Sunrise at feeding time this morning…wispy clouds, fog, blue sky, not a puff of wind…and 10 degrees. This is the beginning of another beautiful winter day in the high desert! Taken with my little Nikon CoolPix.
Oh, yes…this is the same hill as yesterday’s photo 😉
I chose a sunrise…At -15 F, my sunrise shoot didn’t last long…and I got impatient (besides my fingers getting frozen) for the sun to do something spectacular. I gave it up with this final shot facing north…the sun is just hitting the top of Windy Point.
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.