A Deep and Dark December

Here are photographs from five different trips out to Nine Mile Prairie during December of 2014. This year December has been gray and damp with lots of foggy mornings. I’ve visited all the draws and found all the springs are running after some big rains this fall.

 

Foggy Morning 2

Foggy Morning 2

 

Foggy Morning 4 - Sunflower Heads

Foggy Morning 4 – Sunflower Heads

 

Foggy Morning 5 - Sunflower Heads Wide

Foggy Morning 5 – Sunflower Heads Wide

 

Foggy Morning 6 - Sumac Stand

Foggy Morning 6 – Sumac Stand

 

Foggy Morning 7

Foggy Morning 7

 

Ice in the Draw 1

Ice in the Draw 1

 

Ice in the Draw 2

Ice in the Draw 2

 

Ice in the Draw 3 - Bubbles WS

Ice in the Draw 3 – Bubbles WS

 

Ice in the Draw 6 - Long Lead Opening

Ice in the Draw 6 – Long Lead Opening

 

Ice in the Draw 8 - Framed

Ice in the Draw 8 – Framed

 

Ice in the Draw 10

Ice in the Draw 10

 

Ice in the Draw 11 - Hole

Ice in the Draw 11 – Hole

 

Ice in the Draw 12 - Horizontal Lead

Ice in the Draw 12 – Horizontal Lead

 

Ice in the Draw 13

Ice in the Draw 13

 

Ice in the Draw 14 - Diagonal Lead

Ice in the Draw 14 – Diagonal Lead

 

Ice in the Draw 15

Ice in the Draw 15

 

Ice in the Draw 17 - Patterns of Crystals

Ice in the Draw 17 – Patterns of Crystals

 

Ice in the Draw 18 - Patterns of Crystals

Ice in the Draw 18 – Patterns of Crystals

 

Sunday Morning Fog 1

Sunday Morning Fog 1

 

Sunday Morning Fog 2 Deep Grass_1

Sunday Morning Fog 2 Deep Grass

 

Sunday Morning Fog 4 From in the Little Draw

Sunday Morning Fog 4 From in the Little Draw

 

Sunday Morning Fog 6

Sunday Morning Fog 6

 

Sunday Morning Fog 8

Sunday Morning Fog 8

 

Sunday Morning Fog 9

Sunday Morning Fog 9

 

Sunday Morning Fog 13 - Edge of the West Draw

Sunday Morning Fog 13 – Edge of the West Draw

 

Sunday Morning Fog 14 - The Path

Sunday Morning Fog 14 – The Path

 

Sunday Morning Fog 15 - Freshly Toppled Tree

Sunday Morning Fog 15 – Freshly Toppled Tree

 

Sunday Morning Fog 16

Sunday Morning Fog 16

 

Sunday Morning Fog 17

Sunday Morning Fog 17

 

Sunday Morning Fog 19 - Swoop Tree

Sunday Morning Fog 19 – Swoop Tree

 

Water in the West Draw Once Again 7

Water in the West Draw Once Again 7

 

Water in the West Draw Once Again 8 - Ice

Water in the West Draw Once Again 8 – Ice

 

Water in the West Draw Once Again 9 - Down Tree

Water in the West Draw Once Again 9 – Down Tree

 

Water in the West Draw Once Again 10

Water in the West Draw Once Again 10

 

Water in the West Draw Once Again 11 - Little Milkweed

Water in the West Draw Once Again 11 – Little Milkweed

 

West Draw 13

West Draw 13

 

West Draw 14

West Draw 14

 

West Draw 15

West Draw 15

 

West Draw 16

West Draw 16

 

West Draw 17

West Draw 17

 

Last Spring's Nest...

Last Spring’s Nest…

 

Plain Gray Day

Plain Gray Day

 

Black Shrubs Against Gray Sky

Black Shrubs Against Gray Sky

 

The Grove in the First Draw from Above

The Grove in the First Draw from Above

 

Ground Truth 1

Ground Truth 1

 

Ground Truth 2

Ground Truth 2

 

Ground Truth 3

Ground Truth 3

 

Ground Truth 4

Ground Truth 4

 

Ground Truth 5

Ground Truth 5

 

Ground Truth 6

Ground Truth 6

 

Grass with Spiky Tops

Grass with Spiky Tops

 

Star Seeds

Star Seeds

 

Coyote Turds

Coyote Turds

 

At the Five Sisters 1

At the Five Sisters 1

 

At the Five Sisters 2

At the Five Sisters 2

 

