Tuesday, November 07, 2006

It's raining, gold

Yes, it's raining AND it's raining gold! We're in the midst of a Pineapple Express, a weather pattern that brings mild temperatures, LOTS of rain, and often wind to the Northwest. So the bright gold of the maples, cherry and peach trees, and even the vineyards is coming down with the rain. Pretty much all the counties in Western Oregon are under flood watches or warnings. We never have flooding problems because we live on a hill, but as you can see, our little outdoor arena is sand soup. (That's why those who can, build covered arenas, and those who can't, haul to one – like I did today!)

A lot of folks complain about our gray, rainy winters. Me, I always marvel at the fact that about the time the skies turn gray, the trees light up. (I've also noticed that photos of fall colors turn turn out much better when taken on overcast days.) Here's one of my little Japanese maples:
the peach orchard down the hill:and a vineyard nearby:

Coming soon: a post about Oreo, our miracle cat!

That's it for now at . . .

4 comments:

Nancy K. said...

How incredibly beautiful!!!

Kathy L. said...

Thanks for all the wonderful photos, Michelle! (And for the great one you sent me!) ;-)
I wish I could have a Japanese Maple here, but I live in a cold area south of Flagstaff where we get more moisture but also are colder. I'm trying to find a variety that can take the sub-zero days of winter that are normally here in Dec.
It sure is beautiful where you are! Hmmm....maybe we should look there for retirement.....

sheperdchik said...

Wow, what a beautiful place to live. I am here in Iowa (some folks claim we are the "armpit of America"). We have some pretty hills around our place, but you really have it made for scenery!! Thanks for the pictures. My sheep eat up my fall leaves as fast as they come down.

Tammy said...

Hey, I'm dying to hear Oreo's story!!! :-)
Tammy