News.bytes Extra, issue 555
Winter Comes to the High Desert
A fall snowstorm last week provided needed moisture and beautiful scenes on public lands along the California-Nevada border northeast of Susanville.
Up to six inches of snow blanketed the high country that was burned in the 315,000-acre Rush Fire in August.
A coyote surveys the landscape on Shinn Mountain. Sagebrush skeletons are evidence of the summer fire.
Snow highlights the ruggedness of the landscape in this view from atop Shinn Mountain, elevation 7,500 feet.
Guywires for a meteorological tower at the summit of Spanish Peak take on the appearance of a Christmas tree. The upper sections of the tower are missing, possibly broken off by the force of the storm. The view is from Shinn Peak.
- Photos by Pat Farris, rangeland management specialist, Eagle Lake Field Office. (October 2012)
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