After a two-hour pre-dawn snowshoe up Tumalo Mountain this morning (Friday, Dec. 7 with a friend), we found everything socked in and snow falling lightly. With any visibility, you'd be seeing two gorgeous snow-topped mountains in the background (South Sister and Broken Top), but not on this day. I was tired and disappointed. But I remembered we are, after all, approaching the Winter Solstice. So here's my photo celebrating the approach of the long winter in Central Oregon.