Ashland, Oregon is about 300 miles south of Portland, Oregon – at the south end of the Oregon part of the US Interstate 5 highway. It’s a nice area, full of liberal attitudes, a couple colleges, and a well known Shakespeare Festival. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland,_Oregon)
The southern part of the state is really quite magnificent. The mountains in the area are gorgeous. Interstate 5 winds through mountain passes on one’s way north or south, to or from Ashland.
I spent a few weeks in December in the Ashland and Talent areas. (Talent is directly north of Ashland.)
My photographs of this area are not the greatest and do not do justice to the natural beauty of the area. But they should give you some idea.
It doesn’t snow very often in this part of the country, but I got caught in a humdinger of a storm – about 5 inches. That may not sound like a lot to some of you, but in this area, it is quite substantial. The area closed down for about 5 days – and then the roads were still not great. Ashland schools were closed for at least a week. (One of the reasons for the disruption is that it snows so infrequently that there are few plows, if any. People just stay at home until the snow melts, which it usually does quickly.)
This was taken while standing on the back porch during the storm.
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