All That's Left of the Snow Storm!
When I went for my morning latte, it was still dark out. But the headlights of a truck and my headlights combined to show part of the huge pile of snow still left in this parking lot. I thought it turned out good. Hope you did too!
I taught a class for new instructors at Lane Transit yesterday called, "Transitioning from Bus Operator to Instructor." I enjoy sharing this subject with those new to the position. While at the class I got to see an old friend, Jackie, who I had appointed as instructor while I was still at Lane Transit. Jackie has been working for LTD for 21 years and instructing for at least the last 12 years. It was great to have her on my team of instructors. She is still there, very active in the training program. Jackie will be retiring before long, which will be a loss for LTD.
Mom, I'm Tired of Winter!
I think the expression on the face of Carol's little doll may well represent how many are feeling about winter by now. Today was the first day I had my Explorer out in five days. First the snow and then the ice, We even lost power for a while on Saturday. Happy to say that we are now thawing out. Unfortunately, it looks like other parts of the country are in for a new blast of winter. Anyway, I love the look on that little doll's face.
Icicles Like Prison Bars
We had an ice storm yesterday with freezing rain most of the day. It ended up bringing about some interesting results, such as these icicles on Carol's bird feeder in the backyard. I think they look like prison bars. :)
Robin On Ice
It started out snowing this morning, again But then it changed to freezing rain and that continued all day, coating everything with a layer of ice. I didn't wander far from the house, too much snow and ice! But I saw a number of robins flying around our yard and the one next door. One of them landed in a bush across the fence and I got a few shots of it sitting on an ice covered bush. Looked like a sculpture to me. :)
It's Still Snowing!
An unusual winter storm hit our area beginning Wednesday night, bringing snow to the area. The snow continued most of the day yesterday and pretty much all day today. At times, it changed to freezing rain. Snow accumulation grew from three or four inches to about 8-9 inches today. The snow covered bridge that I posted yesterday is almost completely covered today. I wanted to get a picture of the falling snow, rather than just that on the ground. Tried different ways, including blurring the falling snow, but liked this result. The bush is loaded down with snow tonight.
We are in the midst of a winter storm bringing snow to the area. The snow blanket can add beauty to a scene, as it does to Carol's little bridge over a tiny pond. I think looks pretty nice anyway! Just got my beloved D3 from Nikon, where it was sent for cleaning. So glad to have it back.
At the Hole In The Wall!
Carol and I traveled to the Hole in The Wall today to have lunch with Marty and John. It was quite a trip, all of three blocks! The spot is actually a restaurant, an attractive one at that! Excellent food and good company made for an enjoyable time. The place is well named, as this photo of Carol with Marty and John, at the 'Hole in the Wall' inside the restaurant, shows!
The New Whilamut Passage Bridge
Opened in August 2013, the new Whilamut Passage Bridge carries Interstate-5 traffic across the Willamette River as it passes between Eugene and Springfield, OR. The bridge is actually twin spans, the west span takes southbound traffic across the river, while the east span carries northbound traffic. Work continues on artwork and other finishing touches. It's a beautiful bridge.
Walking the Pre Trail
I had a nice walk on the Pre Trail this morning before the sun disappeared and clouds again covered the sky. You can see the dark clouds approaching in the west in this scene. The sun brought out the nice colors, which I thought looked good against that background. The Pre Trail is the main running path through Alton Baker Park.
Song of the Redwing Blackbird
This redwing blackbird was singing its heart out at Delta Ponds. Must be that time of year when they are wooing. Try this to hear the song of the redwing blackbird (I hope it works) - http://www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=25
This is one of two office buildings at Valley River Center that look like they are upside down.
Valley River Center is Eugene's major shopping center. According to Wikipedia -
"Valley River Center is a super-regional-class shopping mall located in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. It is the largest shopping center between Portland and San Francisco with over 130 local and national stores and restaurants. Located on the banks of the Willamette River, the mall is easily accessible by bike and walking paths. Also located near the mall is the Valley River Inn."