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Snow Is Nice

It was snowing when I woke up this morning. As I drank my coffee and ate breakfast, the snow came down in sheets and squalls. As soon as I felt like a human being, I grabbed the camera, bundled up, and headed out for a walk.

River benches.

The old train station.

The Peacock in snow.

17th Street.

The Column, and a gull.

92 and 17.

Gull prints.

As I was walking around the coast guard ship, one of the cadets disembarked in gym shorts and sneakers. I guessed he was going to the Aquatic Center across the street to work out. Other guys pelted him with snowballs from the ship. I hurried to get out of the line of fire.

It’s okay that I’m a tourist in my own town, right? It’s so damn pretty.


  1. I just wanted to complement your recent photography. I have noticed quite an improvement over the first years of The first image in this post is particularly compelling.

  2. I also want to thank my mom for getting me a warm winter coat, a hat and gloves, so I could stop pretending that layering sweatshirts and thin coats is warm enough in the winter.

  3. FlamingAtheist says

    I have some similar pictures from 1993, boat was the Resolute not the Alert (although we ‘exchanged’ the Res for the Alert in 1994), lots of fun including sledding down 17th street on a Mustang hood. Most all coasties are insane I think.

  4. One of my new year resolutions is to comment on the blogs that I read and love.

    We are east of you, in Richland, WA and keep hearing that the snow is on it’s way here. It is however in the upper 30s and sunny as can be, maybe tonight then.

    You should be a tourist in your town, it’s charming and beautiful!

    I really admire you and Dave and your decision to move to the coast. It’s great to read along with your journey. You’ve inspired me to take a good hard look at where I’m at in my life and take steps to move towards my own life adventures. Who knows, maybe I’ll even start a blog to write about it ;)

    Here’s to winter arriving!


    • Michelle, thanks for reading! The weather this week is supposed to be a string of storms, so you may see some snow yet.

      And yes, start a blog! I can’t recommend it enough. It costs less than therapy. ;-)

  5. Really beautiful pics Heather. Sounds like a really fun day too. Someday, when I pitch to Saveur Magazine and they accept, you should take the pictures.

  6. Aunty Laurie says

    Very BeauTiful!!! I LOVE the River benches and the gull prints, but all of them had something to say about you! You have a great eye, but that’s only expected from one as talented as you!!! BTW, it’s nice to see you still appreciate the snow, and don’t Scorn it like your parents!!!

  7. Heather, these are some great photos. My favorites are the first of the park benches and then the last of the houses between the water and the hill. 80 last week 30 this week. Portland misses you and Dave, our loss is Astoria s gain

  8. I sure miss the Oregon coast. Thanks for the pics.

  9. love the pics you do a great job just stumbled onto this website really interesting! Keep up the good work.

  10. Thanks for the pics! Your work is great:)
    I sure miss my home. I can’t wait to get back…

  11. Lovely capture. Sure I wish I was out and about at the coast.

  12. Loved the pictures! My husband was in the Coast Guard, in the 1970’s, on the ship that was docked at the pier next to the maritime museum. After he got out, we were caretakers of the column park for a couple of years.
    Thanks so much for sharing your artwork!!

  13. love these! gull prints for the win.

  14. I love these photos! I always miss the coast when I see some nice ones like these. Looks fun to be all bundled up down there! The bird footprints are great.

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