Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Looking Back

Ten years ago, I created a blog post of my Rusty Crusty Autos.  This photography was one of my favorite projects at the time.  I've run out of these old vehicles, but I still have an eye for the "rusty crusty ones.  


Friday, February 9, 2024

February Snow Storm

 This corner of Oregon had an intense winter that lasted a fairly short time.  Sub-zero (-15 degrees) temperatures for several days and more than a foot of snow.  Then the rain began! The first "atmospheric river" event on the West Coast moved inland with above freezing temperatures and rain. It wasn't long before the snow was gone...except for the tops of mountains.  February keeps teasing us with winter...and a recent snow storm created some beautiful scenes in neighboring Wallowa County.  (The elevation makes the difference.)  Joseph and Wallowa Lake are in the south end of the county, and they are always beautiful. It was a day when the clouds were down low, hiding the view of the Wallowa Mountains bordering the lake. 

One of the many life-sized bronze sculptures on the Main Street of Joseph. 

Monday, January 15, 2024

An Hour in the Mountains at 2 degrees

I consider it fortunate that we live so close to the Blue Mountains of  Oregon...just 20 miles from our front door is the summit at 5100 feet in elevation.  When it snows, it is a magical place, so I must go!  This particular day, the sky was gray which affects the "colors" of the images.  I never "play" in the snow; I only photograph it, and often I don't get out of the car. 

The dark line at the base of the trees was caused by the heavy-duty ODOT Snowblower. 

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Barbed Wire

 My photography activity has almost dried up...and I'm not certain why.  However, I want to keep this blog active, so I'm going into my files for this post.  Barbed wire fascinates me, particularly if it is old.  Living in a rural area where wire fences are common, I have some good opportunities to find interesting barbed wire. 

Sunday, October 29, 2023

And just like that, fall fell into winter??

 I think I posted leaves last year, but each October they are simply amazing in color and shape.  Because we had a long, warm early fall, the foliage was able to "bloom."   These are just a few of the varieties and colors I found last week. Since then, we've had 20-degree temperatures at night.  And the higher elevations got their first snow...just a skiff here in the valley. 

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Fall is Creeping In

 I believe I've never expressed a fondness for fall, probably because I like summer so much.  However, nothing can beat the colors and textures of fall.  We haven't had frost yet, which is unusual for this country.  We are experiencing morning fog, however.  Usually it's in the valleys bordering a river; however, this particular day, the only east-west freeway was closed for at least 4 hours because a commercial truck had wrecked in the fog up on the mountain. Down in the valley...a drive in the neighboring Grande Ronde Valley recently indicated the beginning of the autumn season.  A later drive will no doubt produce even more color.