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“New” view of Mt. Ashland

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Mt. Ashland and Bear Creek from the greenway

I took a ride on the Bear Creek Greenway yesterday and discovered this view. I’ve ridden (or, less frequently, walked) the greenway dozens of times over the past 20 years, maybe over a hundred. But I’ve never noticed this view before. Was it always there and I just missed it? Or did last September’s Almeda Fire allow it to be seen? I don’t know, but I’m glad to have finally found it.

Nature making a comeback

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Mt. Ashland and the Almeda Fire from the Bear Creek Greenway

The Greenway has been far from green, until the last few days, since the Almeda Fire back in September. This area has been completely black for five months. But nature is healing itself and spring is on the way.

Crystal healing

Talent, Oregon after the Almeda fire

#AlmedaFire #OregonFires #wildfires

Almeda Fire

Almeda Fire

#AlmedaFire #GlendowerFire #OregonFires

Today’s photo comes from Ashland Pond, looking west, less than 48 hours after the Almeda Fire began a couple hundred feet behind this location. The fire headed northwest, blown by strong winds, from here and destroyed much of Talent and Phoenix in the subsequent 16 hours or so.

Sunset on the evening of the start of the Almeda Fire

Almeda Fire sunset from Ridge Road in Ashland (September 8, 2020)

The smoke was from hundreds of homes burning in Talent and Phoenix.

Ashland Pond after the Almeda Fire

Ashland Pond (September 10, 2020)

#AlmedaFire #GlendowerFire #OregonFires

One of my favorite places to visit in town is located close to the origin of the horrific Almeda Fire that began on September 8, 2020 and razed over 600 homes, mostly in Phoenix and Talent, Oregon.

I rode my bike down Almeda Drive and Glendower Street today, like many times before, but everything is different. The homes are all still there, and there doesn’t appear to be any damage to the structures, but the fields nearby are a wasteland coated in inches of ash.

Here is a photo of Ashland Pond from less than five months ago.

Alder Springs Trail

Alder Springs Trail (Central Oregon)

Today’s photo comes from a hike we did this past Labor Day Weekend. We were in Bend. This trail was great, although getting there was not easy. Not recommended on a hot day or if you don’t have 4-wheel drive. Follow directions on the internet, not Google maps for finding the trail head. Google will send you down the wrong road and cost you at least an extra half an hour. Even when we got on the correct road, Google sent us down a couple of dead ends.

Back to why I’m sharing this photo… Ashland is on fire at the moment (later note: Almeda Fire as it came to be known), and this photo has a bit of that feel to it.

790 fire from Sevenmile Rd

sevenmile road oregon 1349 fire cows

On Sunday afternoon we headed back to Ashland from Beatty taking a different route than our normal Highway 140. This time we went along the Sprague River and through Chiloquin. Shortly after passing through Chiloquin our GPS had us on Road 1349 (AKA Sevenmile Road). The cows munching away while a fire burned a nearby seemed a bit surreal. I stopped the car for a second to take this cell phone pic.

Fire in the Plunkett Center

Police tape surround Plunkett Center on SOU campus after fire

Yesterday there was an early morning fire in the Plunkett Center (Chappell-Swedenburg House built in 1904) on the corner of Mountain and Siskiyou. Luckily there were no injuries and the building wasn’t lost.