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Alien Landscape

I know for those of you who live in traditionally wintry places, Portlanders’ fascination with our ARCTIC BLAST 08 is amusing … but truly, this kind of weather doesn’t happen here often. Some winters we don’t get any snow at all, and even when we do most of our snow melts within a day or two.

A week ago today, when we got our first ARCTIC BLAST (1), we rushed out to enjoy sledding and tromping through snow.

Yesterday’s ARCTIC BLAST (2) poured down a foot of dry snow, which was frosted overnight with a layer of ice. So walking sounds like this: crack-punch … crack-punch … crack-punch.

I took my dogs out for a brief walk. (They didn’t really like the crack-punching effect.)

Did we let this stop us?

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Heck no!






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So fantastical.



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Seedheads.


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Bird bath, post-ARCTIC BLAST (2).


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Ferns in spring.


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Ferns in winter. I love how sprawly they look!


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Butterfly bush in summer.


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Butterfly bush in winter.


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Blueberries in summer.


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Blueberries in winter.



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Anemone in winter.





I couldn’t find a photo of my gooseneck loosestrife in summer on my computer, so I got this off the Internet to give you an idea how they look.


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Gooseneck in winter.



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Stalwart flowers.


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Me, in temperature-controlled room, re-touched and de-freckled by Photoshop.


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Makeup-less me in winter.

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anywherebeyond
Dec. 21st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Dude, what a great post! :D No wonder the dogs balked. And yet, you are totally cuter fresh in the snow. :D
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, the dogs were bewildered. They looked more frog-like than dog-like, hopping through the chunky snow.
jessicaburkhart
Dec. 21st, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I have snow fascination, too! :)
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Love the handsome horse in your icon!
beedeecee
Dec. 21st, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
ok, so snow is pretty. and those pictures look like they should be a holiday card.

but chicago's (typical) arctic blast is still ruining this season for me. sigh.
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
I don't think I could cope with this every year. How do you do it?
beedeecee
Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
this is my second winter in chicago after living in LA for 6 years. i ask myself the same thing every day. :)
kporterbooks
Dec. 21st, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! All of them!
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Thanks!
lisa_schroeder
Dec. 21st, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Yay - freckles!!!

We just got back from an hour long crunch punch walk. Sam crunched and punched so much (with feet and fists and everything in between) I thought he'd turned into the Hulk. I'll post pics later. The funniest thing? Stormy didn't crunch, she just walked on top of the ice!!
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Little Stormy.
jennifer_d_g
Dec. 21st, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
You are a really good photographer!

And I like your freckles!
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks.

I'm an average-but-enthusiastic photographer!
jbknowles
Dec. 21st, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I <3 you.

:-)
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
No, I <3 you.
sarahcross
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I love your freckles. :)

Where are the snow-covered dog pictures??? *yearns*
lkmadigan
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
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The snow is so dry it doesn't really stick to them.

But here's the squirrelly one.
sarahcross
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
SO CUTE!!!!!

Thank you! I love this picture. ♥
christina_dg
Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great pics. Down here in Florida, pictures from our friends up north is as close as we get to snow.
robinellen
Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
I love the winter pix, especially the one of you :) (I like your freckles).
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