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Smoke in the west

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One of the reasons I enjoy teaching in Copenhagen in the summer is the weather is better than Ashland (to me anyway, I prefer 70s to 90s). The air is crisp and clean in Copenhagen, and Ashland can frequently be smoky in the summer. This year I missed Ashland’s clean air summer season and returned just in time for the smoke.

Today’s photo comes from my return flight to Portland (PDX) from Iceland (KEF). This wasn’t anywhere near Ashland, and probably not that close to Portland. It could have been Idaho or Washington. However, visibility out of PDX was horrible so the smoke was very much in Portland.

In the three + days I’ve been home Ashland has been hot and smoky (although not as bad as it can become).

Grizzly Peak Sunrise

Sunrise hits Grizzly Peak

Today’s photo is from this morning. The whole town was in shadow, but Grizzly Peak was glowing.

Strange winter scene on Grizzly Peak

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View from Grizzly Peak during minimal snow winter

I have yet to break out my snow shoes this winter. Last weekend we hiked to the top of Grizzly Peak where I took this photo from. Last year at this time this was the scene miles below the location of today’s photo.

This year we were able to drive all the way to the parking lot which is pretty much unheard of in January or February. From there the trail usually has several feet of snow on it in winter as it is in the shade and doesn’t melt until May or so. Not this year.

Cold Blue Mountain

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Cold Blue Mountain
Ashland, Oregon

Cold Blue Mountain, a band from Chico, California, is scheduled to play at Club 66 next Friday night (1/17/14). Today’s photo is of Ashland’s own cold blue mountains from last month’s snow storm.

Santa Barbara panorama

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Nine-photo photomerge from the Santa Barbara County Courthouse

According to the TripAdvisor website, the best attraction in Santa Barbara is the nearly one-hundred-year-old Santa Barbara Courthouse. Today’s photo is about 200 degrees of the view from the top of the clock tower. The Santa Ynez Mountains, pictured in this panorama, were our next stop.

Mt. Shasta

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Aerial photo of Mt. Shasta

Today’s photo comes from a flight back in May when I flew out of the Ashland airport on my way to the Oakland airport. This photo was actually taken on the return trip in the evening.

Another photo of Mount Shasta from Mount Ashland

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Mt. Shasta from Mt. Ashland

I believe the smaller mountain between the two is Goosenest.

View of Northern California from near the top of Mt. Ashland

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Northern California Mountains from Mount Ashland

This past weekend we headed up Mt. A to do a little snowshoeing. The sky was ridiculously blue, and the temperatures were in the 50s (even though down below in Ashland the temps were barely 40 degrees). We had ourselves a weather inversion (which has since departed).

Frozen morning sunrise

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Cold sunrise over Ashland, Oregon

Like most of the West Coast of the USA over the past week, Ashland has been freezing–literally. Snow hasn’t fallen for about a week, but with lows in the teens every night since and highs around 30 degrees, not much has melted. Today we may finally hit 40 degrees, and we may even hit 50 at some point this weekend so there is hope that this state of affairs won’t last forever.

Before the dawn

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Ashland has had a change in weather over the past few days. This is not so good for those of us who like the warmer temperatures, but it is great for photography with the crazy clouds, different lighting, and unpredictable colors that come with. I took today’s photo before the sunrise when the sky was going bonkers for a few minutes.

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