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Friday, March 11, 2011

Sliver Moon

I love it when I get a beautiful moon over my own house. I was letting my dog out and this tiny sliver of a moon caught my eye. It was right at dusk, and some dark, looming clouds were slowly creeping across the sky. I got this right before the moon disappeared for the rest of the night.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Little Burst of Happiness


Seeing this little bloom in my garden makes me so happy!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Salamander Pond

A long time ago, I had a friend we will call Joseph. He was one of the most interesting characters I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. A lot of the times we spent together were trekking to unknown locations out in the woods, at the beach, up the mountain. He knew some of the coolest, most secluded spots. His father was an old mushroom hunting hippy, and had made many friends who taught him these hidden gems in the middle of nowhere. This pond is one of those spots. You have to be an adventurer to get there this time of year. There is snow about a foot deep presently (after over a week of melting from the last storm). The pond is half iced over. We called this the Salamander Pond, because in the spring and summer we would sit on the dock you can see on the far side with a small portable barbecue and a few frothy beers and watch the hundreds of salamanders swim around in the water.

Unfortunately, I believe this is the last trip I will ever get to take to the pond. Behind where I am standing they appear to be building a house. The project was on hiatus due to the winter, so I didn't feel too bad trampling through the snow around the area. But I wont make the trip again. The old, hidden gem has been discovered and "habitated".

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Snow Covered Hood

Posting Hood for 'H' on ABC Wednesday almost feels like cheating... almost ;) I blogged another landscape photo I took at the same time as this one last week. But I really liked zooming in as much as I could from my vantage point at Jonsrud Viewpoint in Sandy (about 30 miles) and showing how much snow Mt Hood is boasting right now. There is not a spot of rock showing through the thick snow cover. The foothills are also white. A perfect winter Mt Hood. The snow doesnt ever totally go away. The glaciers on the mountain that face towards the ocean make this mountain the only one in North America that offers year round skiing and snowboarding. There are multiple camps (I worked for one - Windells - when I was in my 20's) during the summer months, and professionals visit the mountain to keep their skills fresh!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Strong Push On


Went on a winter hike yesterday to clear my mind and soak in the sun and fresh air. The snow where we were was about a foot deep, and we made our way to a secret pond I know of. On the edge of the pond I spotted these bulb sprouts struggling to poke through the snow.

Even in nature, when something tries to get you down, the strong will still survive, flourish and blossom.