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Embracing the Delights of the Season in OR

By Kim Charles

Sunrise through bare Pin Oak branches.

Erla Richards embraces the seasonal changes in Oregon.

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"We have had more than 18 inches of rain since the first of October here in Independence, Oregon.  But, I love this time of year.  To be able to sit in the warmth of my home, watch football with a blanket and cat on my lap, and look out the window and see the silhouetted branches, the birds that depend on us for sustenance, the changing winter sky . . . all the gifts God bestows to us . . . I am blessed."


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Stunning beauty of the hungry Stella Jays that grace us with their presence.

Full moon through winter bare oaks.

Fog drops on spider web.

Yuletide Camellia that dares to bloom this time of year.

Old walnut tree against a winter sky.

Rare clear blue sky though Ash branches.

Partridge in a pear tree? No, robins in Ash waiting for spring.

Weathering the cold at the suet feeder.

A visitor strolling by bare thicket at sunset.

Foggy silhouettes.

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  1. theresepowers 01/09/2017

    So beautiful! The fog, the wildlife, just gorgeous.

  2. user-7007498 01/09/2017

    Erla, what beautiful pictures you have decided to share with us. The Steller's Jays are really cool. I have never seen them before as they are a west coast bird. Love the coyote. My favorite picture is the one with the fog. So peaceful and reflective. Thanks.

  3. user-7007960 01/09/2017

    Dear Eria, Your photos are outstanding! You have captured the moment, the mood and esoteric beauty of Nature! The Beauty that has been bestowed upon you. Thank you for helping us to see the simplicity that is magnanimous in our gardens. You are blessed and see it........

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    HelloFromMD 01/09/2017

    Great photos. You live in a wonderful location for nature. I am amazed at all your birds. We won't see robins here in MD for a long time.

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    meander_michaele 01/09/2017

    Lovely photos, lovely sentiments, lovely attitude. Winter is a time for the gardener's body to take a rest and his/her mind to expand with dreams, memories and appreciation. Thanks, Eria, for giving us an opportunity to share your world.

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    treasuresmom 01/09/2017

    You have a real eye for what makes a good photo - great compositions and shots.

  7. user-4691082 01/09/2017

    Wow, Erla! What is the bird at the suet feeder? I've never seen a Stella jay before! We have just plain old blue jays, and they're mean! Thanks for the beautiful photography and reminding us that we are all blessed!

  8. katieerb 01/09/2017

    I love the photos, it is good to see that there is beauty to be found in bare branches and foggy landscapes. Thank you for sharing.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/09/2017

    You truly have embraced the seasons! I adore those stellar jays. I remember seeing them out west and marveling at their plumage. I wonder if they make the same noisy racket and are as agressive as our blue jays? I love them, just the same.
    That is such a beautiful, simple Camellia. Excellent.

  10. annek 01/09/2017

    Your photos put me in a dreamy, pensive mood. So beautiful

  11. NCYarden 01/09/2017

    Gorgeous winter photos, Erla. Glad you too see the beauty that even winter affords. Those Stellar jays are just...well...stellar! Don't see those here. Now I'm fired up to stroll my ridiculously frozen garden this morning.

    1. user-7007498 01/09/2017

      David, definitely not fun to walk in the frozen garden, but I saw 60 degrees predicted for Thursday ?

      I just placed my first order from Song Sparrow last night. Starting to get excited about Spring. I know I am crazy.

      1. NCYarden 01/09/2017

        Plant orders...that is exciting!!
        Yeah we'll have Spring-like temps here by the weekend...crazy.

  12. Cenepk10 01/09/2017

    I appreciate you seeing & sharing beauty at this icky time of year. God has certainly bleesed you with the rain.... 18" ? Wish we had 2-3 of that !!!!

  13. sheila_schultz 01/09/2017

    As I was scrolling through these photos I could actually feel my heart rate slow down. The natural world through your eyes is a truly peaceful and beautiful place. Thank you Erla.

  14. edithdouglas 01/09/2017

    Love the bare bones time of year shots. Thanks.

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    gringopeligroso 01/09/2017

    Ms. Richards!!!
    EIGHTEEN inches????!! Mercy! Count yer blessings!!
    And, if possible, send some our way??!!! ;-)

    Your views are so timely and mood setting as we too try to slow our pace just enough to look beyond our borders and beds, and to notice the visitors many of us invite and enjoy with our diggings and creations! (Isn't there a shower scheduled one of these evenings originating from a galaxy far, far away?)
    Like others, I've been going through the photo-records of past endeavours and striving to "objectively" assess the pros and cons of our outcomes. But, walking about the gardens while, the beds and branches, not me... is an excellent opportunity to place our imaginative powers into frameworks of reality. And, the colours of the Jays, woodpeckers, finches, chicadee-dee-dees, and red birds are excellent and animated colours and chimes in their own rights!
    Even now, tho, the days are becoming incrementally longer and the seed catalouges beckon with their siren's colours and promises! Can we hit the "seasonal snooze button" just one more time??
    You live and garden in a beautiful corner of the woods! Perhaps we'll see more from you in the coming season? Hope so!! jrr

  16. schatzi 01/09/2017

    You have an artist's eye - beautiful photos. Love the moon shot, the birds and coyote and camellia. and fog drops on spider web. Did I miss anything? Oh yes, the branches too.

  17. foxglove12 01/09/2017

    All great photos. Love the foggy silhouettes and water droplets! Thanks for sharing.

  18. erla 01/10/2017

    Thank you all for the lovely posts. They are the best part of sharing photos. Sorry about the typo. They are Stellar's Jays and no, they aren't as ornery as the Scrub Jays. They must sit in the trees and watch, for as soon as my husband spreads the wild bird seed, they are down for their morning rations. I had assumed the bird at the suet feeder was a Flicker, but on checking my bird book, I believe he is an Acorn Woodpecker.

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