Picture Parade One Hundred and Seventy-Eight

Scenes of the last week!

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Brandy and Cleo enjoying things!

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Sexton Mountain is somewhere back there.
Sexton Mountain is somewhere back there.

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Ah! There it is!
Ah! There it is!

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Smaller creatures taking a break!
Smaller creatures taking a break!
Larger creatures taking a break!
Larger creatures taking a break!

See what the coming week has in store! (Oh, we live in Josephine County!)

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
151 PM PST SAT JAN 7 2017

...HEAVY RAIN WILL COMBINE WITH MELTING SNOW TO CAUSE POSSIBLE
LOCAL FLOODING LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY...

.ANOTHER FRONT MOVES INTO THE REGION LATE TONIGHT WITH MODERATE
TO HEAVY RAINFALL RATES. SNOW LEVELS WILL RISE WELL ABOVE THE
VALLEY FLOORS AND WILL COMBINE WITH SNOW MELT TO INCREASE RUN-OFF
THROUGH THE DAY SUNDAY AND INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.
...FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING...

THE FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR

* PORTIONS OF THE COOS AND CURRY COUNTY COASTS...EASTERN CURRY
  AND JOSEPHINE COUNTY IN OREGON...AND WESTERN SISKIYOU COUNTY IN
  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

* FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN...WITH HIGHEST AMOUNTS NEAR THE COAST AND
  LOWEST NEAR GRANTS PASS...ARE EXPECTED ON SUNDAY. THIS MODERATE
  TO HEAVY RAIN COMBINED WITH SNOW MELT MAY CAUSE URBAN AND SMALL
  STREAM FLOODING. CURRY AND JOSEPHINE COUNTIES ARE THE PRIMARY
  AREAS OF CONCERN...HOWEVER...PORTIONS OF WESTERN SISKIYOU COUNTY
  MAY SEE LOCALIZED FLOODING AS WELL.

* RECENT BROKEN BRANCHES AND OTHER DEBRIS FROM THE HEAVY SNOW
  COMBINED WITH ICE MAY CLOG STORM DRAINS AND CULVERTS IN THE
  WATCH AREA. HEAVY RAIN MAY ALSO CAUSE SLIDES OR DEBRIS FLOWS ON
  THE GAP WILDFIRE BURN SCAR NEAR HORSE CREEK...POSSIBLY REACHING
  HIGHWAY 96 BELOW THE BURN SCAR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

LANDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOWS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THIS FLOOD EVENT.
PEOPLE...STRUCTURES AND ROADS LOCATED BELOW STEEP SLOPES...IN
CANYONS AND NEAR THE MOUTHS OF CANYONS MAY BE A SERIOUS RISK FROM
RAPIDLY MOVING LANDSLIDES. A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A
POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

Well at least it isn’t boring!

23 thoughts on “Picture Parade One Hundred and Seventy-Eight

  1. The pictures are lovely. It looks the same way here minus the small and larger creatures. Nice to see the dogs were enjoying a jaunt in the white fluffy stuff. Sexton Mountain was gorgeous. When I lived in NM I enjoyed seeing the Sandia Mountains with snow on them everyday. The Pacific Northwest is definitely in my sights.

    1. Actually Sue, the story behind that small bird (Finch?) was that it flew into one of the windows of our living room that faces to the North. We thought it had broken a wing, or worse its neck, so I picked it up off the snow and cradling it in my warm hands walked around to the deck that runs the whole of the Eastern side of our property. (Mount Sexton is to the North-East of us and that picture was taken from our deck.)

      Jean asked me if it was going to live and I replied that I didn’t think so. It’s tiny heart was fluttering but getting fainter and fainter in terms of what my hands were recording. I placed it carefully next to the bags of chicken food that is on a table outside the kitchen under the cover of the overhanging roof. Then I took the picture you see in today’s post and got on with a number of outside tasks.

      Ten minutes later, when Jean was peering closely at the little bird, it suddenly stretched out both wings and flew off. Jean, in tears of happiness called out to me, and I came round and we hugged and cried in each others hair.

      The silly things that mean so much at times! πŸ™‚

  2. The snowy pics are just beautiful. And the dogs in the snow made my day.

    The bird is a junco and the next time you find one in that situation it is better to place it in a covered box (cover with anything that allows some air flow). Bring it inside for warmth and it will recoup from shock much better and faster. When a bird or animal has been injured it is suffering from shock symptoms. Warmth helps relieve shock faster than leaving it outdoors. This applies to birds and small mammals. Large animals are a different story and state game wardens can be called. Most game wardens are compassionate folks and will come to assess the situation and/or animal. They generally know the names of rehabbers or rehab wildlife facility. I’m not trying to be a know it all- this is just for general info since often people don’t know what to do when coming across an injured bird or animal.

    I’m so glad the little bird recovered and was able to fly away. They do seek out food where there is better protection from the wind and also from airborne predators. I’m sure of the immense relief that you and Jean felt when it flew away. I’ve been in those shoes myself. Sometimes it can take a day or so for a bird to recoup and of course it that happens you can always force feed a gruel (get recipe) from Internet (by using a small syringe or eye dropper).

    You and Jean be warm and careful and watch out for flooding and mud slides. It’s so dangerous where you live.

    1. That is such valuable advice and will be remembered.

      Regarding the weather actually where we live wouldn’t be classed as dangerous as we are not in an area where flooding and mud slides would affect us. The only potential hazard would be trees falling across the house and, fingers crossed, having them assessed a couple of times a year by a professional lumbar person should keep us in the clear.

      But, once again, thank you for your care for our situation.

      1. That is a relief to know that you are not where flooding or mud slides occur. And you are being very diligent about the trees around your home. Everyone should be as careful.

      2. I think around here most are careful. In fact it rubbed off on us when we moved here for we were rather naive in matters to do with the forests. The beautiful forests I should have said. Can’t believe this is our fourth Winter in Oregon.

  3. What a lot of snow you have had and now RAIN! Merciful heavens. I hope noting nasty happens – this is being the strangest winter here, is this weather unusual for you? snow then rain all within a week? c

    1. Yes, that is the view of those who have lived here for some time. Such as the man in his middle years who refueled our truck last Wednesday in Grants Pass, our nearest city some 12 miles away. He had come up from California in the 90’s and remarked that this was the worst snow he could remember since arriving here.

      All over the world the weather is behaving very strangely. More or less what the climate scientists have been predicting in terms of the changing climate. All the best to you, Cecilia.

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