Still Ice on the Ponds
It's interesting that we still have some ice on Delta Ponds, even though we have had a few warm days since our snow storm and ice last week. Our snow is pretty much gone now, except for a few spots and what is piled up in parking lots.
I wonder what winter is going to be like?
An Oregon Industry
For years now, one of Oregon's major industries has been timber. Though timber production has been reduced, Oregon remains a leading producers of lumber in the US. This small mill operation is representative of what was seen in many more locations in the past.
Some of the changes have been noted in Wikipedia:
"Vast forests have historically made Oregon one of the nation's major timber production and logging states, but forest fires (such as the Tillamook Burn), over-harvesting, and lawsuits over the proper management of the extensive federal forest holdings have reduced the timber produced. According to the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, between 1989 and 2001 the amount of timber harvested from federal lands dropped some 96%, from 4,333 million to 173 million board feet (10,000,000 to 408,000 m3), although harvest levels on private land have remained relatively constant.."
The long hair on this Great Blue Heron's neck reminds me of a beard. Certainly is a handsome bird, don't you think? Seen at Delta Ponds.
Like Dancers in the Spotlight
Some in this grove of trees stood out in the morning light, like dancers in a ballroom spotlight.
Hey, I have a good imagination! LOL
Log House On A Hill
The morning sun highlighted this log house against a foggy hill. This is the largest log home I have seen and it is beautiful.
The snow and ice is going away! Hooray! But I have to say that the frost made this fence look better!
Freezing fog can leave icy spikes, called 'Pogonip' in the Western US, on leaves and branches of trees.
Definition of POGONIP:
a dense winter fog containing frozen particles that is formed in deep mountain valleys of the western United States
Origin of POGONIP - Shoshone paã i̵napp i̵h cloud; First Known Use: 1865
Definition of HOARFROST:
"hoar·frost (hôrfrôst, -frst, hr-) n. Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface. Also called white frost."
A December Day
I finally dug the Explorer out of the snow this morning and went to get groceries. Coming home I saw this scene along the edge of the store parking lot, with the ice covered trees against a dark, threatening sky.
Our old bird bath isn't quite ready for customers! While it is still snowing in this scene, the snow is supposed to gradually start going away tomorrow. Only problem is that we now have a storm warning for freezing rain tomorrow night and Thursday. Seems to be a lot of winter weather in autumn.
Snowball, one of the sculptures on the Lane Transit District EmX Gateway route. decorates the route along Pioneer Parkway. The sculpture is by Portland artist Devin Laurence Field.
Can You Give Me A Hand?
I wonder if the guy who is missing this single glove might be called 'Cool Hand Luke'?
A yard light in the snow was backlighted by the sun, making it look like it was shining on its own. With a topping of snow that looks like a fancy tophot, the light looks quite debonair to me.