On Tuesday, the 19th of September, it snowed. I remember waking up and feeling a difference in the air- a crispness that only comes with snow. And, lo and behold, the snow came. Less than two months after the park road had officially opened it was closed once more. It has been so fascinating seeing how quickly things change here in Lassen. When I first arrived, there was too much snow for me to reach my survey plots. With haste the snow melted to reveal corn lily’s, mule’s ears, lupines, and innumerable ponds and lakes. Too quickly, it seems, the plants senesced, and a few days before the first day of Fall, came Winter.

 

Reflection of snow-dusted Lassen Peak in Hat Creek

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