Along the Willamette

March can be spectacular in Willamette Valley – the subtle shifting from winter to spring is underway. The animals – especially the birds – are acting “spring”, pairing up, strutting around, singing loudly atop the tallest trees around … over … Read More

Spring poking out

Spring flowers, male jay’s strutting and blustering, and pairing geese and herons … only in OR (these were taken in February)

Icy Silver Falls

The weather was near perfect – very cold around 22-25 degrees – the sun was going to shine, and the day before the cascade foothills were dusted with snow. A lower elevation hike was the answer, so off to Silver … Read More

Between times

This was going to be a hike, but situations arose that made it a fast up to top for pics and then down and home. Not a hike in my world, but the photos from the time between – right … Read More

Carbon karma flexibility

I really wanted to hike Mary’s Peak this week before the mud really pauses ‘fun’ hiking, but after taking a 100 mile road-trip the past weekend to spend time w/ dear friends, my carbon karma allowance was over-drawn. Close-in hiking … Read More

Dmitri’s call to stone stairs

Another Spencer ramble started early in the morning before light, but until half-way to the trailhead I was not sure if sunrise would be worth pushing for or not. The clouds were breaking up – a sunrise might work – … Read More

Sunrise deja-vu 4x

Another cold clear day was expected, so why not head up the hill again? Started a few minutes later than Tuesday and only needed headlamp for 5-10 minutes. The fog was crystallizing into ice in the sub freezing temperatures and … Read More

Sunrise 1-25

Another one of those cold days with fog on the valley floor, and the opportunity to hike up the hill to catch the sunrise. The hike went on Ridgeline from Blanton to Spring with 2 ups between. The first 15 … Read More

Rainy Ridgeline Tr e2e 2up

I was going hiking come rain or not; it rained about 1/3 of the time, misted 1/3 of the time, and was foggy the balance. Obviously, the NIkon stayed home, so all pics are iPhone SE2 camera. The hike started … Read More

Another Spencer sunrise

Breaks in the weather are not to be taken lightly in an Oregon winter. Another day with a possible clear sunrise, and my hiking boots were ready! I set off a bit earlier than the other hike this week. Today’s … Read More


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Oakridge: Aubrey Mountain Loop

The original plan for Tuesday 6-28 was to take the Eugene to Crest Trail from just east of Oakridge (Aubrey Mnt TH) as far east as possible and then turn around to be back at the TH by 2:30. Everything … Read More

First summer blooms

The first week of summer after a month of heavy rains in OR – totally opposite of the recent years’ early fires. I looked up history June rainfall for our end of Willamette Valley (Averages and June 22 month to … Read More

Spencer Butte: Solstice 2022

For a second year, Summer Solstice sunrise around Spence Butte was the start of summer. Last year’s pics were more remarkable given the unstable skies. This year, after several days of rain, the forest was booming big and green, the … Read More