Monday, December 31, 2007

My Christmas Miracle!

Snow in Oregon on Christmas Day. The night before the local news gave something 3% chance of snow on Christmas in the Portland area. We are a ways out of town, and higher up, so we have a bigger chance, but it was still pretty cool.
I took a little walk and got this pic of a circluar rainbow in the mist--and there's three of them, co-centrically! Never seen that before, and I also saw it with my naked eye, so it's not a trick of the camera lens. Happy Holidays!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Winter Solstice 2007

For the past handful of years I've been trying to take a picture of the sundown on the Soltice, and it seems like since I've been paying attention, the sky is clear enough to mark where the sun falls on the horizon. I couldn't "get" the warm orange in the sky, and started messing around with the photo editing buttons, exaggerating, abstracting, and I think I "got" the feelings I felt--the warm fire in the belly sort...that all is well, a new year has begun. Today is really what I think of when the new year starts. And actually the sun will set in the same spot for the next few days, the earth can't turn on a dime. Though I suppose for its size, it does!
I started looking at the reflections of the orange in the potholes in the road...and actually got to thinking my potholes are pretty, nicely rounded, smooth mirrors of the sky, still holding light as the land loses its own light. Potholes are generally cursed, but sometimes you find some mighty interesting things inside, like one day I saw a junco in every pothole on down the road, each one of them taking a bath.
Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Almost Dark, Almost Solstice

Here's the view from my kitchen window, just before 4 o'clock, when I drive the two gravely miles down the mountain to get the kids from the bus stop. A few minutes after we get home it's dark, so they are leaving and coming home in twilight, and at the end of next week before Christmas break, it will be dark both ends. Then...the earth will stall, teeter and wobble, letting us have more light each day.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Bagging My Christmas Tree

Here I am, snapping off a Christmas tree! Saw was dull, so I just broke it off. It IS the prettiest Christmas tree ever!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mushroom Hunt

First off, I don't know what kind of mushrooms these officially are, but I call them "Honey Mushrooms". They're popping out of oak logs and stumps, and always appear in a herd. I suppose I could call them "Butter Mushrooms" too, or Lemon Pie, Scrambled Eggs, Hollandaise and Toast, Cream of Chicken...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Sorry to be away, my lap top has been in the shop(and didn't get fixed after all), so now I'm set up on a new desktop. Yay computers!
Every year there is one morning in November when the light shines through the firs like a big angel--there's just the right amount of mist to catch the rays. The trick is happening to look out the window to see it. Success!