Contrasts!

It has been a bit of a week weather-wise!

During the heavy rains this last week we had an oak tree come down in front of the house. Luckily not doing any collateral damage.

But cutting it up into rounds and then splitting them ready for the wood tent took up most of yesterday (and Michael and Stanley many thanks for your help).

For today’s post I wanted to share two photographs with you. Two very different views of the world as seen from our property.

p1160860The first photograph above is of Bummer Creek that runs through our property. The view is upstream and the picture was taken last Sunday from our driveway bridge that crosses the creek. The flood waters were as high as we have ever seen them.

p1160867Please accept the slight fuzziness of the second photograph. But it is a shot of the full moon just as it appeared above the line of hills to the North-East. I dashed out to our deck and took the shot. Moments later the moon had been hidden by clouds. This was Thursday evening.

The picture doesn’t even get close to recording the magic of the dark night sky, stars shining so brightly, and the glorious full moon. Apparently a moon in orbit closer to planet Earth than is usual.

Nonetheless, the two photographs represent two very different and contrasting faces of our natural world.

You all have a very relaxing weekend.

15 thoughts on “Contrasts!

  1. That creek looked very familiar. We lived near several creeks in rural Gettysburg. That is how they looked after severe weather. The second picture was very beautiful. I hope everything stays connected for you.

    1. Yes, we hope so as well. 🙂

      At least it’s a relatively new bridge. For the original bridge was washed away in a flood just 5 days after we moved in in 2012. An interesting introduction to rural Oregon.

    1. Yes, I always recall from my deep-water sailing days that a cubic yard/metre give-or-take weighs a ton! Your instructions to stay safe and cozy will be followed to the letter! 😉

  2. Hope that raging creek never gets much higher. It would be tragic to have the bridge swept away with you on it. Or the bridge stays intact but the water will wash a vehicle right off the bridge. Please don’t take chances. My son lives very near a low water crossing and two separate incidents caused loss of life. People misjudge the power of water and drive onto the bridge and then are swept away.

    1. When we had the new bridge put in it was located well above the highest flood waters expected. In the photograph shown above the clearance between the underneath of the bridge beams and the water’s surface was at least 6 feet. However, your concern for our safety is a very loving gesture. Thank you so much.

    1. Thankfully, the waters recede almost as soon as the rain stops coming down. There’s another rain storm coming in late Tuesday but hopefully we will survive that as well! 😉

      1. I am pleased the water soon recedes.. Its raining here too Paul… its just past 10-30am in the morning here and I have got the lights on, its so dark as it is raining so hard.. 🙂
        I was going to paint but the light is so bad..
        Keep Well both of you 🙂

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