Every Wednesday my work takes me to a small rural community 97 miles from La Grande. I have been meaning to take some pictures to share with you for some time now, and today I finally remembered my camera! Here are some nice pictures of NE Oregon winter scenery for you to enjoy. I think you can click on them to enlarge them.
This was shot looking south from I-84 near the town of North Powder, Oregon, at about 7:30 a.m. The early morning sunlight is on the Elkhorn Range, home to Anthony Lakes Ski Area and a lot of good hiking trails.
This is a view of the Wallowa Mountains, looking north from about milepost 17 of Oregon State Highway 86. The Wallowas are in the center of the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, which has an area of over 500,000 acres.
Looking northwest, down into Pine Valley from Halfway Hill. At this time of year, there is usually a lot of fog in the valley in the morning. The mountains in the distance are the east end of the Wallowas as well as mountains in Hells Canyon country.
Hills with wisps of fog in beautiful Pine Valley just west of Halfway, Oregon.
Looking north on Main Street, Halfway, Oregon, population about 400. This is a very friendly town, and it is a nice place to work on Wednesdays. Halfway is so far away from anything that many people in NE Oregon call it "Halfway to Nowhere".
Looking north at the Wallowa Mountains from Cornucopia highway, just outside Halfway. I took this from inside my company's van, and the black spot in the sky is not a UFO, but rather a chip on the windshield.
Here is a picture of the school where I work each Wednesday. I am there from about 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. serving students with speech-language therapy needs. When I got there this morning the temperature was about 1o degrees F.
This is on the way back to La Grande, looking to the southwest down Halfway Hill along Oregon highway 86, toward the Eagle Valley and Richland, OR.
Wide open spaces along Oregon State Highway 86 near Keating, Oregon looking west. There are a LOT of wide open spaces in NE Oregon. Along this highway, I usually see another vehicle only every couple of minutes.
Looking north into the Grande Ronde Valley from Interstate 84 about five miles southeast of La Grande. The picturesque mountain is Mt. Emily, which was a landmark for pioneers who traveled along the Oregon Trail.
Here is an elk herd near Interstate 84. This is part of a group of about 75 elk that were roughly 100 yards from the road. This view is looking east in the Grande Ronde Valley, toward Mt. Fanny and the small towns of Cove and Union.
I will take more pictures in late May when the snow is gone and everything is nice and green! Cheers!