Rogue Valley (between Ashland and Medford)
We had probably one of the briefest breaks in the weather this morning that I can remember. It started off with overnight freezing fog (our front gate was frozen shut). When the fog finally cleared over our house, I was able to get this quick flight in with the Mavic Mini… and within five minutes heavy winds arrived and had to return. Interesting that the drone encountered the winds first at 200 feet elevation about 2-3 minutes before it was felt at the surface. Now we have a full scale storm coming in. No snow yet…
BTW… I am experimenting with a new slideshow format. You can see it in the “Family and Friends” section for 2018 and 2019 years. Hopefully this will work out. If successful, I’ll carry it over to the Scenic Photos soon.
While the fixes go on for the slideshow section of this web site, there are still opportunities for photographs, such as the sunset last night. We have been getting a series of storms here in southern Oregon, that makes it difficult to get out. A brief break yesterday allows for some time outside, and the sunset last night created some nice alpine glow on Wagner Butte just south of us.
This next week may be more interesting as snow is predicted all the way to the valley floor. We’ll try to share some photos of that when it happens.
We’re experiencing some problems with the gallery plug-in at the moment… not sure what’s going on yet. You can still view the images one at a time, but not in slideshow mode for some reason. I’ve been somewhat unhappy with the current plugin, so I may use this opportunity to switch to something better. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. Thanks for your patience.
You may (hopefully) see the Medford weather forecast added to the sidebar. Thought it would be fun to have something in addition to photos… it’s also useful too. You can click on the weather information, and it will take you to an external site that has more detailed weather information for Medford.
Also, in the fun category, we had a little visitor the other day sitting on our fence. It’s a Kestrel Hawk, the smallest true falcon in North America. He was actually quite the charmer, bobbing his head up and down as he moved around on the fence.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! May it bring you only good things in life!
There’s some work going on in the background here. Most notably two new scenic (landscape / nature) photo galleries have been added, one for 2019, and am working to backfill some missing years (2018 is also up now). Hope you enjoy them!
Looking at our neighborhood from 100 feet up…
After an attempt to get going on updating this web site, I got sidelined again with certain life events that have kept me busy for some time. Being somewhat restricted in where I can go currently due to our dear Taiko (our Black Lab) who’s health is deteriorating, I have not been able to travel for the last few months. So being somewhat restricted in movements away from the home, I decided to try something new that I can do from home. I purchased a Mavic Mini drone, and am experimenting (and learning!) how to fly it… I have never flown a drone before, so it’s been quite a learning experience.
The photos and video from this little guy are stunning. The videos especially are amazing as they are fluid and smooth as can be… it’s incredible how far technology has come.
With the winter weather, it’s hit and miss (no drone pun intended) as to when I can fly… rain and heavy winds keep me grounded… but there are breaks in the weather that let me go and explore. I’ve contacted most of my neighbors to let them know when I’m flying (having received permission).
It’s so interesting to see things from a third dimension… the layout of the land makes more sense now, and it’s also gives perspective as to how we all interrelate with our homes, farms and orchards. I’m looking forward to doing more exploration with this in different locations… when I can start to break away again.
Looking west from Marigold Lane in Medford, Oregon.
We’ve been lucky (so far) this summer with the smoke and wildfires. With the exception of one week at the end of July, it was a pretty clear and wonderful summer… especially compared to the last two summers we had. Some thunderstorm systems rolled through a few times, but fortunately they did not cause any major fires (many thanks to the wonderful firefighters we have here!). After the last set of thunderstorms came through, we were treated to a spectacular sunset… thought I’d share this with you.
As you may have noticed, I have been off-line for a while. There were a lot of changes in our lives starting in March, and things have kept us pretty busy since then. As the season starts to transition to Fall, we’re hoping things will lighten up a bit to where I can start working on this site with more free time available.
An unusual (for southern Oregon) August sunset rainbow…
I do have a backlog of photographs that I hope to get up here soon.
Snow Geese in the thousands near Willows
If you have the chance to visit the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge near Willows, California… now is the time to do it! It’s a great spot for wildlife photography and birding in general. The peak season is from December to February… though March can still be good. More information can be found here (link to Sacramento Wildlife Refuge)… and a map guide to the many wildlife refuges in the Sacramento valley can be found here (pdf map). All in all, it’s hard to go wrong here. Sometimes there can be literally millions of birds in the air at once… an amazing sight to behold.
Living in Southern Oregon, we typically don’t get a white Christmas (perhaps someday!), but we are getting a nice series of winter storms that are sorely needed for water next year. The winter weather does help set the mood for the holidays. The above photo was taken at sunrise (looking west) as a storm was arriving from the coast. The winds were playing games with the fog (it would blow in and then retreat just as quickly), so one minute you couldn’t see more than a hundred feet, and the next you could see miles. It made for a challenging time to take photos.
Whether you’re traveling this season, or staying home… our sincere wishes to all of you for a most Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Please be safe over the holidays, have fun, and we look forward to posting more photos and stories in the new year!