Thanks, Obama

I truly say this about a President who I may not always truly agree with on political ideas, but a President who also treated the people with respect and led the nation with integrity, values, respect, dignity, and professionalism.  President Barack Obama made America look good. For that I respect him and I will miss him, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Second Lady Jill Biden.

I say this with sincerity for the last time: thanks, Obama! Thank you all.

(Image: President Obama’s motorcade in Portland, Oregon, on May 8, 2015. Photo: Bryan Dorr)

More Snow Dumps

Another round of snow fell in Milwaukie on January 10, 2017. At the time I photographed downtown Milwaukie (Oregon), six inches of snow had already covered the ground around 11:00 p.m.  The snow started falling around 6:00 p.m.

Nothing like the Dark Horse Comics “Aliens vs. Predators” characters staying warm and cozy in shelter.

It is a bummer that Wine:30 had already closed for the night. Otherwise, what a fine night to enjoy a glass of fine Tempranillo out on the parklet.

Here Comes the Ice

The wintry weather returned to the Portland area Saturday. Overnight, a system moving in from the south started bringing light rain to the area. With the colder pockets of air and ground surfaces, the rain turned to ice.

S.E. 32nd Ave. in Milwaukie was a sheet of ice, mainly on where the bare pavement was exposed. Around 9:00 a.m., it seems the icy surface was in a transition. The ice weakened and felt a little slushy. Yet, anything with a rubber contact will not have much luck gripping.

Not until around 11:00 a.m. the temperature outside finally broke above the freezing threshold at 33°F (1°C).  The National Weather Service office in Portland has issued a Ice Storm Warning for the region for today, set to expire around 10:00 p.m. tonight. NWS forecast calls for rain on Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low 40s, then possibly straying back into winter conditions later this week.

I enjoy the snow, but the ice not so much. I rather keep the ice in my drinks or on the rink.

Sellwood Bridge New Year’s Day

The brand new Sellwood Bridge on a quiet New Year’s Day night.

The one thing that I have been extremely appreciative about is the new LED street lamps. These lamps truly pull out the colors as opposed to the former orange-hued sodium vapor lamps, which is havoc for white balance.