Sunday, September 15, 2019

Week #36 - P52

Once in awhile, we drive "up" into the timber that is southeast of town; much of it is owned by an investment company which bought all the timberland the local Boise Cascade mill once owned.  Local cattle ranchers lease some of the land for grazing.  This is the view looking north once we climb out of the valley.  

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Municipal Parks - Hillsboro, Oregon

Although my husband and I make frequent trips across Oregon to provide "back-up" for our daughter-in-law and granddaughter, we also take time to enjoy some of the sights. In late August, we actually walked two of Hillsboro's beautiful parks...each one multiple acres in size.  Both are examples of urban parks that help the visitor forget  they are tucked into a city.  Both parks include Rock Creek.

The first park was Noble Woods Park, 38 acres of wetlands and forest.  It was amazing to walk into a forest of fir and cedar where the surrounding city could not be heard. 

 We have no idea what these gnarly trees are...or why they are this way.

The second park walk was in Rood Bridge Park, the largest of Hillsboro's wooded parks at 60 acres.  It was such a surprise to see the pond totally covered with lily pads; a year ago, there were none!  

 Most of the paths in Rood Bridge park are natural...without any paving.
 This is the start of a beaver dam; the branch at the right had recently been gnawed from a tree.

Rood Bridge Park also includes a more developed area, with tennis courts, playground, large pavilion, River House, boat launch....and more.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Week #35 - P52

I tend not to think of fall when I see changing leaves...I think of winter, because I know it often arrives sooner than expected.  This bright red leaf lying in lush green grass is a good indication of the overlap in seasons.  (Winter will be here before we know it!)  

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Week #34 - P52

This summer, I have seen more giant bumblebees than ever in my life.  Some have been on lavender; others on sunflowers.  This particular one was enjoying a tall giant sunflower in West Union Gardens in Hillsboro, Oregon.   (I just realized that I have posted 3 sunflower images in this year's P52.)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Posts out of order

For some reason, I didn't post Week #32 of my P52 project.  It was still in draft mode today.  I'm blaming it on old age.

P52 - Week #32

My "neighbors"  just two short blocks away.... four new babies, fuzzy little "teddy bear" creatures that are really Highland cattle.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

P52 - Week #33

I live in Indian Valley, just north of the massive Grande Ronde Valley.  The Grande Ronde Valley is surrounded by mountains, 3 of which are named.  Closest to my home is Mt. Harris, on the east side.  I've photographed it in all seasons and under a variety of conditions, even from a point halfway up the south side of the mountain.  This time, I found a different perspective--a dirt road between wheat fields.