The hillsides are sliding. Our temperatures in town are warming up to above freezing during the days, and that means the spring avalanches are starting to come thundering down. With the added lubrication of melt water, gravity starts winning the battle against the mountains trying to keep their coats of snow. You can hear the rumbles, even when the music is on inside the house. It is funny to see us and our neighbors run outside every time a big slab lets go and starts rumbling down the hillside; it’s our own live nature channel right outside our back doors. The large avalanches give you plenty of time to get outside; they can last at least a couple of minutes.
For this avalanche, I was setting up a timelapse of the hillside when it let go. I was not ready for it, so I just held down the shutter button to get as many frames as I could. I wish I had a video instead of a series of pictures so you could hear the sound that went along with it! Still, it was pretty cool to see.