14 January 2013

A Year Ago: January 2012

The older I get, the faster time seems to go by.
It hasn't always been that way...
when I was a child time seemed to go much more slowly.
But now that I'm a grandma,
it seems like warm summer days were just yesterday
and that spring bulbs will be here before I know it
(although I am hoping for quite a few more snow events before then).
But let's go back in time...
back a year ago to January 2012 and some great memories.
First up-a trip to a historical dam I had been wanting to see for a long time,
a 'hidden' waterfall
some very peaceful mountainside and creekside views
(hum, I wonder what this area looks like in snow...)
January 2012 also brought us a visit from our oldest son...
who came bearing gifts--
edible and very, very yummy homemade gifts!
(He is a really good cook--love it when he shares his chef recipes with me)
A year later,
he no longer lives in the Pacific NW...
but he is still cooking --
 albeit under much sunnier, and generally, much warmer southern skies.
Along with some snow,
the PNW usually gets a bit of flooding--
some years being much worse than others.
Last January the Willamette Valley really got hit--
as the Willamette River swelled past its banks.
 This was taken in the Salem area--
it was just one of the flooded roads we encountered.
 We also saw a flooded ferry landing, orchards and farm fields.
Next up: winter's waterfowl.
Our normally abundant rainfall
(I say mostly because we've had subfreezing conditions for longer than usual this January)
temperate climate, brings a lot of waterfowl to the PNW
and some of the best places to observe them is at the many NWR's
(national wildlife refuges) to be found here.
Last January found a friend and I at Ankeny NWR--near Salem, Oregon.
It was my first visit there but not my last.
Now that I can change camera lenses,
I will be making more visits to our NWR's to get some zoom photos of
dusky Canadian geese, swans and the other waterfowl to be found there.
Visiting our NWR's and other wildlife preserves during the winter
somehow makes the seemingly endless rain and more subdued color palette a little more bearable:)
but definitely NOT least,
January 2012 saw some snowfall...
I am hoping for more in January 2013:)
What are your fav memories from January 2012?
Blessings, Aimee
House update:
we haven't made a lot of progress the last couple weeks but this coming weekend we start on the family room alcove. I am very, very excited:)
In the garden:
blooming camellias,
frozen and somewhat frozen ponds,
some very frozen kiwi that wasn't
snow and ice off and on. 


by Teresa said...

Fun photos.. hope you're keeping warm.. we are by the fire and it's snowed tiny flakes all day.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

aimee said...

Thank you. No fire here (sad sigh) but forced air heat and lots of blankets (happy smile). Weren't those little snowflakes fabulous? I loved watching them fall from the sky and float on the air currents! Aimee=snow lover:)
PS: You DO live in an amazing place!

Grayseasailor said...

You have blooming camellias already, Aimee? I just posted a photo of the buds on our bush, but it has been so cold the last few days I think we will have to wait awhile for them to bloom.
My mind is a blank trying to remember what happened last Jan. I will have to go check my blog and see if it jogs my memory : )

Linda W. said...

I remember lots of sunny January days on Mt. Hood last year. Not a lot of snow, but some beautiful bluebird days. :) Yes, I'm hoping for some snow too!

aimee said...

Yes, one of our camellias is blooming:) In fact, it's covered from top to bottom with flowers(albeit frosty ones at times-LOL).

Yours is probably a camellia japonica (spring blooming); our sasanqua blooms from before Thanksgiving and for several months thereafter. It is a pretty deep rose pink, We also have a japonica and I LOVE it too:)

Here's a couple of links for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camellia_sasanqua http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camellias (just copy and paste in your browser). I highly recommend both the sasanqua and japonica camellias!

To tell you the truth, I had forgotten all the trips we did last January too--it was kind of fun to see them!


aimee said...

Hi, Linda!
I almost went crazy this week when, on the news, they showed Mt Hood in all her winter beauty under a blue sky! Beautiful, beautiful!
I am hoping for a LOT more snow (but no avalanches)LOL:)

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