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Eugene,Oregon welcomes spring

Updated on February 20, 2013

The promise of Spring

The promise of Spring
The promise of Spring | Source

Oregon Spring delayed by heavy cold rain

This Sunday afternoon, I headed out the front door with good dog Otis. We were hot on the heals of the reported arrival of Spring, It had rained for several days, with intermittent breaks of sunshine; gloomy to be sure.

Actually, it had rained relentlessly for several months, and I was absolutely done with it!

The previous summer and fall had been unseasonably cool; resulting in a thick blanket of moss and mold covering anything unable to move into the Sun.

The roof and walkways of Orb House, as well as my aging truck and Volvo, had a nice green tinged coating of primordial ooze.

After receiving twice the normal March rain fall, as well as last week’s heavy wet snow, I was a bit concerned as to springs arrival. Judging by the near freezing rain hitting the skylight over my bedroom, warming weather had not yet arrived to Western Oregon.

Looking around the grounds, I noticed that other than a few hardy potted plants; blooming on the deck, we had yet to see any visual signs of a favorable season change.

With camera in hand we headed out for a bit of a walk. The day before, it had rained so hard that driving was dangerous. You couldn't see a darn thing. At one time, no less than 1.5 inches of rain fell in less than an hour. Flood warnings were posted for our area of Lane County, as warming rain melted the snow pack into flood waters.

Oregon Orb House is located on a hill at approximately 900’, so the concern of ground flood waters is minimal. The possibility of our home sliding off the hill? We don’t go there…

I was pleased to discover while taking our two mile walk that some appletree blooms, as well as cherry blossoms; were viewed. Iris spears; daffodils, and oak blossoms were also photographed. All encouraging signs of the coming of warmer weather.

Hopefully,barring any major episodes of hail, severe wind, or heavy snow, the area should experience a fantastic bloom as we enter the month of April.

The glory of Spring,

Sign of life emerges from winter snow
Sign of life emerges from winter snow | Source
Spared by the snow plow
Spared by the snow plow | Source
Winter Refugees
Winter Refugees | Source
First signs of Spring. Snowed the week before.
First signs of Spring. Snowed the week before. | Source
Easter splendor.
Easter splendor. | Source


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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you Ruby. It's always a pleasure...

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      You do live in beautiful state, I love traveling around Oregon. I've been taking pictures of spring also around my place. Very nice hub and voted up! Love all the beautiful flowers and colors you photographed.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you Seeker7

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a great hub. The photographs are lovely! I notice your weather has been pretty poor recently? We've had weird weather recently - a heatwave in Scotland in March? This lasted about 5 days before the snow and rain came back with a vengence!

      Really enjoyed your hub and the photos - a more normal and beautiful spring! Voted up!

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Welcome suzettenaples. Yes, for a Southern California Beach kid, Winters are tough in Oregon. But I must say, when the Sun shines...Oregon's beauty is second to none. I'll break out and share the beach photos soon.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Lovely photos. It does look like spring has sprung in Eugene, Oregon. But a month of rain everyday? I'd loose it if I lived in a place where it rained that much. I'm staying in Florida - the sunshine state.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thanks Violet Sun. No complaints... Just dragggggging on a bit longer than the norm.

      Take care.

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Beautiful photos! And yes, it rains a lot in Oregon, and the past two summers were rather cool. I enjoy the weather here though, beats the East Coast weather of high humidity and freezing temps. Enjoyed your hub, spring is here! :)

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Great Hub Parks. Excellent photos.

      The Frog

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      January Moon 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      I just love spring, wonderful hub :-)

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      Claire 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos, spring is such a refreshing time of year.