The “snow” week, 26-31 Dec 2021

Looking out the front door, 28 Dec 2021. Minolta SR-T 101, MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4, Fuji Superia 400.

It’s winter, and we saw a bit of snow here in Portland. It really wasn’t much of anything, especially in comparison to the goodly amounts that happened to the north–Seattle and Vancouver really got socked. Basically the precipitation wasn’t that much and it was too warm. We’d see some snow fall overnight, anywhere from a dusting to two inches. By mid-afternoon the snow would be pretty much melted. And repeat.

I’m not complaining too much. After the unwelcome late season snow and ice in February, I wasn’t looking forward to a repeat. But as someone who was born and raised in a snowier clime, I don’t mind seeing a little bit each year. And the week between Christmas and New Years is a perfect time for it. Come the end of January I’m looking forward to spring.

The first snow arrived very early in the morning on Boxing Day, Sunday December 26. When I woke up there was at least an inch on the ground and some on the streets. But the sun came out and by 1 PM it was a memory. I took a ride on the Raleigh Superbe and headed to Mount Tabor. Here in Portland the difference of a couple hundred feet in elevation can mean the difference between snow or no. And the top of Tabor at 650 ft/200 m is about four hundred feet higher than where I live. There was still a bit of snow on the top, but not much. It was still pretty. Camera: Olympus Pen EES-2. Film: Kodak TMAX 400.

What little snow remained by afternoon. Mount Tabor, 26 Dec 2021

Then repeat. There was another light snowfall overnight and I woke up Monday to more snow. This one lingered a bit more, though not to the pavement. I took a walk. I again took out the Pen EES-2 loaded with TMAX 400. The Studebakers and palm tree looked pretty in the snow.

A snowy Chinese Windmill Palm. NE Vera St, 27 Dec 2021

Tuesday morning: Awoke to another fresh snow, then it mostly melted again, but it was cold enough for some stuff to remain.

On Wednesday right before sunset I pulled out the Minolta SR-T 101 loaded with Fuji Superia 400 and took a walk. Not much left.

A li

And that was pretty much it. The temperatures hovered in the 30s to low 40s and there was also a bit of rain. Some small patches of snow lingered by New Years Day. Then it warmed up and got wetter. Will we see another snow this winter? Stay tuned…

Snow around the house, 28 Dec 2021
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