After it felt like spring was almost here, the Portland area is now in a cold spell. We got our one obligatory “snowstorm” (i.e. about 1″) of the year, and it got down to about 20 degrees F last night. Above is my black walnut tree with a dusting of snow on it. Yes- even this amount of snow is a big deal here and TV news crews are dispatched everywhere to report on the paltry snow amounts.
A columbine with ice- the sun came out and you can see by the water drops that it was beginning to thaw.
A dwarf blue spruce with some snow, also beginning to melt.
And, for some reason, birds were everywhere. More photos later, but this Dark-eyed Junco was on my neighbor’s roof.
The only birds that were missing were the Great Blue Herons at the rookery I’ve been posting about. They have been there around the clock lately, many in pairs standing on nests. Today, they were gone- I assume they found some shelter to keep warm.