Sunday, December 25, 2016

Winter Grumbleland Part III - But It's Still So Pretty

The last of the snow and ice are gone.  Leslie and company down in the SW Hills of Eugene now finally have power back just in time for Christmas.  The cleanup operations all over the Willamette Valley continue, and probably will for weeks more.  It was awful to see how many trees came down!  But, for now, the worst is over.
 
Winter in the Northwest.  You just never know what ya gonna get, or when
 
 Ruffie at the morning feed, Christmas morning
 The dog's water tank was way cool in the LED flashlight this morning
 Yesterday, there was a rainbow that ended at Nusbaum Farms.  I certainly hope Orin and the gang plan to share.  After all, I took the picture
 Between Lincoln City and Newport, on the way home from Camp 18 last Wednesday
 Hwy 26 West, on the way to Camp 18


 Guess I should have put the heaters in the tanks a little earlier
 The angry pirate octopus


 A week after the storm, the snow is finally retreating
The tiny snowperson I made for Leslie lost its head as it slowly melted

Winter Grumbleland Part II - It's So Deadly!!

The snow eventually turned to icy snow, and ice here.  But elsewhere, down in the Willamette Valley....
 
 Our Doorway of Death
 Help!!  I've fallen thru the ice!!
 In the Harrisburg/Junction City area, things were beyond beautiful, but beyond treacherous at the same time.  Deadly beauty, if you will








 Crossing the Willamette River at Harrisburg

 Bridge, Harrisburg


 Thankfully, that powerline is old and hasn't been used for ages, but the big, beautiful tree fell completely across Hwy 99
 Approaching Junction City on Hwy 99E
Bellfountain Road

Winter Grumbleland Part I - It's So Pretty!!

The Great Winter Storm of 2016 brought a little bit of everything to Western Oregon.  Ashland and Medford got snow.  Roseburg, a torrent of rain.  Cottage Grove to Junction City, ruinous ice.  Points north and west, including us, snow that hung around for days.
 
It had been nearly 2 years since we've had snow.  We had a light dusting a few days before the main storm, which was nice but lasted as long as most Hollywood marriages.  Then came the Wednesday before Christmas week.  It still wasn't a lot of snow, and it wasn't supposed to last, but it just kept hanging around, leaving plenty of photo ops.
 
 The tree admires its snowy cousins outside
 The snowmen and women are envious of their outside brethren
 The poo flinger display 4 days after the snowstorm, and after the Christmas dog pictures
 The welcome sitting area around the massive fireplace at Camp 18 (www.camp18.com)
 Big Snow meets, uh, snow
 The day before the storm
 Cool ice crystals a few days before the storm

 Now there's some weird walking going on
 A few hours after the snow started, and it's really coming down

 Dale's fabulous rainbucket, frozen in time

 Well, okay, guess the tomatoes really ARE done for the year!



Frozen Beauty of Christmas Morn

Breathtakingly cold and quiet this Christmas morning, the rising sun set fire to the frozen white landscape in a gentle manner
 
 Predawn frozen flag and crescent moon