When I lived in Alaska I learned the term that locals used for the first snows to dust the mountains in fall: termination dust. It happened in August in the north of the state, September in the south, but it was always an ominous harbinger of what was to come. After a rainy evening in early September, the skies would clear next day to reveal the alarming fact that snow had fallen in the mountains. Already?! It would still be quite comfortable in the lowlands, but all you had to do was look up into the mountains to see that winter was lurking.
Recently while driving through southeastern Oregon I was reminded of these things. I photographed this particular termination dust in early morning after a stormy couple of days. The Pueblo Mountains appeared ghostly to me as the clouds slowly cleared. Almost as if this was the ghost of last winter appearing just to let everyone know that winter was on the way. I think it was saying that we should enjoy all the fall days we have left. I for one am taking that message to heart. And I hope you do too!
If you are interested in purchase options for this image, just click on it and then click one of the tabs (prints, for example). If you have any questions or wish to order directly please contact me. Thanks for reading!