Today is the first day of spring, and the weather has definitely warmed up over the last few days. Birds are active, and we’re busy preparing the garden, clearing the irrigation ditches in the hay field, mowing, and general outdoor clean-up. It feels nice to be outside and not have to wear a jacket. The mountains nearby are still covered with snow (and we certainly could use more!), while in the valley everything is starting to bloom. Hopefully we’ll get some more rain soon, but in the meantime, the warmer weather is certainly enjoyable!
Nothing is better than a trip to the coast to clear one’s mind. We had just lost our beloved dog Taiko a few days earlier, and it was good to get away and reflect on things that had affected our lives recently. Trinidad, California is a wonderful area to visit.. both the harbor and beach are extraordinary in their beauty with amazing rock formations both on the beach and just offshore. The Trinidad Head Trail offers stunning views of the town, harbor, and coast, and is a relatively easy hike. So much to do here… and the weather turned out to be fantastic (especially for being in the middle of winter). All in all… it was the perfect trip to get away and reflect on the important things in life.
An update that actually took a bit of time… the Beautifulvista web site added the SSL certificate to make the site secure now. Before the web browsers would state this site was not secure, and even though there was no issue, it was kind of annoying to see this, and I’m sure first-time visitors would be reluctant to visit the site as a result. Now that has changed, and you should see the lock icon showing this site is now secure.
BTW…I’ve been a little under the weather the last few days, but am better now. Hope to get back outdoors again soon! In the meantime, here’s a photo taken a few weeks ago from above. This is looking west towards Medford (which is covered by fog). You can see the Rogue Valley Manor peek above the fog in the upper right side…. Arrowhead Ranch is below.
There were some beautiful clouds drifting overhead as the cold arctic air moved in… It seemed like a good time to get the drone up and take some photos. The air on the surface had a very slight breeze, so all seemed good. However about 150 feet up, I got a warning from the drone that it was encountering very strong winds. I’ve seen this warning before and nothing happened as a result, so I thought I’d take a few photos first, then come back. Within a minute, I was suddenly seeing the drone’s view of the horizon completely sideways as it was trying to stabilize to the sudden gusts of winds up there. Immediately action was taken to get it to lower elevation first, and then get it back to home safely. As soon as the drone landed, the turbulent winds that it encountered above, reached the ground, and they were indeed very strong. Lesson learned… pay attention to the warnings!
Now that the Scenic Photos (Top, 2019, and 2018) have been updated, some background updates are now in process. In addition, in going through the last six years of photos, I’m finding ones that I missed for the Top Scenic Photos… so that has been updated.
We’re in the midst of some very cold weather (for southern Oregon that is). This morning was 23 degrees F at dawn. The hummingbird feeders were frozen, so they were brought in, heated up in the microwave, and returned outside. The hummers were pretty cold, and would not spend time chasing each other off like they normally do… just feed and get some calories in to stay warm. Which reminds me of one photo that I had missed… this was taken a few years ago (in the summer) of one hummingbird getting interrupted by another.
There have been numerous request to show the “best of” photos for various regions over the last few years. So here it is… the top photos from the last six years. There are over 100 photos can be sorted though by filters to narrow in on what you’re interested in… and most are formatted for 4k (16:9 aspect ratio) that looks great on hi-res monitors and 4k TVs. Note that there are a lot of photos here, so depending on your internet connection speed, it may take a few minutes to load… but it’s worth it.
The Top Scenic Photos page is meant to be dynamic and will be updated (and expanded) on a continuous basis… new photos added and older ones removed. If you see something you like, please save it for your own personal use (non-commercial use only!). For commercial use, please contact me .
Most of all… enjoy!
The “Atmospheric River” continues to pound the Northwest, including southern Oregon. The good news is that we are catching up on the rainfall totals… still a little behind, but not nearly as bad as a month ago. If you count the rain season from July 1st to June 30th, we’re actually above normal… but it’s now counted as from October 1st to September 30th, which just misses the very wet September we had in 2019. Regardless, we can use all the rain we can get. It does hinder getting out for photography though, but periodically there’s brief breaks. I was able to get the drone out for one of these brief breaks and get some nice shots. The lighting was absolutely beautiful…
When the Slideshow stopped working for the Scenic Photos Galleries, I had to scramble to find an alternative. I ended up with the Modula plug-in as it can give some really terrific displays, and is very user friendly. The 2019 Scenic Photos was updated first (yesterday), and today the 2018 Scenic Photos was updated. There’s a lot to explore here… so please take a look, and enjoy!
After spending almost a week looking at various Photo Galleries as a way to display photos here at Beautifulvista, it was decided on two different programs. One (Modula) will be used for Scenic Photos as it does an incredible job showing high resolution photos both on PCs/Macs and mobile devices. The second (GMedia) does a great job of presenting an automated slideshow which is great for the “Family and Friends” section. The combination of the two programs will make for a much better experience with those who visit here.
Please note that only the 2019 Scenic Photo Gallery has been updated so far, not the other years yet. As for the Family and Friends Galleries… the 2018 and 2019 have been updated at this point, but nothing prior to that at this point. A lot of work to do… but it will be great in the long run.
Finally, thought it would be nice to post something fun… this time of the Canadian Geese in a synchronized flight…
The snowfall we had is now gone. We had some winds and warmer weather yesterday that melted the snow pretty fast… by afternoon it was gone. Below is a photo taken the day before with the snow still on the ground and the fog rolling in (in winter we get Tule Fog when the air is still). More storms are on the way, so it will be interesting to see if we have any more snow the next few days.