No special effects for 2009.  Halfway through December, a rare storm spilled out of the Alaska gulf.  Overnight temps plunged below freezing, and the snow level dropped to 3,000 feet.   That only happens in Ojai once or twice per year.  Some friends, the associate editor of the local paper, and the ultimate authority, my wife, all liked this shot of mile-high Chief Peak and the contrast provided by the palm tree in the foreground.  I used a polarizing filter to darken the sky.

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