Posted: Dec 31, 2012 11:56 PM PST
Updated: Sep 01, 2016 02:12 AM PDT
Early-morning fowl hunting, floating the Crooked River
A beautiful sunset Sunday, Dec. 30 at Prineville Reservoir
John Hart calls this Smith Rock photo taken Dec. 27 'Magical Moment; and said it 'was just that, as sun came out and backlit trees frozen with freezing fog this morning and they took on a magical look for the few minutes until the ice melts'
Jay and Debbie Harris say it's a winter wonderland around their Prineville house.
The mountains glow beyond the Old Mill smokestacks in this beautiful view of a winter sunrise
Bentley on Christmas, taken by his mom, Lindsay
Leslie Burckard's view of the sunset on Dec. 27 in Paulina, looking north up Sugar Creek Draw
Bend's Emma Young asked her Grandpa to help her build a snowman, and found items in the yard to be useful.
A winter day in Prineville has beauty to behold
Was there any better place to be over the holiday week than checking out the snowy slopes of Mt. Bachelor?
Jeanne Berry says they spent Wednesday Dec. 26 watching an elk herd -- they counted 43 -- hang out on the No. 6 fairway of Broken Top, as they enjoyed the winter sunshine
Another big snowman in Redmond towers over Pamela Heere's niece, Madison -- it was "a beauty" on Monday but was "listing a bit" by Christmas Day
Suttle Lake, frozen over as winter sets in
Scott Redd, who loves to photograph birds and other wildlife, says this Bend scrub jay is 'wondering when it will melt!!!'
Ron Householder shot this picturesque snowy scene of a pump house at Crescent Lake on Christmas Eve, between snowstorms
Annette and Frank Starkey say, 'Too much time on our hands resulted in this diving hat snowman'
Many Christmas Eve travelers over the Santiam Pass owe a debt of gratitude with those who used axes and chains to remove tree that fell across the road -- 'an amazing team effort,' says Jalyn Turcott
A beautiful view while snowshoeing at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park.
Raimie Hedman shared photo of 'two favorite people: Mariah Wilson (human) and Olive Wilson (canine)'
Crooked River Ranch resident Charlie Cameron had to head outside to enjoy the 'summer weather' on Sunday, Dec. 23
Chad Spitz, 7, and his dogs, Koda and Rowdy, were enjoying Central Oregon's great winter wonderland in Redmond on Sunday Dec. 23
Elaina, 3; Liam, 4; and Tucker, 3, got to play Sunday night in the igloo that daddy built -- 'even when it's dark early, the fun keeps going' says Megan Hammack
These are not just any ol' Christmas lights -- Bend resident Phyllis Mageau says she was in the hospital a year ago with a very rare blood disease; neighbor Paul promised he'd hang a light this year for every platelet -- and there are 80,000 lights now. 'What wonderful neighbors I have!' she says
Krista Rowland took a long walk in the snow Sunday in Sunriver, taking some photos along the way
Boomer Starkey of Madras is READY for the Christmas snow! So says Boomer's "Mom," Susan Starkey
After Sunday's snowfall, the fog moved into Redmond
Visiting 7-year-old grandson helps grampa shovel driveway at Eagle Crest on Sunday Dec. 23
Kristina Van Hook says her husband and younger daughter made this snowman Sunday while waiting for their older daughter to finish Nordic ski practice
Marv and Louise Kaplan saw a winter wonderland in their front yard at Eagle Crest
Sunday's snow in the trees within sight of Bend's Old Mill smokestacks
'Kids got a joy! Finally snow!' says Madras resident Lupita Toribio of Evelette Serrano, 3, and Alexa Serrano, 2.
This 'snow cat' is cast-iron lawn ornament with green marble eyes, as seen Sunday Dec. 22 in Diana Sammis's front yard -- 'just a meow or two of snow!'
Burns resident Connie Robbins took this photo of some special visitors Saturday Dec. 22 on her front porch
Downtown Bend birds (Cedar Waxwing and House Finch) enjoying the berries amid Sunday's snowfall
Bayley, Camren and Taylor on their 'snow train' in Redmond
Cathy Imwalle says it took a tractor to help assemble this 10-foot-tall snowman on Sunday Dec. 23 off the Old Bend-Redmond Highway
Melissa Rogers shared the Santa photo taken at Cascade Village Shopping Center. 'James is 2 and Sam is 1: 'Needless to say, 2012 has been tough on us all :)'
A traditional snowman comes to life at Tillicum Village in SE Bend on Sunday Dec. 23
Prineville residents Greg and Darla Engstrom say they have had a family tradition of an upside-down Christmas tree for almost 25 years, 'and we do it just for the plain fun of it.'
Snow was piling up fast Sunday morning (12/23) by Bend's Pilot Butte
Redmond also had its share of heavy snow on Sunday Dec. 23
Kerry Liliedahl, who lives NE of Bend off Cooley Road, says, 'My little solar lanterns aren't going to get much light today!'
