Sunday, December 21, 2008

Mollie enjoying our morning walk

Mollie enjoys the snow. She is fearless, she runs and jumps through the deep snow banks. It is hard to capture her joy with my camera.

Winter Solstice

The morning of December 21st began with lovely winter scenery. Yesterday's flurries has frosted everything with new white snow. A crescent moon is hiding amongst wisp of morning clouds hanging above the mountains.

Mollie and I return home to grab a camera to capture these lovely images. Mollie is getting much better at being patient as I take pictures.

She enjoys exploring the winter landscape. She searches for branches buried under the snow.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter has arrived

With the falling of several inches of snow, we are reminded that it is winter.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Downy Woodpecker

A downy woodpecker visits our sunflower feeder.

Christmas branch

This year we are decorating a Christmas branch.

More Shadows

Yesterday evening,  the moonlight and leaf bare trees created a tangle of shadows along the path which Mollie and I traversed.

Sunset at Art Center

With early winter sunset,  the art center fills with light.  Shadows are created, as are rainbows.  And then there is the view of the sunset through the leaded and stained glass windows.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Zack & Buster

Moon set - Sunset Contrails

This morning I woke to a lovely moon set.  The full moon was trapped in the trees.    So I tried a few photos with my new camera.

Then walking Mollie at sunset the sky was filled with sunset painted contrails.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Zack's photos

My almost 4 year old nephew visited today. He is intrigued by cameras. I let him play with an older digital camera. Here are some of his images. As you can see he is very much into art/abstract photography.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween eve

It is late Halloween eve, the goblins are in their beds, our annual party is over, everyone has headed home.  Mollie and I walk to the trill of a lone cricket.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Night stars

Bev told me that what she enjoyed most about her trip to the Oregon coast, were the stars in the night sky.  How they appeared so close;  close enough to touch.  

Tonight,  due to a lack of moonlight,  the sky is filled with so many stars, but the mountains definitately keep them out of reach.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Another look at Fall Color

The oaks have now turned to bronze,  but color may be found on the river.  The dogwood is red, purple and yellow.  The cottonwoods and willow have also turned yellow.  The water reflects the colors.  Lovely.

On our walk, mollie and I walk through fallen leaves that crunch underfoot.  And, I am reminded of walks to grandma's from school, and the thoughts that I use to have that if I just thought or visualized grandma's house well enough that I could magically be transported there.

Pre-Dawn Sky

Floating in the pre-dawn sky,  the moon smiles like the cheshire cat in Alice's looking glass.  (Think the Disney version).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Evening Sky

An orange syrup of light drips through the canyon's mouth melting into mountains covered in golden autumn leaves.  And I don't have a camera handy.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mollie in the act

As usual Mollie has to get involved.  Here is another picture with her adding to the view, and a few more of the golden autumn afternoon.

Indian Summer

I am not sure why it is called Indian Summer, but I am enjoying the warm, golden fall weekend especially after last weekend.  Just the yellow and gold leaves are left.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fall Observation

Have you ever noticed that maple seed wings covered with morning dew look just like lacewing wings or the wings of childhood's fairies!

Waiting for window repair

In waiting for my window to be repaired, Mollie and I took care of some Fall chores.  These pictures I call Mollie in the middle of everything!

October 13 in to 14, 2008

This morning around three I remembered that I had stupidly left my purse in the car.  Agh!  Someone broke my window and stole it.  What a hazzle!

October 12, 2008 *snow*

On Saturday, October 11, a early fall snow started.  It was mostly slush, but it turned the conifer higher up into frosted white trees.

Then on Sunday, October 12th we woke to snow covered ground.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

More pictures

Just a few more pictures of the fall leaves before the snow flies.

Lovely Fall Afternnon

Yesterday, October 8th, I took the afternoon off.  After completing all my errands and other business, Mollie and I took a lovely afternoon walk.  It was a beautiful fall afternoon, warmed by the sun.  Many of the maple leaves have fallen.  The oaks, cottonwood and oaks have just started to change.  It was a perfect afternoon walk.

Today the weather is cooler, and they are forecasting snow for the weekend.  Snow on the valley floor.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

After the Rain

We had rain all day Saturday.  It brought down most of the changing maple leaves.  But the yellow Box Elder leaves are just starting.


Friday with an incoming storm, a rainbow appeared for a short time over the mountains. This is the best thing about digital cameras, you can keep them at hand and don't need to worry about film.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Autumn's scent

Autumn has its own scents - the sweet over ripe smell of windfall apples, the dry musty scent of fallen leaves, and evening bonfires.  Then there are the sounds - the clicking sound of grasshoppers as they fly, a scolding squirrel, the pop of acorns in the fire.  And what of taste - the sweet, juicy pear, the spice of apple sauce cookies, the warmth of chili.

Update of Canyon Color

The canyon changes daily.  The color in fall is lovely but fades.  I found a few sumac brushes that the moose had not snacked on, and a few acorns still on the scrub oak that the squirrels have not harvested. 

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dark Moon

In a pre-dawn sky, a dark moon rises over a jagged  silhouette  mountain range.  Its lower rim edged in a golden glow.  A companion in my travels, it peers coyly from behind mountain peaks and puffs of gray clouds in a pastel violet-blue sky.  Near my journey's end, it fades lost in the light of the sunrise.

Sumac vs. moose

Earlier this week, a moose snacked on the red, green, and orange sumac leaves.  It left only nibbled trunks.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


A then there is the sumac whose leaves flame in fall red, yellow and orange.