Friday, August 05, 2011

Green Mountains

I live in a desert.  It’s not supposed to rain every week.  The mountains should be completely brown by the beginning of August.

But this year, we’ve had a couple of good downpours almost every week, all summer.  Which has wreaked havoc on a lot of people’s basements, but also has kept the mountains quite green.

The first picture is of the mountains on the north side of the valley, the ones facing directly south.  There is still more green than usual, but you can get an idea of how all the mountains are supposed to look this time of year.

This is looking directly east from Sugarhouse Park.  These usually look a lot more like the ones in the above picture.

Here I’m looking sort of south-eastish from the park.

This one is looking very south-east.  The big granite peak on the right hand side is Mt. Olympus, where we get our famous bottled Mt. Olympus Spring Water.  The housing development you can see right above the tree line is known as Olympus Cove, or just “The Cove”.

So, to some people in more humid areas these may not seem all that green.  But, despite living in Boston until I was 14, these seem quite green to me.


Alexia said...

The grass looks really green too, Max. No sportsfield here ever looks that green in summer!

Max said...

Yeah, they take pretty good care of the park, and with all the rain it's been easy.

The English Teacher said...

Even my brother, now used to living in non-desert states, commented on how green everything is!
Have you noticed it's been cooler, too? Twenty years ago and more, we used to have summers like this -- in the high 80s and low 90s. But for the last 10 years or so, it's been hotter than Hades, with July having most of its days above 100. UGH.
This year, we've only had one day that reached 100. Yea!

Max said...

No kidding. I'm used to having the swamp cooler running on cool all night long for most of July and Aug. I got home around 9:30 tonight, I left it on cool, and the house was cold.

Karen S. said...

I really like the green ....I don't think mountains could ever look bad at any time of their life, except if they disappeared. Those mountains as all mountains are simply powerful and stunning in any shape! Great photos too Max.