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Oregon Snow Greets the First Day of Spring
Wednesday 21 March 2012   —   Category: Shooting

Question: What is the winter
       weather like in Oregon?
Answer: Cold, gray and wet!

Question: What is the spring
       weather like in Oregon?
Answer: Cold, gray and wet!

As we awoke this morning, the first day of spring, we were greeted with the most snow we've had all winter! Of course, here in the Willamette Valley, even just an inch or two of snow is a big deal. And besides, in a place like Oregon, where the rainy season can last up to nine months, the dividing line be­tween winter and spring is only a little footnote in a box on the calendar!

I took the first two photos from the window of my upstairs office at home first thing this morning. They’re one of the first tests of a new lens I’m trying out: a Sigma 10-​20​mm f/3.5 wide-angle lens. It’s too early to tell if I will be keeping it as a replacement for my existing Sony wide-angle lens. I’ll have more to say about this Sigma lens once I've put it through its paces — probably sometime during the summer. Also, the hoops I had to jump through even to get this lens is a whole nother story — watch for it in a future article!

The latest alert from the weather service reads:
A winter storm warning for heavy snow remains in effect until 11 PM this evening. A total of 7 to 10 inches through this evening ... with up to 15 inches above 700 feet.
Seeing that Albany is at only 210 feet above sea level, it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll get as much snow as they are predicting. But it isn’t over yet!

Late in the afternoon I took a little walk around the neigh­borhood, shuffling through the slushy snow. I took my recently acquired Canon S100 pocket camera with me, hoping to get some interesting shots with the rare Albany snow. I especially wanted to try some macro shots of snow on branches. A bit of heavy, wet snow was still falling, so I was glad I had this camera to take out into the elements, rather than my nicer and much more expensive Sony cam­era kit. If my Canon got a bit wet, that was OK.

The macro shots didn’t turn out that great, but I was please with this photo of snow clinging to budding branches. I also liked this bright yellow fire hydrant, standing sentinel in the snow at the end of our block.

I guess that’s the way it goes with photography — you have to go out and shoot every opportunity you get. Even if there’s only one or two decent shots in the batch, or even if there are none. One thing’s for sure: if you don’t go out and shoot, you definitely won’t get any!

It’s been snowing pretty much all day since the wee hours of the morning. The weather service says it will continue snowing until the wee hours of tomorrow morning. All of that new snow will be yet another opportunity to take some more photos. Shoot, baby, shoot!
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