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5 years ago today…

before the storm thistles

“Before the storm” (Ashland, Oregon)

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge in the Rogue River

Today’s photo comes from my snowshoeing adventure a couple weekend’s ago. Although I’ve turned out at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint on Highway 62 more than a dozen times over the years, I had never been to Natural Bridge Viewpoint before. The two are very close to each other, but Natural Bridge is a bit off the highway.

During winter you can’t get to the viewpoint via a car. That fact made this trek interesting for me. I was able to park in the normal turnout on Highway 62 even though the road (Rd 300 on Google maps) is not plowed. There was room for maybe three cars, but mine was the only one there on this day. From there I walked on snowshoes a little over half a mile to this location.

The Rogue River was higher than normal so the natural bridge in today’s photo isn’t that visible, but in person the scene was pretty spectacular. Water goes underground, through a lava tube, before exiting back into the Rogue River 250 feet downstream.

Another Ashland sunrise

ashland sunrise

Ashland, Oregon

This morning’s sunrise was a good one–peachy, rather than pink, for Valentine’s Day. This photo isn’t from this morning though. My random, desktop image of the day is from 2010.

Wild Turkeys

 wild turkeys

flock of wild turkeys

@AshlandAnimals

We had a flock of about ten wild turkeys hanging out in our backyard yesterday. Today’s photo shows most of them. They were bigger than other turkeys we’ve had before.

Buck Prairie

Buck Prairie

I enjoyed a lovely morning up on Buck Prairie yesterday. Snow had fallen overnight, the sun had come out, and the surface in the sunny areas seemed like it was covered in tiny diamonds. I was the first in snowshoes for the day. I was about the fourth car there. When I left, before noon, the parking lot off Dead Indian Memorial Road was packed.

Hoarfrosted tree

scienceworks frost ashland oregon

My random, photo of the day is from over six years ago on a cold morning in front of ScienceWorks.

Ashland Sunrise

ashland sunrise

Ashland, Oregon

Today’s photo is my random, desktop image of the day. This is from a few years ago. We had an excellent sunrise a few mornings ago, but I was too lazy to go out on my roof to photograph it. The sunrise earlier this week looked similar to this one.

White Christmas

white christmas grizzly peak

Ashland’s Grizzly Peak on Christmas morning

While Ashland’s city limits were snow free on Christmas, you didn’t have to look far to enjoy a white Christmas from clear-skies Ashland this year. Today’s photo was from my house early on Christmas. I wanted to go up on the roof for a better view, but there was a thick layer of frost/ice, and I didn’t want to die just yet. So this picture is from my backyard, zoomed in on the subject to avoid trees, houses, and power lines getting in the way.

Mt. Shasta sunset from Mt. Ashland

christmas mt ashland shasta sunset

Mt. Shasta sunset from Mt. Ashland on Christmas

@mtashland @whattodoinsoore

We headed up to Mt. Ashland for a walk in the snow on Christmas. Cars were streaming down the mountain as we went up. We hit the parking lot at about 4 which was also when the ski area was closing. It was beautiful, but not as beautiful as it became an hour later when the sun set. Nearly everyone was gone by then. At just 18°, and dropping quickly, I don’t blame them, but they missed the best scene of the day.

The return of light

Celebrating Winter Solstice - the return of light

Today’s photo was taken in Beatty, Oregon about 3 hours before the winter solstice.

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