Lightning Strike…

We had several thunderstorms roll through yesterday, which produced over 200 lightning strikes in our county and nearby areas.  Needless to say, it was quite a show!  I captured one nearby strike on video and noticed something unusual.. As you may know, lightning has two paths (from sky to earth and then back up to the sky), but this strike had a third path.  I have never heard of this.  To show what happened, I slowed the video down to 1/10 original speed… everything you see here happened in less than a second.  See what you think…

A Beautiful Spring Evening…

A very Happy Easter to everyone!  We’re enjoying pleasant Spring weather here in Southern Oregon.  The Orchards are in bloom and the grass is an incredible green color… all makes for excellent opportunity to take photographs.  The evening light on this Easter Sunday was particularly beautiful, so I got the drone out for some photos of the nearby orchards.

Orchards just south of Marigold Lane (taken above Fern Valley Road)

Orchards in Bloom…

Pear Orchard off of Payne Rd.

One of my favorite sights locally is when the Orchards bloom… Typically it’s the first or second week in April as it is now.  The photo above was taken this morning at sunrise.  The orchards in bloom are an incredible sight to behold, but it doesn’t last long… a week at most before the green leafs start to fill in, and the blossoms disappear.

Trinidad…

One of the most beautiful places on the California coast is Trinidad in the far northwestern section of California (just a short drive from the Oregon border).  It offers both wild rugged coastline, and protected harbor (as shown in this photo)… all within a short walk.  It’s a truly remarkable place to visit. This photo was taken at the local dock on a pleasant warm mid-February day… no jacket or sweater required.

Lost Photo #3

Taken in late January… a flock of Canadian Geese flying above the fog towards us.  The mountain behind them had quite a bit of snow at the time, and almost looks like a wave coming in.

We’re getting a break in the weather after today, so hopefully some new photo opportunities are coming.

Lost Photo #2…

As promised… here’s a second photo that I had missed from the Panasonic camera… This is of Wagner Butte which is just south of Talent, Oregon.  The peak is 7,255 feet in elevation  so snow is not unusual up here.  This photo was taken at sunset in mid-March as a storm was clearing.

Lost Photos…

I actually use two cameras (three if you count the drone).  One is an older camera, a Panasonic FZ1000, which is actually a great “bridge” camera (they call it bridge as it straddles between an entry level consumer camera and a pro-camera).  It doesn’t get used a lot, and the other day I realized I had shot some photos with it over the last few months, but had not downloaded them.  That was a mistake… there were some nice photos in there that are worth sharing on this web site, which I’ll do over the next few days.  Here’s the first one… a shot taken looking at a neighbor’s ranch near sunset from our home.  As you can see, the trees are starting to bloom now. 

We are expecting the Pear Orchards nearby to start blooming in the next week or two (and that’s really a beautiful sight!).  Hopefully if we’re not in a total lockdown by then, I can share some with you too.