Lots and lots of festive holiday decorations at this home on SW Xero Avenue in Redmond
Zane Littrell says he caught these silly swans marching down the streets of NorthWest Crossing the other day while picking up the kids from school'
A snowy night in Bend makes the Christmas lights more special at 1176 SW Chamberlain St.
Nicole Benge says she and her husband were traveling from Redmond to Bend 'when we saw this heart-shaped cloud in the sky' on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The morning sun through the Sunriver fog
Krista Barnette said they had 15 inches of snow piled up at Circle 4 in Sunriver on Friday, Dec. 21
Nancy Foote of Deschutes River Rec Homesites SW of Sunriver said they had about 16-18 inches on the ground late Friday afternoon Dec. 21 'and coming down hard still'
Laurel Russell says this Christmas light display at the corner of 2nd and Juniper in Prineville 'was so stunning, I couldn't pass it up'
A joyous mix of Christmas decorations at a home on SW Xero Avenue in Redmond
Sisters resident Bryan Kely's black Lab Hagen loves to play in the snowy backyard
Lights decorate a home on SW 25th Street in Redmond
AnnaMarie and Mukah having fun in Sisters with their granny Elizabeth Hamilton and Sonya Littledeer-Evans
Nothing like a fun day in the snow to brings smiles from Prineville kids Kylie, 8; Jaden, 6; and Zachary, 4
Evie Weiss of La Pine, owner of 'Millie,' says, 'Even dogs love the snow! My dog, I think, is making a snow angel
Mike Escamilla says he was 'pretty impressed' by the Christian Life Center's live Nativity scene Monday night, Dec. 17 along Third Street by the Shilo Inn, 'being that there was snow on the ground and 23 degrees out!'
Zachary White, 4, of Prineville gets to ride a sled in the snow
Serena Shaw of Bend's Romaine Village shared this photo Monday, Dec. 17 of Mackynna and Kaeleigh's snow fort
Monday night's sunset from the snowy Little Deschutes River in La Pine
Abbie Fritz says her kids call the snowman at their NW Ogden home "Ms Frosty": "The parsnip for the nose, and grass for the hair crack me up."
Ryan Brown of Bend shared this photo of 4-year-old Karra's and 7-year-old Jasmin's snowman
Shelley Caldeira says she had a lot of fun making a tabletop snowman (and one of Mrs. Clause) on Sunday, Dec. 16, as about a foot of snow fell in Sunriver
Anthony Brande says he and girlfriend Santyel Bowman 'made an awesome snowman' Sunday, Dec. 16 at Hillside Park on Bend's Westside that's over seven feet tall
Snow swirled through the streets of Madras on Saturday, Dec. 15
Snow-capped Cascades beckon in this sunny view Thursday Dec. 13 from Bend's Summit Drive
A December view of Cline Falls, west of Redmond
The sun sets over Mirror Pond in this view on Wednesday, Dec. 12
Migrating birds accent the Monday Dec. 10 sunset in Bend, looking west along Bear Creek Road
Bob Akers of Bend says he took this shot from his driveway on Nov. 15, 2010: 'I have never seen a cloud formation like this ever. It looks like it's going to swallow a much smaller fish in its gaping maw!'
The Monday night Dec. 10 sunset from Powell Butte
A moody but still-colorful sunset from Prineville on Nov. 28
Tom Kichenmaster says he shot thise 'Awesome clouds looking NW from Hwy 20 in Bend' on Tuesday, Dec. 11
View of the rosy Monday, Dec. 10 sunset in Bend
A colorful sunset in view Monday, Dec. 10 from Redmond
Rosy clouds punctuate this mountain view at sunset Dec. 10, from South Century Drive just south of Sunriver
Darren Hill and family have done something special, and not just a dazzling Christmas lights display at 20853 Daniel Duke Way - they have a donation tube on the front porch, all of which will go to help buy gifts for a family at St. Charles Med. Center 'to help ease their burden at Christmas time'
Scott Oren shares this view of the Christmas lights on his home on NW Monterey Pines Drive in Bend
A simply stunning view from Mt. Bachelor's opening day on Thanksgiving 2012
Sunset on Sunday, Dec. 9 west of Horse Ridge, east of Bend
Ray Rose says he has about 14,000 lights synchronized with Christmas music at his home on NE Lena Place in Bend
Susan Starkey says her daughter Ashley went snowboarding for the first time on her Oregon holiday -- 'she loved it, but was not unhappy to go back to San Diego with its warm temperatures'
Elaine and Ralph Hakkila's Christmas lights shine for all at 3760 SW Cascade Vista Dr. in Redmond
Elaine and Mark Porter have their colorful lights up at their home at 3113 SW Cascade Vista Dr. in Redmond
A December morning sunrise from atop a hill in SW Redmond
Melissa Blackett says she snapped this photo of her boys as they walked her older son to school in NE Bend on Tuesday morning -- 'their absolute favorite walk to school so far this year'
A rainy Tuesday Dec. 4 turned magical in the skies over Knott Road in Bend
Flora Steffan's 'girls' -- all rescued border collies - posed with Santa on Sat. 12/2 at Bend Pet Express, an event to benefit Bend Spay & Neuter Project
Ronald Wouda of 2835 SW 31st Street in Redmond says he has a 'very electic' holiday display that he hopes offers 'sheer enjoyment' to passers-by.
