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5/23/11

Photo Day Redux: Spring Has Sprung

In mid-February, I took my camera and walked around my new hometown, taking some interesting photography.  (link)  I was happy with the results, but looking forward to spring.

Well, 3 months later, I can finally say that Spring has arrived in Eastern Idaho.  In May.  Late May.  Sheesh...

I'm still not used to this '4 seasons' BS.  In California you'd have Summer and Fall, that's about it.  Summer would be March thru mid-October, then fall from about Halloween to Valentine's day.  The remaining 3-4 weeks is just 'meh' weather.

Not in Idaho.  The seasons are distinct.  It takes a little bit of getting used to.

Anyway, I spent Sunday afternoon walking around the Snake River.  Home to where Idaho Falls gets its name (from the falls, get it?  I know, how clever of them...).

See the mormon temple in the background?  I'm convinced they do that on purpose.  You find the most picturesque shot to take, and boom, there it is in the center of the picture.  Granted, it's really far away, but still somewhat distinct.  This way, it's in as many "Hi from Idaho Falls" postcards as possible.

Smart marketing.  Very business-savvy, for a church...

There is a pathway you can walk that takes you on a 3ish mile loop from one side of the river to the other, and back around again.  I took a stroll and decided to take in the spring weather while it lasts.

Oh yeah, another thing about Eastern Idaho.  Apparently it reserves the right to regress into winter whenever it sees fit.  It could be June and still snowing from time to time... (wtf???)

As you can see from the before/after shots, the river is much more fun to look at in the spring.  Granted, seeing a massive body of water completely freeze over is pretty cool, but I prefer the sound of rushing, crashing water.

It's almost inspiring enough to consider trying river rafting sometime this summer.  I wonder if I could cut it?  Or am I too much of a city boy?  We will see.

Walking around, I noticed a lot of signs and touristy crap, telling people about the Oregon Trail, various indigenous wildlife, as well as the different trees planted in this area.  One of my favorites, by far, was the elusive 'invisible maple' tree...


Its fruit, if you can find any, is the sweetest you'll ever taste.  Well, half of it anyway.  The other half is poison. The funny thing is they both look exactly the same.  Good luck in your choice...

For a day that started off so crummy (link) I'm glad my Sunday ended on a nice, relaxing note.  Happy Monday!
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23 witty retorts:

Dwija {House Unseen} said...

I grew up here in Michigan (mostly) and I only recently realized why I was so freaking bored in California: the lame-o weather! There was never a sense of urgency...like a "do this now or the snow & ice will crush you like a little ant" kind of feeling. I love that feeling! Yay for seasons keeping my life interesting :D

i.Mo said...

Nice man

The Angry Lurker said...

Damn nice pictures but I'd prefer to be there.

Zombie said...

Oh how I love spring! :D

BigMike said...

I do NOT miss living in the north... soooo cold

Astronomy Pirate said...

The weather sounds like a bit of a pain in the arse. Also, the Mormons seem to do that everywhere with their temples. There is one along the beltway around DC that it set in the perfect spot to be seen from both directions on the highway. It is massive, and a bit of a distraction to drivers. I'm surprised they haven't gotten in trouble over it.

Autumnforest said...

You know the phrase, "nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there"? Yeah, I'm saying it.

cheshire said...

Not exactly a witty retort, but those are some pretty cool photos.

Melanie said...

I've lived in Michigan all of my life, and I am ready to not have to deal with the seasons any more.

Xenototh said...

We have the same weather issues in Indiana. I remember last April we were still getting snow storms, although the next year it could be 80 at that time. Sucks really bad...

D4 said...

I love happy Mondays. I also want to raft! Do it! :D

The Minute Man's Wife said...

Strange to see that water fall picture because I was dreaming about water falls last night... hmmm... Have you been hanging out in my head?

Bart said...

looks like a fine spot to go fishing

Rob said...

I wish I lived near a river, I just have a stupid lake :/

Adsila said...

Nice photos. I would love to visit but not in the winter.

Shutterbug said...

Now that it's summer, I wouldn't want to live near a lake- too many mosquitos! :(

ScottD said...

That first pic looks awesome.

Kicking Rocks said...

those are beautiful pictures!

Colin Biano said...

Four seasons hotel

G said...

wow great pictures - it must be great having that kind of scenery on your doorstep

becca said...

beautiful

Al Penwasser said...

And the best ting about this Monday is that it's nearly over!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Growing up in S. Florida and then living here, I know not of these "seasons" which you speak of. But you have to admit, surroundings like that coupled with some clean air that can't be seen with the naked eye have to make you feel pretty good about your decision to get out of California.

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