Winter in the Grande Ronde Valley

We have experienced a deep and long winter here in our Grande Ronde Valley–wind and snow have closed many roads, snow is piled deep, both from blowing and from drifting. However, when the wind stops and the sun comes out, there is nothing more beautiful than the snow covered fields, trees, and mountains. It is the epitome of beauty.

Grande Ronde Valley
Grande Ronde Valley
Winter barn Union County
Winter barn Union County
winter barn Mt Emily Oregon
winter barn Mt Emily Oregon
Mt Emily Union County
Mt Emily Union County
winter countryside Union County
winter countryside Union County
Winter barn Union County
Winter barn Union County
winter farming Union County
winter farming Union County
Grande Ronde Valley
Grande Ronde Valley
winter simplicity Grande Ronde Valley
winter simplicity Grande Ronde Valley

 

Snowy woods snowshoe

A short ten minute drive from home takes one to the Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA).  Mt Emily creates an iconic profile as it rises above La Grande.  The MERA offers excellent recreation opportunities year around.  In fact, if you go to the previous post, you will see Meg on a billboard in which she is hiking in spring in this Mt Emily Recreation Area.

Mt Emily Recreation Area
Mt Emily Recreation Area
MERA
MERA
Mt Emily Union County
Mt Emily Union County
snow shapes
snow shapes

pileated woodpecker work

snowy light, MERA
snowy light, MERA
Mt Emily Recreation Area, snowy light
Mt Emily Recreation Area, snowy light

Wintry Walks

Despite cold weather and lots of snow in Union County, I have found a number of great winter walks within twenty minutes of home.  The air is so fresh, my spirit is vibrant, the walks are stimulating to body and soul.  And, my iPhone is such an easy tool for excellent pictures 🙂

 

Grande Ronde River Oregon
Grande Ronde River Oregon

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Mt Emily Grande Ronde Valley
Mt Emily Grande Ronde Valley
Teasel
Teasel
Winterbarn Union County
Winter barn Union County
Winter Union County Oregon
Winter Union County Oregon
winter horses Union County Oregon
winter horses Union County Oregon

Christ’s Love can never be dimmed or destroyed

Despite societal fears and frustrations, we know Christ’s light can never be dimmed or destroyed. Let us move into the new year with courage and compassion, reflecting that light within us, and seeing it in our brothers and sisters as well. We are shepherds to others, not slaves to politicians.

“Surely this is not the time for trembling knees and pale faces among the sons and daughters of new creation.  The darker the night, the brighter faith shines and the sooner comes the morning.  Look up and lift up your heads; our redemption draws near.” AW Tozer
Anthony Lake Oregon
Anthony Lake Oregon

“Come, Lord Jesus, and be born in me…”

“Come, Lord Jesus, and be born in me, live in me, grow in me, until my life is transformed by your life and I seek to know only your love and make your love known. “

Evelyn Underhill
Because of God’s tender mercy,
    the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    and to guide us to the path of peace.
Song of Zechariah, Luke 1: 78, 79
La Grande Presbyterian Church
La Grande Presbyterian Church

“Come to us, Holy and Infinite God. Expand our small hearts…”

During these busy times of “doing” Christmas, may we all find moments to simply breathe and be the infinite Love that came to earth so many generations ago, yet still is present and moving in us today.

“Come to us, Holy and Infinite God. Expand our small hearts to make room for your unlimited love and reign in all human hearts as the Prince of Peace.” Evelyn Underhill.

 

Morgan Lake
Morgan Lake

 

Silent night

Anthony Lake
Anthony Lake
Anthony Lake Gunsight
Anthony Lake Gunsight
Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Cap Wilderness

 

“Advent creates new men and women.”

Anthony Lake Union County
Anthony Lake Union County

Look up, you whose eyes are fixed on this earth, you who are captivated by the events and changes on the surface of this earth. Look up, you who have turned away from heaven to this ground because you had become disillusioned. Look up, you whose eyes are laden with tears, you who mourn the loss of all the earth has snatched away.

The battle is not lost, the victory is yours—take courage, be strong. There is no room here for shaking your heads and doubting, because Christ is coming.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

 

Photos by Eric Valentine