Spencer sunrise Jan 11

WIth very unstable air that turned cold to warm to cold and back to warm, I headed out to Spencer Butte, Fox Hollow trailhead for a good 15+mile ramble and importantly timed to catch the sunrise at the top. Driving … Read More

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After the snow & a deluge

While last week was filled with snow (and then some sun), this past week was a deluge raining 0.5″ daily for several days keeping everyone but the bravest acting like the children waiting for Thing 1 and Thing 2. I … Read More

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Looking out and up – Holiday Snow 21

After three days of snow and walking around each morning through the neighborhood and especially the golf course, there were two views from the camera – UP toward the sky, and OUT toward the trees. All were beautiful for sure … Read More

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Solstice sunrise ’21

After several days of ‘Cat-in-the-Hat’ rain, a break for the solstice was just what the doctor ordered. Starting at the Ridgeline Tr Fox Hollow TH at first light with one of the Cascade Raptor Center‘s kestrels (Kirby or Parker) singing … Read More

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First fall ’21 ice on Spencer Butte

It was cold this morning; around 30 degrees. Water everywhere the day before froze … and even maybe a bit of snow. Driving to the hill was a challenge, and I relied on all the branches and leaves in the … Read More

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Two foggy hikes & a woodpecker

For the last two weeks, only 1 hike per week was possible given other commitments and the weather. Both hikes were local Spencer Butte / Ridgeline variations of 12 and 16 miles in the fog and mist. During first of … Read More

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Wished I thought of this …

A great post in Outside this week about PCT thru hikers and their trash … A necessary read for any backpacker, imho https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/hiking-and-backpacking/trash-thru-hiking-waste/ I will be working on a plan for my 2022 hiking season for both measuring and reducing … Read More

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Sister’s birthday sunrise

My sister’s birthday today so after telling her happy birthday and staying within a tight carbon burn constraint (<30 minutes total driving to / from), a different twist to Spencer Butte / Ridgeline was the order of the day. The … Read More

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Fav hummingbird pics added

A new camera page was added this morning …. ~20 pics of hummingbirds. Some of my favorites that clearly show different birds and kinds of hummingbirds Enjoy … https://www.goatbells.blog/camera/hummingbird-fav-pics/

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First summer blooms

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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

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