This was just this morning at Canyon de Chelly. I didn't realize yesterday, just how lucky I was to catch a snowstorm here this early in the season. I met up with another photographer this morning who just drove here all the way from San Diego to shoot this. He heard about this snowstorm on the news and drove all night to shoot here today. He said this only happens about once in a decade. It's very rare to have a snowstorm so early in the season that there is still fall color in the trees. I think these are Cottonwood trees.
In the winter it does snow here quite a bit. I always find it funny that whenever I post a photo of snow around here, people are always amazed that it is snowing in the desert. Keep in mind that the northern half of Arizona and New Mexico sits between 6000-10,000 feet elevation. It's COLD here! Yes... It's still a desert. Desert doesn't always mean HOT! The worlds largest desert is Antarctica!
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