Hanging Cottonwood Leaves

Hanging Cottonwood Leaves

 

Standing Water in the Big South Draw

Standing Water in the Big South Draw

 

Standing Water in the Big South Draw_1

Standing Water in the Big South Draw

 

Water Flowing From Above the Seep

Water Flowing From Above the Seep

 

Water Flowing From Above the Seep MS 1

Water Flowing From Above the Seep MS 1

 

Water Flowing From Above the Seep CU 2

Water Flowing From Above the Seep CU 2

 

The Marsh - Big South Draw

The Marsh – Big South Draw

 

Little Bits of Ice - Big South Draw

Little Bits of Ice – Big South Draw

 

The Run Through the Vines - Big South Draw

The Run Through the Vines – Big South Draw

 

The Run - Big South Draw

The Run – Big South Draw

 

The Run Past a Tortured Tree - Big South Draw

The Run Past a Tortured Tree – Big South Draw

 

Backlit Grass Through Some Trees - Big South Draw

Backlit Grass Through Some Trees – Big South Draw

 

The Run with Down Tree - Big South Draw

The Run with Down Tree – Big South Draw

 

At Grandmother Cottonwood - Big South Draw

At Grandmother Cottonwood – Big South Draw

 

The Ice at Grandmother Cottonwood - MS

The Ice at Grandmother Cottonwood – MS

 

A Winter's Day

A Winter’s Day

 

Bare Branches at the East Fence Line

Bare Branches at the East Fence Line

 

Glacial Erratic on a Gray Morning

Glacial Erratic on a Gray Morning

 

The Big Pond Is Filling Up

The Big Pond Is Filling Up

 

Red-brown Grass of Winter

Red-brown Grass of Winter

 

Standing Out in Stark Contrast

Standing Out in Stark Contrast

 

Trees Against the Sky

Trees Against the Sky

 

The Pond Floor at the Mouth of Little Spike Draw

The Pond Floor at the Mouth of Little Spike Draw

 

The Mouth of Little Spike Draw

The Mouth of Little Spike Draw

 

First Water in the Little Spike Draw

First Water in the Little Spike Draw

 

Hollow Limb in the Water WS

Hollow Limb in the Water WS

 

Buck Rub and Stream Flow in the Little Spike Draw

Buck Rub and Stream Flow in the Little Spike Draw

 

At the Barb Wire Rolls in the Little Spike Draw

At the Barb Wire Rolls in the Little Spike Draw

 

At the Head of a Seep in the Little Spike Draw

At the Head of a Seep in the Little Spike Draw

 

At the Head of the Little Spike Draw

At the Head of the Little Spike Draw

 

The Origin Point of the Little Spike Draw 1

The Origin Point of the Little Spike Draw 1

 

The Origin Point of the Little Spike Draw 2

The Origin Point of the Little Spike Draw 2

 

Last Look

Last Look Today

 

West Fletcher Avenue Entry Point

West Fletcher Avenue Entry Point

 

The Ammo Bunkers

The Ammo Bunkers

 

Snow on Trees Wide

Snow on Trees Wide

 

Sumac with Snow

Sumac with Snow

 

Tracks and Turd on Down Tree with Snow

Tracks and Turd on Down Tree with Snow

 

Down Cottonwood Stump in Snow - Mouth of the West Draw

Down Cottonwood Stump in Snow – Mouth of the West Draw

 

Two New Down Trees in the West Draw 2

Two New Down Trees in the West Draw 2

 

Fresh Fallen Giant 1

Fresh Fallen Giant 1

 

Fresh Fallen Giant 2

Fresh Fallen Giant 2

 

Fresh Fallen Giant 4

Fresh Fallen Giant 4

 

Root Ball of a Smaller Down Tree

Root Ball of a Smaller Down Tree

 

West Draw Overlook

West Draw Overlook

 

Up the West Draw Overlook 2

Up the West Draw Overlook 2

 

Up the West Draw Overlook 3

Up the West Draw Overlook 3

 

Looking Out - Edge of the West Draw

Looking Out – Edge of the West Draw

 

Water in the West Draw 3

Water in the West Draw 3

 

Water in the West Draw 4

Water in the West Draw 4

 

Critter Tracks in Snow at Water 2

Critter Tracks in Snow at Water 2

 

Robert Motherwell Palette Wideshot

Robert Motherwell Palette Wideshot

 

Flight of Geese

Flight of Geese

 

West Fletcher Avenue Cottonwood

West Fletcher Avenue Cottonwood