The climate here in Southern Oregon along the Upper Applegate River is worth crowing about, however. Mild winters are hemmed in by colorful falls and warm springs. The summer can get a tad warm at times, but they are mainly tolerable. Only the seemingly endless fires of August and September are a royal pain in the derrière. Pardon my French.
What snow we do get is always an invitation to go for a walk. I like to see what animals have left their tracks for me to peruse and to admire the beauty of the freshly fallen snow. And, of course, my camera goes along. It insists. As a result, you are pretty much guaranteed to get my annual snow post. I feel obligated. (grin) So here it is!
NEXT POST: I’ve been working hard at going through and categorizing and culling out my umpteen thousand Burning Man photos. Assuming I finish, it will be fun to go through and highlight some of the better ones. I’ve created 12 different categories!
42 thoughts on “Not Enough Snow to Crow About… But It’s Still Beautiful”
The frog looks rather perfect! There might not be much snow but it sure looks cold.
The frog was glad it had an umbrella, AC! More snow today. We’ll see if it hangs around long enough to accumulate. –Curt
You live in a beautiful part of the world in any season.
Except for fire season, Ray! 🙂
Something about snow changes the entire landscape, even when you’re so familiar with it. Such beauty here. It is a good idea to look at how the trees hold the snow differently. Do you know if those are white oak or Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana)? I want to plant some Oregon White Oak here because it’s an indigenous tree. My property is 97% hemlock and maple.
It’s growing all over this part of southern Oregon, Crystal. I asked it if it was garryana and it gave me a strange look, but I’m assuming it is. We are too low for hemlock here but have maple, madrone, ponderosa pine, the white oak, and Douglas fir. –Curt
Madrone is another one I want to plant here. Such a remarkable and beautiful tree. Doug fir! In the latest copy of the Cherokee newsletter (I’m the editor), one of our contributors wrote about what to do with the needles. I’ll send you the .pdf when it goes to print in case you want to try any of her recipes.
Wow, eating Douglas fir. That would be interesting. I’m not sure that even the deer that hang out here do. Now Madrone, it’s a go-to tree in the winter when other food is scarce. The deer strip the young plants. We have a beautiful madrone in out back yard that provides welcome shade in the summer. So you are the editor of the Cherokee newsletter. Sound like fun, plus valuable to me. Good for you, Crystal. –Curt
If deer eat Madrone, I’ll have to be sure and protect anything I plant here. These deer eat everything! I sent a copy of the newsletter. It’s the newsletter for the Portland-based satellite group.
Ours definitely eat Madrone, especially young tender Madrone. Some type of fence for the young plants would be in order. On the other hand, tastes vary per herd. So who knows. –Curt
No snow for us so far this year Curt. The weather is very unseasonal, it seems to think that it is May already!
The storms keep rolling in here, Andrew. Storm warnings are up again today. Seems that there is a front common down from the north and one coming up from the south, meeting at our house.
Hottest winter day since records began here Curt, second day in a row. I played golf and used sun screen. Mad. Sounds like you will have to get through some bad weather!
As I write, the snow is coming down in giant flakes. Beautiful, but…
Beautiful! I love the frog. Perfect!
Its umbrella worked! 🙂
It’s adorable too
Beautiful countryside in your neck of the woods! 🙂 I think we all agree that the frog is adorable. Nature did a great job that!
Hard to beat mother nature as an artist, G. 🙂
You’ve sure got that right!!
Your patio is definitely a great place to be on, no matter if it’s summer or winter. No wonder why the little frog is now sticking around 🙂
That it is Christie!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of snow, but oh my does it make for beautiful pictures! Well done 🙂
Thanks, MB. I like it in small doses. 🙂
Just really beautiful images Curt.
Thanks Sylvia. Hard to go wrong with fresh snow! –Curt
What gorgeous shots, Curt! You’ve got quite a view, and that is absolutely a Lord of the Rings Tree. It was a great year for snow- up north of you here we had an awful lot of panic about our “snowmageddon,” but it was gorgeous- for at least the first couple of days 😉
Ah, the first couple of days syndrome. I’m with you on that, Anne. Big flakes are falling now. Our deck is begging to look white. 🙂 –Curt
Wohoo! Well, perhaps you will have some more photo ops!
We did. I was tempted to do another post, but decided that the 100th celebration of the Grand Canyon took precedence. 🙂
Oooh, is it 100 this year? Hmmm…we’d considered driving south in the fall… 🙂
Must do, must do, Anne. 🙂
We’ve had 3 occasions of snow here near the beginning of this stormy cycle. I almost didn’t get up in time to see any of it. Then again part of Hwy 101 decided to take a dive. It’s closed now between Brookings and Gold Beach. Same place that’s been slumping an inch almost daily all of a sudden dropped a good two feet, or more. I’m loving this series of storms. Rain one day, sun the next. Rinse and repeat.
About the same number we’ve seen, Gunta. Probably the same storms. I expect we will see more. Ouch on 101. Sounds like Highway 1 going down the California Coast. Winter rains are almost a guarantee it will be slumping somewhere! –Curt
Just back from a trip to Coos Bay! Lots of slumping going on in quite a number of places.
And the rains aren’t over yet! I’ll have to plan our next trip to the coast carefully. –Curt
This is what I consider perfect snow: enough to decorate and please the eye, but not so much to make life difficult (or even miserable). I especially like the photo with the sun peeking through — it has that sweet, ethereal look that winter sometimes has.
Yep, snow storms don’t get much better, Linda. We did get more snow the next day, but I had already done my annual snow post. Gentle light seems to enhance anything. –Curt
After feet and feet of snow here in Tahoe, I’m slightly envious of your milder winter — which is equally beautiful! Lucky you to live in such a gorgeous spot!
I remember snow like you’ve had this year, Kelly. For a while in the late 70s and early 80s I spent a lot of time in the winter at a cabin near Donner Summit at Serene Lakes. The snow looked like what you are facing now! I wake up every morning smiling because of the beauty of where we live. –Curt
If you’ve lived in Serene Lakes, then you’ve REALLY lived through some winters! That place gets hammered! And is also very beautiful. 🙂
We always had a second story entrance in the winter, Kelly. We’d park and then dig steps into the road’s snowbank to get up high enough to enter the cabin. One time, the cabin almost disappeared under the snow and we had to tunnel down to the second floor entrance. We also used to put bamboo poles in front of and behind our vehicles so the snowplow wouldn’t eat them if they disappeared under snow overnight. –Curt