Thursday, December 09, 2010

In praise of winter

Some people can't handle the rain, but I'll take the Willamette Valley over any other place I've ever lived or heard about - even in the winter. It doesn't rain all the time, and the moisture and moderate temperatures turn our grass fluorescent green:
(Photo taken Sunday outside the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, where Brian and I attended a craft fair.)

The rain even keeps our deciduous trees green in the winter:
(You KNOW it's wet when moss and ferns grow on trees!)

And at the risk of drawing long-distance ire from those of you just beginning to be buried alive under a winter's accumulation of snow:
Yes, those are daffodil shoots pushing up from the ground!

Ducking and running, at . . .

11 comments:

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

oh how i MISS sweet Oregon...

Summer said...

Absolutely lovely!!

Tiggeriffic said...

That green looks like Ireland. We went to Ireland for the World Plowing Matches and I just couldn't believe how emerald green everything was. The hydranga's were huge ~ bigger than my head and just not blue, or lavender.but dark blue and purple.. It was quite remarkable. I really loved going to Ireland it was so beautiful.
If those daffodils were here they would be nipped with freezing snow and temperatures..
ta ta for now from Iowa..

melanie said...

Ducking and running is a good idea, sis. It's barely 15 degrees here, and that's the middle of the afternoon. Only shuffling through a paltry 3 inches, though...

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I've always loved Oregon and Washington, my favorite place in either (in my experience) is Winatchee, WA, sounds like its a lot like Willamette.

Michelle said...

Sorry, Sis! But hey, it got you to comment ;-)

Becky, Wenatchee is a lot drier than here, and I think they get more snow. It is on the "dry side" of the mountains.

Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Hi Michelle... found your blog off of one of the other blogs I read. Have to try to remember which one... Amity is a not terribly far away from lil' old Gold Beach, Oregon and our weather is all Oregon rain just like yours, except we get more wind and you probably get more snow. Enjoying reading about your farm... Thanks!

Mom L said...

I camped in Orgeon years ago - I loved it!!! What a stunning photo at the top of your post.

Nancy in Iowa

Garrett808 said...

Its not even two weeks in to December and you have DAFFODILS coming up?! We don't get ours to come up until the end of May. Our Calendar for winter should start October 1st and end April 1st. As thankful as I am to live here and have what I have I sure do feel the need to maybe get a retirement home in your neck of the woods :)

Karen said...

Michelle,

I can't believe you have daffodils in December! We just got dumped with 5 feet of snow over the last 5 days. I think the daffs are under there somewhere!

Karen

Potosi Sheep Farm said...

My daughter and I would move lock stock and flock to OR in a heartbeat if it weren't for a husband who loves his farm on the East coast.