Saturday, January 4, 2014

Walking Around Salem - Part 3

Here is the last set of pictures from my Jan. 2 Salem walk-about.  I hope you enjoy them. There will be more coming soon. I was happy to see that some buds are starting to expand already, and some early blooming bulbs are already starting to emerge. Oh my. 

If you click on a picture, it will take you to full screen slide show.  


Friday, January 3, 2014

Walking around Salem - part 2

Here is "part 2" of the photos I took on my walk around the neighborhood yesterday. I've barely begun to discover the details around me, and with a new camera on the way, expect a lot more of this!  See the Jan. 2 post for Part 1.  

Part 3 tomorrow - 

Velvety Wisteria Seed Pods 


More tomorrow ! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Walking Around Salem, Part 1

Here we go, sliding headlong into 2014. It has been dry and somewhat mild for the last couple of weeks here in Salem, Oregon. Today it's in the mid-40's and overcast - good walking weather. I don't mean to sound unsympathetic to our neighbors to the east (and just about everyone in the country is east of us!) who are being blasted by serious winter storms, but I am so glad to be here, and not there. I grew up in Chicago and have lived through some brutal winters, so I do sympathize. It was a good place to be FROM. This nice dry weather is a mixed blessing, though, since it comes with a cost. 2013 was the driest year on record in Salem, (since records began to be kept in 1892) - 23.50 inches, compared to an average of 39.67 inches. The driest year to date, up until 2013, was 1985.   

So I've been out walking today, camera in hand, exploring. Our neighborhood is full of charming houses, little garden niches, and surprises. The next few posts I make will be mostly photos. There are too many for one post, so I'm spreading it out. 

So come on along, and join me on my walk around the neighborhood. 

(If you click on the first photo to bring it up, you can get a slide show of the pics at a larger size) , 


Cute House 

Heading over Mill Creek
Ducks on the creek today ! 

Finally got all my ducks in a row ! 

To Rake or Not to Rake -- 

Cute House !  

Corner post ? 

Yard Art