Thanks for the coments; that was my favorite photo from the 10 or so I took. I did not take many due to the time constraint and exhaustion. It was also bit hazy in one direction.

The snow shoe walk was my first time and a good way to get around although the bottom of my feet were a bit raw; I assume the size of the snow shoe twists the boots a bit.

Time to get you a micro 4/3 camera
I have been thinking about doing that or perhaps one of the cameras with a APC sized sensor in the smaller body; I can not remember which they are offhand. I have yet to see some other peoples photos but one guy used a compact and he took a lot more photos due to conveniance but they did not seem to have such a good dynamic range.