We have a new guest photographer today! Mel sent in this image of a hummingbird on a windsock in nearby Sublimity, after seeing this photo of another hummingbird by Denny Barnes. Mel’s description:
I also have three hummingbirds that stay around all the time. The last several nights I bring in my two feeders at night and put them back up in the morning. They are waiting for me. Sunday morning the metal swing they use must have been too cold, so one of them sat on the wind sock and spun around on it when a breeze came up. The wind sock must be a warmer perch?
Everybody’s just trying to stay warm somehow. Thanks, Mel!
Guest photographer Denny Barnes caught one of his hummingbird friends out in the snow. His description:
We got 2 1/2″ of snow. I still have three hummers that will probably be with me all winter. With all this cold weather I have to bring the feeders in every night otherwise they freeze. The hummers are waiting for me every morning at daylight to put the feeders back up. This one never gets very far from the feeder. Not the greatest shot, shooting through a not so clean window but you get the picture.
Oregon did its impression of Alaska yesterday and was blanketed in snow. The above photo is of Fern Ridge Rd., looking east. Highway 22 bisects the image (behind the stop sign), but it’s not visible beyond that little line. The field to the left of that car on the hill is part of Etzel Farm. It’s something of an optical illusion, in that where I was standing was flat and that’s a fairly steel hill in the distance, but it almost looks like it could be the other way around.
That vehicle on the hill stayed there for several minutes. I don’t know if they made it down, as I had to go home. It was too darned cold out there to stay out for long.
The temperature will stay about the same today (below freezing), so the snow isn’t going to go anywhere. That means I won’t be going out on my scooter to the car show/fireman’s breakfast at the fire department, the craft bazaar at the middle school, or the tree lighting on 3rd Ave. this evening — provided they are all still happening, that is. I know the car show and breakfast are still on (at least as of last night’s post on their Facebook page. The Star Cinema’s Facebook page says (again, as of last night) that their almost free movie is still on. And StaytonEvents.com says the craft bazaar is still a go.
If you go to any of those events and want to share pictures here, that would be awesome! My little scooter just wasn’t made for snow. Please see the Contribute a Photo page for how to submit your image(s). Snow pictures would be great, too, so please feel free to send those on over, too. Thank you!
Stay safe out there.
Guest photographer John Brandt caught this cool (and cold) scene in Wilderness Park recently. His description:
Taken at the pond on the east end of Wilderness Park. The pond is an old gravel extraction barrow pit. I was told it had been operated by one of the Staytons. I think his name was Cliff but that could be wrong.
The things you learn, eh? Thanks, John!
Guest photographer Tom Miller took today’s lovely image of Gilkey Bridge, also known as Thomas Creek Bridge, which span Thomas Creek near Scio. It was built in 1939, and looks quite a bit like the Jordan Bridge here in Stayton. Very pretty. Thanks, Tom!
I managed to go out for a few minutes yesterday to take a few photos, including the one above. I was wandering around the neighborhood across from Bi-Mart on Shaff Rd., and noticed this pond-like bit of water in the middle of some construction. I don’t know if that water is temporary due to the construction or something else, since there are new houses being put in on either side of it, I think. If you look closely (click on the image to see it larger), those are cows in front of that white structure just past the water. Moo.
I thought this house on Mountain Dr. looked rather pretty a few nights ago, so here’s a picture of this house on Mountain Dr. looking rather pretty.
A call for guest photographers!
This week’s weather is supposed to be pretty bad, which means I likely will be unable to go out and take pictures. So if anyone has any photos of the Stayton area they would like to share, I would love you forever. Please see the Contribute a Photo page for details. If you have any trouble with the form, please email the photo and other details to me at celinechamberlingmailcom. Thank you!
The Gardner House Cafe on 3rd Ave. was looking pretty and festive a couple of nights ago. It’s hard to believe it’s already time for Christmas lights. Anyone want to come over to my house and put my decorations out?
Guest photographer Melissa caught this lovely moonrise over a pond on Cascade Highway recently. Her description:
I took this photo somewhere close to a month ago now after coming home from work. The sun was setting as the moon was rising and it was just stunning. I hurried home and managed to stop at the Park and Ride to try to capture a few shots before the sun had completely set. The scenery had changed very much in that short amount of time but it was still beautiful out. As I was looking out over the water I noticed a family of nutria waking up and enjoying their moonlight “morning” swim. You can see one had been swimming through the reflection of the moon in the water.