Here in the high desert of SE Oregon, until you get to some pretty high elevations, you don’t find native trees…hence where the name “the sage brush sea” comes from (we are at 4200 feet). Early day homesteaders planted a lot of the Chinese elm such as the ones that are in our yard that the owls live in.We are thankful for those trees during the hot summer days.
Occasionally you’ll find a Juniper struggling to survive…such as the single, tiny tree on Hat Butte in my photo. Interestingly enough though, the Juniper is not a native plant and is considered a weed by many. When soil conditions are right, they will take over…sucking up 30 gallons of water a day…wiping out the native grasses for wildlife and cattle grazing.
Oh so dreary today…nothing I pointed my lens at was very pretty or unique…but my lil’ Cindy Sue, in her ragged winter barn coat at the front gate into the yard, is a lil’ splash of color on a rainy day! Of course my lovely Hat Butte is in the background…always a fav.
There were many churches throughout Harney County back in the early days, and I can’t think of one that is still standing. There are numerous newly built churches in the towns, but I didn’t want to drive that far.
So, my interpretation of the concept of the day is that we are blessed to live in God’s county and worship Him every day.
Bright blue sky, fluffy clouds, green alfalfa, the neighbor’s horses and my favorite…Hat Butte. The wind finally died down after blowing for three days…just a nice lil’ breeze. Everything isfinally turning green!
Spring Equinox…I don’t expect too much for this event in our area. The grass in the yard is just now starting to look a little bit green…coming out of its brown state from winter. Anything really “green” is still a ways away.
But we were supposed to have some much needed rain of which we only got a short dampening with hail, strong winds, and a bit of thunder. The skies were in turmoil most of the day.
Our alfalfa field, still in dormancy, leads up to a sun-highlighted Hat Butte with Beaver Table in the background trying to hide in the dark shadows of the grey sky.
The soon to be full moon rising over Hat Butte…two more days and it will be a Full Snow Moon…named because most of the snow comes in February…well, it depends on Mother Nature. Also named the Full Hunger Moon by tribes when hunting was difficult and food was hard to find.