Monday, January 16, 2012

Yes, More Snow Pix

A good overnight snowfall, plus some sunny breaks, plus a bunch of dogs having the time of their lives, plus the son of a good friend doing some snowboarding in the south pasture equals a LOT more pictures. Enjoy the slideshow!

Sunrise. Romella stopped by on her way out with little dog Tango for a five miler and remarked that it just 'looked like a postcard' out here. We get that a lot

Looking west towards Green Peak (just visible over the trees in left centre) just before sunrise, when everything was so hushed and still and quiet and the dog pack had not yet left their marks all over the pristine blanket of while powder on the ground

Nearly the same shot a little bit later when the sun broke thru the clouds. I thought it was a neat comparison shot

Don't ask me. I just thought it was a cool shot

The same Christmas tree field that the helicopter shots were taken just a few months ago. Now that's what I call natural flocking on the remaining trees

On Park Road, headed back to the ranch. Cricket, foreground; Sybil and Gem the BC up ahead; Hoke, well, somewhere out of sight as usual

This ancient Oregon white oak just screams 'take my picture' every time it snows. There just simply isn't a bad shot on the ranch. Just bad photographers and cameras

Ah yes. The unopened bottle of Vino Noceto Frivolo on the wine cooler. Just love that label, don't you?

Looking SW from the dog run - a gorgeous series of shots with the sky and snow and trees

Panning to the south

And the oaks and lone Doug fir (and a coupla madrones) to the SE

Yup, tryin' to be all artsy again. The black walnut in the dog run against the sky

The power departed around 0745, with an estimated return time of around 11ish. At 28 degrees, Dale needed his pellet stove AND coffee maker, not at 11, but right now. Plus, without power, the well doesn't do a whole lot for the water situation in the house or for the livestock. When Jason of 360 Electric in Harrisburg rewired the garage/shop last summer Dale had him install a switched outlet so that in the event of a prolonged power failure (very rare out here), we could plus the genset into the outlet and power at least the well and freezer (actually, the entire garage/shop, but those most importantly). This is the first real actual useage of the switch and genset, and it worked perfectly. Dale ran an extension cord to the house, plugged in the pellet stove and coffee maker, and we were back in business. The power returned around 10ish

Looking east towards Bellfountain, and three snow doggies - Gem the BC, Sybil and Hoke's butt

LeeLu (dun) and Vicky Cristina head for the barn. They tend to think that food will magically appear in the bunks if they just visit often enough

Looking NW from the snowboard run in the south pasture. Another postcard shot

The Legacy Oregon white oak in the south pasture. Another totally photogenic tree, very dramatic

Northwest Standoff. Sybil eyes Pony and his gang in the south pasture. She appears to have forgotten that she's on ski patrol while Charley is out snowboarding

Pony and his gang of sheep and goat

Saddlebred in the Snow. Goat way off to the left side of the pix, neatly blending in with the scenary

The Legacy Oregon white oak

Another postcard shot, complete with snow doggy Sybil

A neat shot of the homestead from the north pasture

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