First Snow

Returning from Montreal we went from unseasonably high temperatures in Canada (mid-80’s) to unseasonably low in Oregon (upper 40’s). It was overcast the first few days back but when the skies cleared there was a new blanket of snow over the mountains.

It has since warmed up a bit and much of the snow has melted, but it is just a glimpse of what we have ahead of us.

Maralee

 

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

… and nose, and lungs, We’ve had an unprecedented summer of wild fires and smoke. We had a thick blanket of smoke hovering over us for several days this week. This photo was taken from  my office one morning. It let up for a couple of days but it’s back today. The temperatures are supposed to be in the triple digits for the next few days which means more fire danger. I’ll be glad when cooler weather and some moisture arrive.

Maralee

Smokey skies
Smokey skies

 

 

Smokey Sunset #2

Last night I went back to the canal armed with my Nikon to take photos of the sun setting in the band of smoke. It didn’t disappoint. The sun was a red ball setting behind the smoke. The fire has grown in size and people’s homes are in danger. The smoke is blanketing the city making it hard to breath outdoors. Getting my daily walk is out of the question so I’m relegated to the treadmill at the gym. Hopefully the fire will be contained soon and the smoke will clear.

Maralee

Red Sun
Red Sun
Sun setting behind smoke bank
Sun setting behind smoke bank

Sun setting behind smoke bank

Smokey Sunset

The smoke from the wildfires has returned – with a vengeance. I went out for a short walk around sunset last night and there was ash falling out of the sky. The sun was setting and there was a band at the base of the smoke where the sun was a big red ball. You can sort of see it between the trees in the first photo. In the second photo, the sun is blown out, but in actuality, it was a big red ball. I only had my phone with me so this was the best I could do. I sure hope the smoke dissipates soon – it’s hard to breath outdoors.

Maralee

Smokey Sunset over the mountains
Smokey Sunset

Smokey Sunset