Snowmobiler Jason Lilly snapped this self-portrait Saturday Dec. 2 at Wanoga Sno-Park
Jason Domitrovic captured Saturday 12/1 image of Ryan Vesely "on the cone" at Mt. Bachelor: 'Insane!!! Powder!!!'
Holiday decorations adorn Crook County fire trucks as crews were out Saturday 12/2 collecting non-perishable food items for the Crook County Holiday Partnership
Malcolm Lowery wanted to take some pictures of the setting full moon Wednesday morning, but the fog got in the way, so instead he shot this scenic view from Awbrey Butte, with Pilot Butte peeking above the fog
Redmond School District Transportation's float took 2nd place among organizations in Saturday night's Starlight Holiday Parade, sponsored by St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond
Thanksgiving Eve sunset from Crooked River Ranch, looking at 'our beautiful mountains,' says Judy Berg
Plenty of animals other than horses took part in Sisters Christmas Parade, including this llama sporting a festive holiday outfit
Nancy Petersen captured this mid-October sunset over Mt. Jefferson, with the cold and warm air colliding in scenic fashion
Heather Morberg shared this photo of the Christmas lights on the corner of Cascade and cCnyon in Redmond
Diana Levey's donkey Pimmy is decked out and ready to march in Sisters Christmas Parade with C. Oregon Donkey Assn.
A little rain on a chilly night did nothing to stop plenty of Redmond residents from enjoying Saturday night's Holiday Starlight Parade -- 'a little wet but perfect,' said Bryan Guest
Members of the Central Oregon Donkey Association took part in Saturday's Sisters Christmas Parade
A Sisters Christmas Parade just wouldn't be right without a whole lot of cowboys and cowgirls on their horses
Horses of many breeds took part in Sisters Christmas Parade
A bit of rain couldn't dampen the spirit at the Sisters Christmas Parade, though Santa did stay dry under his umbrella as a team of horses filled in for Santa's reindeer
No 'Black Friday' but a glorious sunrise over Bend Friday morning
KL Sinizer says, 'I shot this Friday afternoon outside our dining room window at Crooked River Ranch'
Whether up early for Black Friday sales or for other reasons, Bend residents were treated to a beautiful sunrise, as in this view from Awbrey Butte
A sunset from Madras to be thankful for, on Thanksgiving 2012.
Mark Corbet of Redmond figures this is a rare 'halo' of light above South Sister at the Thanksgiving sunset that came from sunlight hitting snow on the mountain's west slope and reflecting light up onto the clouds. NewsChannel 21 meteorologist Travis Knudsen believes he's right, calling it 'a very awesome cloud picture'
Along with pinks and purples, the Madras Thanksgiving sunset featured blazing red and orange
Scenic Thanksgiving sunset from Lamonta Drive near Prineville
Thanksgiving dawned golden in the view from the Third Street Safeway Thursday morning
Northern flicker wanting a drink encountered an iced-over pond on Bend's Awbrey Butte Wednesday morning
This large toppled tree still was in place Tuesday near SE 15th and Bear Creek Road in Bend
First wind, then rain -- then a rainbow on Bend's Eastside
Tree fell onto home on Bend's NW Ithaca Avenue during windstorm Monday afternoon
NW Hartford Street resident Steve Stenkamp says the top half of a Ponderosa fell between his Jeep, neighbor's Subaru
Power lines downed by trees that fell on home on Tekampe Road south of Bend sparked blaze that caused extensive damage
After day and night full of wind and rain, Tuesday's rainbow was a welcome sight from Bend's Awbrey butte
Romaine Village resident Qualyn Burch faced quite the blockage when he returned home, says it took all day just to cut a hole and get to her driveway, home
Sherri Wingerd returned to her home in southern Bend Monday to find her shed and storage gone, with damage to her fence, heat pump, garage and contents. She's grateful the toppled tree "did not put a hole in the house and that I put the dogs inside before I left"
Some fences couldn't take the wind's beating and toppled Monday
Trees were down all over Bend Monday, including one along Brookswood Boulevard near Blakely Park
Krista Zweers said top of tree toppled onto neighbor's home on Country Club Drive in Bend, with downed power lines too over his driveway
Ceci Capen says the top 20 feet of the 100-foot Ponderosa pine tree in their NW Bend yard snapped off and fell into the alley; 'thank goodness for great neighbors who helped us cut and clean it up!'
Michael Dinsmore says toppled tree in his southeast Bend backyard 'missed everything' Monday
Ryley Evans says a birch tree came down Monday afternoon in his northeast Bend backyard
A branch fell onto power line and sent up smoke on Third Street at Yew Lane in Bend as windstorm raked state Monday
Brandon Carter says toppled tree crunched neighbor's car near the Bend Parkway Monday, between Roosevelt and McKinley avenues
Strong winds buffeted Oregon coast Monday, toppling trees, one that fell on Seaside fire truck