Jogging the Pre Trail on a Frosty Morning.
Pre's Trail runs through Alton Baker Park to Springfield and is a popular jogging path for many runners. It is also used by many others who enjoy walking the path, often with friends or with their dogs at their side. The trail was originally suggested by former Oregon track star and Olympian, Steve Fontaine. Occasionally, one can spot wildlife in the stream or ponds that are found along the trail.
These two cormorants were sunbathing on a log in Kirk Pond. I believe they are double crested cormorants based on the information below. The one on the right would be a juvenile, having a paler neck and breast.
'Ole Buttermilk Sky!'
Likely, not too many recognize this song sung many years ago by Hoagy Carmichael. (See link below) It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1947. Me? I was 11 at the time. I think my photo for today is a 'buttermilk sky' (also called a 'mackerel sky).
(Wikipedia) - "A mackerel sky is a common term for clouds made up of rows of cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds displaying an undulating, rippling pattern similar in appearance to fish scales; this is caused by high altitude atmospheric waves."
"It is sometimes known as a buttermilk sky, particularly when in the early cirrocumulus stage, in reference to the clouds' "curdled" appearance."
Sun Rays in the Forest
"Aug 27, 2018 The best times to capture sun rays is when the trees have leaves, or in a pine forest in the winter. There needs to be something that scatters the sunlight (in a sky you can only see sun rays if they are scattered by clouds). You can only see the sunbeams in one direction, more or less towards the sun."
Cutting A Rug!
Well, the rug survived undamaged! 🤪 But Carol and I always had great fun dancing together. I like this photo because I had hair. 👨 The photo was taken at our first daughter's wedding in 1984. Those were the days!
Something To Brighten Your Day!
We had some nice sunshine today, but it is only 4:00 PM and we are losing it already. It gets pretty dark now at 5 PM. So just maybe this will add a little brightness and color. I forgot the name of the flower. I am bad about that, you could tell me now and I would still forget it. No matter, it is a thing of beauty.
Cape Arago Lighthouse
This lighthouse along the Southern Oregon Coast is located near Charleston and about 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay. It was first built in 1866. Then in 1908 damaged in some bad weather by waves. The present lighthouse had a unique Turnique foghorn added in 1934 . At the time of our visit, no public road goes to it, so only views like this one and at a few other spots are possible. In 2008, it was acquired by the Confederated Tribes.
Ears On Alert
The deer, who spend a lot of time here during spring, summer and fall, are pretty much gone now. I suppose a big reason is the end of the apples falling from our trees. Where they go now I am not sure, will have to check into that. While they were here, we got to watch them as young ones grew from little ones like this wonderful fawn into full grown does or bucks in one season. This little one in the woods next door was a joy to behold.
An Oregon Sunset!
This photograph was made on a trip along Hwy. 38 to the Oregon Coast. We were coming home and I saw this scene in the rear view mirror, so had to stop along the highway to record the scene. I thought it was an awesome sky.
Angie and Sarah in the Woods
I remember when Carol and I helped Angie get Sarah. It seems so long ago! Sarah is gone now, but was such a fine horse, and a real beauty! I liked this picture of them taken when Carol and I were out with them for a ride.
Gotta Stay Focused
In many things we do in life, we need to stay focused. In some cases, distractions make it difficult. In all cases, practice makes perfect, well almost perfect anyway. This is so true in photography. Getting a sharp picture of a bird in flight is not an easy task, more difficult with some cameras than others. My Nikon Z 6 is not near as easy for that as my D500, so I took the Z 6. Seagulls make excellent subjects for BIF photos. They are difficult to stay with as they swoop and swerve. I was pleased with this shot.
Quiz For The Day
This old photo of the 4th grade class at Lowell Elementary contains someone you may know. Can you find him? Hint - he has changed a little. 😃