|Three Sisters at sunrise|
The house my daughter and her boyfriend are renting has killer views of the Cascade peaks. One morning, my hubby and I happened to be awake in time to watch sunrise turn the snow-capped Three Sisters mountains pink.
|View towards Smith Rock State Park|
There's also a wonderful view of the snowy peaks near Smith Rock State Park from her front door.
My brother's house has a stand of gorgeous aspen trees in his front yard. The day we arrived, bright sunlight was illuminating their frozen branches.
|Blue sky and aspens|
There's nothing that says winter like snowy white aspens against the blue sky!
My sister-in-law loves to decorate for the holidays. She hung a bunch of colorful ornaments on a nearby tree, and recent snowfall left them all with snowy, white hats.
What great photo subjects, don't you think?
|Great holiday decor!|
I especially liked this large blue and gold striped ornament.
I had a bit of cabin fever, so decided to grab my camera and take a walk through my brother's snowy neighborhood. A harsh winter thus far, there was about three feet of snow piled up on the ground. But it sure made for some great flocking on this nearby bush.
It even made these dry, brown weeds look lovely. Snow crystals seemed to glitter in the bright sunlight.
|The locals having lunch|
In my brother's neighborhood, one thing that's not in short supply is the wildlife. Large numbers of hungry deer prowl front yards in search of food.
|The deer make themselves at home|
And they're not very afraid of humans. Or their cars.
|Bright red berries|
I loved these snow-covered red berries in someone's yard. Very festive!
|More snowy berries|
Although not as vivid, I thought these berries were pretty too.
|My brother's front yard had lots of snow!|
I like this view of my brother's front yard, surrounded by tall, white aspens (and plenty of snow!)
Later that afternoon, it was wildlife watching at it's finest, as a herd of deer ambled through the front yard. They were right outside my brother's bedroom window - I didn't even have to leave the house!
|Raiding the bird feeder|
The deer were attracted to some spilled grain from a bird feeder.
|Doe and fawn|
My favorite was a fluffy little fawn, following his mother.
|The fluffy little fawn was adorable!|
Although the winter months can be tough on wildlife, these deer looked well fed. Between raiding bird feeders and soft-hearted people leaving out food, they seemed to be doing just fine.
Although I'm not in favor of feeding wildlife, it was fun to watch these beautiful creatures from the comfort of a warm house.