
I’m aware that the computer I’m currently typing on would not function without copper, so I make no judgement about the importance of the metal to our society. I simply find it astounding how destructive we, as humans, can sometimes be in our pursuit of productivity.
I took this photo with my iPhone on a recent flight into Salt Lake City, Utah (and was later reprimanded by a stewardess for using an electronic device during landing… sorry?)

Bingham Canyon Mine

Although this looks like the site of an alien landing, it is actually the result of 100 plus years of copper mining. The Bingham Canyon Mine is not only the largest open pit copper mine in the world, but it is the largest man made excavation in the world. Located near Salt Lake City, the mine measures 2.5 miles wide by 0.75 miles deep and is visible from space.

Prior to being devoured by mining operations, this was once a canyon surrounded by mountains. The town of Bingham, which was located in the canyon, was literally swallowed up by the mine in the mid 20th century and no longer exists today. The mine is currently ranked 4th on the EPA’s list of toxic chemical releases.

I’m aware that the computer I’m currently typing on would not function without copper, so I make no judgement about the importance of the metal to our society. I simply find it astounding how destructive we, as humans, can sometimes be in our pursuit of productivity.

I took this photo with my iPhone on a recent flight into Salt Lake City, Utah (and was later reprimanded by a stewardess for using an electronic device during landing… sorry?)

Mt. Pleasant Observatory - Ithaca, NY

Mt. Pleasant Observatory - Ithaca, NY

Cayuga Lake - Ithaca, NY
75 sec exposure, f/11, ISO 100, 1000x ND filter

Cayuga Lake - Ithaca, NY

75 sec exposure, f/11, ISO 100, 1000x ND filter

Snow At Night

Snow At Night