Wednesday, February 11, 2004

A Beautiful Day

It was an absolutely gorgeous day up here in the Northwest.  Sunny (almost unheard of this time of year), and the temperature must have ultimately nudged 60 degrees.  Lucy and I geared up and went for a walk up the hill behind the neighborhood.  I took along the digital camera so I could share some images of the beginning of spring with those of you who won't be seeing it for awhile yet.

The sounds were really better thant the sights.  All the birds chattering...chickadees, stellar and scrub jays, song sparrows and crows.  There is an old walnut orchard down the block...the crows gather there by the dozens, collect nuts, and then fly over the streets and drop them to the pavement to crack them open.  When I'm walking, I try to help them out by stepping on any uncracked nuts I come across!  And the smells...many die-hards around here still heat with wood. On chilly mornings, the air is always redolent with woodsmoke.

The mountains were out today...Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens were beaming, in their coats of brilliant white snow against the bright blue sky.  I tried to get a picture, but the digital camera couldn't capture it.  Don't know if the problem is with me or the camera... 

I wish everyone could plan a visit to Oregon in spring.  It's absolutely the best time of year! 


  1. It is so beautiful! How did you get four pictures together? Really nice!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous pictures. They make me wish I was there.

  3. Yes, I would like to go to Oregon! I love the pictures, especially that one with the water. I'm glad you had a lovely day. It's been so yucky here. :-/

  4. It was beautiful here today...but FAR from 60! Your pictures are terrific...thanks for sending us some spring. I'd also like to know how you did your photo montage.

  5. Lovely pics! And'd you do that? .... : )