Snow Puff

As I alluded to in yesterday’s post, we were getting snow.  The rocks that we were standing on to take that photo got somewhere between 15″-20″ of snow overnight.

Down here in the valley, we picked up 6-8″, depending on where you stood.  Walking through the forest at sunrise to get this photo, I pushed through knee deep spots in places.

It sure was nice.  Although I couldn’t see the sun.

It was still snowing, as you can see by the streaks in the photo.

Ashland Creek, Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon

Or you can play with the fake snowflakes on the screen by moving your cursor around.  Make it a gentle snow or make it snow sideways.

But back to real weather, we’ve established a trend.

Other than one short-lived snow day in spring of 2012, this is the first measurable snowfall here in town since 2008.  What’s changed?  Goddess and I are here.  Prior to that, the first winter that we lived in Germany was the worst in 40 years.  The second winter, the worst in 41 years.

Anyone want us to move near them?  The stipulation is that it has to look like here.  And feel like here.

Fiery Maple

Well, it’s autumn on this side of the equator and everyone’s starting to flood the interwebs with their local fall color.

I will too, but with my own take on things.

Here’s a Japanese Maple, my favorite tree, starting to change.  Quite a few local photographers shoot these trees, since they are next to the paths and parking areas of the largest town park, Lithia Park.  But most of the images I’ve run across are typical scenery shots.

It’s a pretty tree, but prettier inside.

Because the beauty is in the details.

Fiery Maple

The yellow is the leaves in the background, backlit by a mid-afternoon sun.