We’re enjoying a snowday from home today. Snow on the beach is such a rarity on the Oregon Coast and I got to kinda see it once…at midnight…from a distance…lit by my camera flash…see here: Snow on Tillicum Beach
Today I’m enjoying it from up the Alsea River.
We had plans for going to Newport to volunteer at the Family History Center and then do our weekly grocery shopping. But caution prevails today.
Some don’t mind travelling on snow days but the duck route isn’t any different than any other day on the river.
Most of the snow fell before the tide started going out this morning.
Salmonberries first gathered weeds from the high river last month and now snow.
At first I thought this was a mallard hen. But I’ve never seen a mallard dive underwater and swim. This one dove several times in the tidewater of the Alsea River. Watch the video and tell me if you think this is a mallard. A still photo of her is below the link to the video.
It really is useless to keep the solar lights out over the winter in Oregon. Or maybe it’s just that we live in a valley where the sun rises in the south and sets in the south and there are mountains to our south!? I know the days are getting longer when the solar lights come out of their winter hiding place and line up to soak up the sun. Only the darkness will reveal which ones are worth keeping.
I love how the sun can spotlight a tree!
We are really lacking rain here in the northwest though. It makes me worry about what summer will be like. Hopefully we’ll get enough spring rain to fill up the aquifers.
The steelhead and smolts are in the river and therefore the ducks are plentiful. We even saw an eagle take a swipe at some ducks.
And more hummers are coming to the feeder.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead an hour to take full advantage of the vitamin D opportunities! Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning – don’t be late for church!