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.
Looking southwest towards Phoenix (obscured by the fog) and the Siskiyou Mountains.
Lots going on between the snow, the storms, the wildlife interactions, and everything else (a lot of photos to sort through!). The above photo was taken this morning while walking my dog Ilo (the puppy you’ve seen in previous posts). Fortunately, Ilo was not tugging at the leash at the time the above photo was taken. Our neighbors across the road have a large field that the Canadian Geese absolutely love to use in the wintertime… sometimes there will be hundreds and hundreds of these beautiful birds in the field at once. It’s an amazing sight.
Snow in the Rogue Valley (looking in-between Ashland and Medford… Roxy Ann Peak is in the background).
Well… this ended up being somewhat of a surprise as we were expecting just a dusting of snow today. Instead we got about 3-4 inches of snow on the ground, which is a descent amount for this area. The snow makes everything seem so very different… and so very beautiful at the same time. The photo above is taken with the Mavic Mini drone flying just under the 400 foot altitude limit required. The view is looking directly north towards Roxy Ann Peak.
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.