|The park is still snow-covered|
As I've mentioned in previous posts, the Portland metro area doesn't have a large fleet of snowplows, nor does it use salt to clear the streets. So the deep snowpack sat on the roads and was quickly compacted into icy ruts. After two perilous ski trips to the mountain, I'd had my fill of navigating the slippery freeways through town. By day five, which coincidentally happened to be MLK day, I was ready for this snowfall to be gone. Although a holiday off from work, I opted to stay home.
It didn't take long for cabin fever to set in. (One can only do so much reading and web-surfing after all!) Desperate for an outdoor fix, I grabbed microspikes and camera and headed into the neighborhood.
|Reflections a tiny patch of open water|
Although tracked up by numerous visitors, the local park was still quite lovely wearing it's winter white. An adjacent water-filled drainage ditch also looked better with a coat of snow on the banks. I even captured a few reflections in it's ice-rimmed waters.
I continued down the slippery main road (so glad for my microspikes!) to our local recreation center. This place not only has dozens of sports fields, it also boasts a lovely little natural area on the outskirts.
|Brown seed pods|
I discovered some unusual-shaped circular snow patterns on the surface of this icy pond.
|Interesting snow patterns on icy pond|
This snow-covered creeklet draining the pond was also especially lovely.
I had fun trying to capture some of the natural beauty created by snow and ice.
|Snowy circle patterns|
Even some of the fence posts were sporting a dollop of snow.
Wandering by the ball fields, I spotted this snowman on home plate!
|Snowman on home plate!|
And tried to capture the sparkle of snow crystals on this field.
|Shadows on the snow|
Back at home, I noticed several small birds visiting our feeder for lunch.
The following morning, a setting moon bathed our backyard in lovely light. Late for work or not, I couldn't resist capturing a few images of the scene.
|Early morning moon|
A full week later, warming temps and abundant rainfall finally washed our snowmageddon away. Although it was fun while it lasted, I'd much rather keep the snow up in the mountains where it belongs.