We live in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. We are also above 1000′ elevation. Our weather patterns differ from what happens in the valley. We average about 6° colder than our closest city and get more wind & rain. Rain. That’s what I want to know. How much rain do we get. It seems like a lot. Some days it totally bums me
Who knew I was going to become a runner? I certainly didn’t. However, I found that it works for my lifestyle. I don’t love the training, but I really enjoy the run events. I’m not fast, but I finish. It is rewarding. I feel good. I feel accomplished. Somewhere around the beginning of my running adventure I learned about the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in
The weather forecast is getting predictable. Rain. Followed by rain. And more rain. This December is officially the wettest month in 75 years. That’s sayin’ a lot since we live in Oregon. And, the month isn’t even over yet. We still have over a week left in December. After such a dry summer, a little rain is nice. But, we’ve had enough now. I’d like
I have a couple friends that I’ve been friends with since high school. This year, two of them have daughters graduating high school. High school! That just seems impossible. One of the girls is really active in FFA. After State Fair, when her animals were looking their best, she asked me to take photos of her and her 4 legged friends. She shows sheep, goats
Most of August was warm, dry & uneventful. However, one night there was a fantastic lightning show that I really could have enjoyed had I not been so nervous about the trees around our house catching on fire. Here in the PNW we get thunder & lightning. But no real great show. It lasts a few minutes and moves on. This time it went on
I didn’t name this winter weather event. The media has dubbed these last few days as Snowpocalypse 2014. Geesh. Why? Because throughout the Willamette Valley down to Salem, and even parts of the coast got 6+ inches of snow & freezing rain. That’s rare. We will get that much at our house usually a couple times a year. But, we are at a higher elevation.
I’ve had my DSLR camera for over a year & haven’t tried taking star pics. A few nights in the last couple weeks I finally gave it a shot. I’m not sure I got exactly what I was looking for, but I did learn a few things. The most important thing I learned is that star photography is tricky. The shutter needs to be open
On June 5th, Venus crossed between the Sun & Earth for the last time in our lifetime. I was home that afternoon & was determined to snap a few pics. It turned out to be a huge pain. I thought ahead to pick up solar glasses so we could look at it, but I didn’t think about a way to photograph it. So, I googled