Posts from the “nature” Category


Posted on October 23, 2022

Got up early today to start my run at 5:30 am out at Mt. Pisgah. This is the Howard Buford Arboretum and I usually run one side, down the other and back to the top, which I did today. I got up before sun up on the first summit and then made it back for the image below. It was a beautiful morning – starting with hooting owls and yipping coyotes and then this:

Campus light

Posted on October 12, 2022

I’ve been exploring a new camera lately – a Panasonic GM-1. It’s a small one, micro-four thirds type which lends to being easy to carry and use. So I have been trying to do so. Below is a photo from this morning’s sunrise across campus. Side bar: our campus has one tree from every continent which is pretty cool. Qualified: Our campus has one tree from every continent that has trees. 🙂 And yes, there has been a reprieve from the wildfire smoke for now.  

~ Commuting uniform ~

Posted on October 10, 2022

Those who know me know that I bike to work each day. It’s short – a 2.65 mile ride door to door. As I posted a few days ago we have been hit with a lot of late summer wildfire smoke so I suited up in an N-95 for the daily ride. Sigh. It’s a bit much these days. We desperately need rain for a whole host of reasons and even knowing that the rains will arrive, these weeks of dry and heat and smoke take their toll . . . .

Wildfire smoke :-(

Posted on October 8, 2022

These snaps likely don’t capture it, but this year has, once again, had an end-of-summer and start-of-fall season full of wildfire smoke. There’s a fire east of us a bit near Waldo Lake, and when the air pressure systems set up just so, the winds from the east funnel the smoke into our valley. Granted, this valley goes from just south of Eugene up to Portland, but we often get the smoke from the wildfires. It gets old and is frustrating, and for a person who is from Seattle, I miss rain at this point. The forecast is for continued dryness all week, too. The hill in the distance is slightly obscured by the smoke:   The other hill slightly east of us: Normally,…