Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Where Photographers Meet

Two mornings in a row I tried photographing Salmon Creek from Felida Bridge at sunrise after our snow storm. And both mornings I wasn't alone. Not many people out on these single digit mornings, but photographers are a bit crazy I guess. There's a great view of Mt. Hood from this viewpoint, and the easy access makes this bridge a popular place to photograph. I found the sunrise to be way too bright though, so a more closeup view of some of the snow and ice for the blog today.

Monday, January 16, 2017

In the Woods

Snow has been clinging to the sides and tops of tree branches for almost a week now, but that will end today as the temperature warms above freezing. I'll be sad to see the snow go, but definitely won't mind it being a bit warmer! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ice Sculpture

Snow melting and refreezing on this hilly sidewalk creates an intricate icy sculpture.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Salmon Creek

Our winter wonderland continues today, with temps not getting above freezing.  At least today the roads are clear enough that I can get out in my car. The thermometer in my car registered 11 degrees F when this photo was taken just after sunrise. Our snowy scenery should continue through tomorrow, then rain arrives on Sunday to wash it all away.
Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

North Side

Another look at one of my favorite trees along one of the campus trails. I photographed this tree during our first snow of the year (Whose Woods These Are). Much different light today, with the shadowy snow and the mossy branches in the sun.  Also a large tree fell across the path during the storm, probably from weight of the snow.  It was a very heavy snow!  And neighborhood consensus is that we got 14-15 inches. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Some Snow

We got some snow today! It's still coming down, actually. 
Our forecast was for 1-5in. So far I'd say we've got a foot. What fun! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Elsa Was Here

We went out of town for a few days this week, and came home to a completely frozen pond!  Thawing a bit with our last two days of rain, but I expect it will completely freeze over again tomorrow with more snow forecast.  I tried photographing it in the completely frozen state, but it wasn't as interesting as this morning's partial freeze.  I think because the pond has a little layer of water on top, so it gives a good reflection, but also looks frozen with the tiny air bubbles.  Clover was sitting on the rocks above the pond, so I got to include her in the image.  Bonus.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year in Review 2016

 Some of my favorite photos from the blog in 2016.

Leaf and Sky Reflection

Winter in the Columbia Gorge
Falls Creek Reflection, Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Walla Walla Countryside

Sunrise at Sunset Beach, Astoria, Oregon

Animated Shack, Trout Lake, Washington

Panther Creek Falls, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Lewis River, Battle Ground, Washington

High Tide, Bandon, Oregon

Mt. Hood Sunrise

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Light

I stumbled upon Fallen Leaf Lake Park in Camas yesterday. I knew it was near Lacamas, vaguely, but just lucked into spotting the almost hidden entrance as I was heading home from a day in the gorge. I'll explore it more later, but did a quick walk while the sun was still up, and happened upon a really great patch of light. So glad we got sunshine for the first day of winter; I just love the low light angle this time of year.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Whose Woods These Are

I think I know...The campus trails made for an enchanting walk for me and Clover during our second snow of the year yesterday. We had the woods almost completely to ourselves, only meeting a runner and his dog and a couple out enjoying the winter wonderland. As we passed the couple who were on their way home, the man told me there was a Robert Frost poem in the woods. Maybe a professor on campus, I thought. Of course he was right; it's why we were all out, stopping by woods on a snowy evening.