Category Archives: Union County Oregon

Spring in the Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA)

The Mt Emily Recreation Area is less than a fifteen minute drive from where we live.  When the Boise Cascade timber company decided to sell its land for home development on Mt Emily, a group of dedicated and far sighted people raised funds for Union County to  purchase this land.  The MERA provides trails for hiking, mountain biking, off road  motor cycles and 4 wheelers and horses. These multiple users cooperate to make maintenance and trail development happen.

 

Meg and I have enjoyed hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing here.  This spring has been particularly intense for us. We have hiked here several times a week, watching the first round of wild flowers appear, peak, and slowly fade until next year.  Our minds and memories have enjoyed wrapping around this nuanced and delicate beauty.

 

“If I could stop time and contemplate the true beauty of a given moment, my eyes would widen and my jaw would drop. (Wait, I can do that! That’s why I photograph!) ” Dewitt Jones

Glacier lilies Mt Emily Recreation Area
Glacier lilies Mt Emily Recreation Area, Union County OR
glacier lily MERA
glacier lily MERA
grass widow and buttercup
grass widow and buttercup
Grass widows MERA
Grass widows MERA
Spring Mt Emily Recreation Area
Spring Mt Emily Recreation Area
Meg hiking in the Mt Emily Recreation Area MERA
Meg hiking in the Mt Emily Recreation Area MERA, Union County OR
Meg photographing glacier lilies in the MERA
Meg photographing glacier lilies in the MERA, Union County OR

 

Glacier lilies
Glacier lilies
Spring beauty
Spring beauty
Yellow bell, MERA
Yellow bell, MERA
Yellow bell
Yellow bell

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