January 27th, 2009

frightful weather

Snow. Yes, Again!

I apologize to ALL my friends who deal with heaps of snow all winter long. I get that. I really do. But folks, we DON'T get snow here in Portland at the end of January. It's just not... right, somehow. (And if you love snow, no matter what, again, I apologize. But my love of snow is so over now...)

Another photo share! Again proof to myself that it's actually snowing out today!

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
The corner of the back yard -- our fountain
and pots of plants.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
The back yard, under the lilac bush.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Bird tracks in the snow. They're looking
for seed. (I put more out after taking
these photos.)

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
The rock garden in the back yard.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Close up of the rock garden. You can
see the blue rock June gave me just
peeking out of the snow!

January 27, 2009 - Camellia bush in snow in Portland
The side of the house -- our camellia bush.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Looking toward the front of the house.
(I love how 'artistic' this photo looks.)

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Looking up the street in front of our
house.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
The front of our house.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
A close up of the front of our house.
You can actually see the snow falling!

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Looking across the street out front.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
The houses across the street out front.

Believe it or not, I have a bunch more photos. These focus on the big tree near our garage. I personally find it fascinating how thick the tree is and how it protects you when you're under it. (The yard guys always dash there if it starts to rain while they're cutting the lawn... smile...) Anyway, the photos show how hard it is for the snow to get through the tree to the ground. I'll probably post these later on...

By the way, we're expecting FREEZING RAIN today, too. And I hate that with a passion -- far more than I could ever hate snow.

Happily, they say all of this won't last. I hope they're right!
snowing snowglobe, winter snowglobe

The Tree Near the Garage of Our House

In this morning's ENTRY, I mentioned the evergreen tree that's planted right beside our driveway, near the garage.

I don't know the variety, but it's a huge old monster of a tree that we love. It blocks the sun from our deck in the back, and helps shield the house, and drops it's weird pine cones into our gutters, and lays branches on the roof that have to be cut back to avoid moss. It can be a pain, but all in all it's a lovely thing. I can't begin to TELL how thick it is, but these pictures will certainly SHOW that!

Photo share!

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Here you can get an idea of how THICK it is!

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Looking from the porch. See how the area under the
tree (the driveway) has no snow at all? And the same
is true for the sidewalk near the tree.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
There's still snow on the lawn near the tree, but
it's far less than other places. And, again, the
driveway is clear!

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
You'd swear we'd cleared off the driveway and the
sidewalk -- not true!

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
In this close up, the snow is still falling and
shows up in the photo. It almost looks like rain,
but trust me, it was snow!

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Looking down our street. You can see how the
sidewalk appears clear under the tree.

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
This is shot from the alley looking toward the
house. Again it shows how clear things are under
the tree. It takes a lot of snow to actually get
through! (Maybe plus some wind and drifts... ???)

January 27, 2009 - snow in Portland
Looking up the alley by our house. You can see the
tree on the right side of the photo. It hangs way,
way out into the alley!

They were happily wrong about any freezing rain -- but were entirely RIGHT that actual rain would come in and scrub out the snow during the day. There are only a few traces of snow left now...

There were some horrible accidents this morning, though, with the snow coming right during the morning commute! Vehicles rolled upside down and so on. Watching the noon news I was just cringing, imagining Marilyn mistressmarilyn out there driving in that mess!

Anyway, she got to work just fine and had no problem by the time she came home tonight.