Random pictures that caught my fancy
My wife and I wanted a decent length hike without too much elevation gain on this sunny Father’s Day …
For you All Trails users, here is the link to the recording https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/north-fork-middle-fork-willamette-river-trail–15
All in all, this is a good hike on a sunny day when you do not want to work too hard at going up the mountain(s). This just wanders along the north bank of the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River just west of Oakridge. There are wonderful swimming pools (we did not try them) but they do not all have decent paths from the N side; but there is a road on the south side of the fork with ample opportunities to reach a good pool.
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Early spring flowers are some of my favorites … they appear quickly and often do not last long as they are the first food for many after a long wet OR winter. All of these came from our yard or our neighbor’s.
All of the pictures were taken between 4000 and 4500 feet elevation and with a Nikon point-click camera – no pictures were altered either.
It started one night (Sunday) and snowed off / on thru Wednesday morning … beautiful and deadly as trees snap with the weight of heavy, wet snow
plants and forests 2018 – tried a new way to share photos w/ Microsoft Sway(r) – recommend you hit the ‘full screen’ button to see the pics in a better light
I was just wandering around today camera in hand.
My extended family spent several days near the Lake Michigan shore this month. It was an easy walk thru this gate to the beach below after walking through an amazing township park.
The Lake Michigan beach is wonderful and all without salt, sharks or jellyfish.
And looking west, the sunsets are usually tremendous with or without storms.
Lighthouses are plentiful and old … and there was a reason they were built
Searching for the most wonderful wave-polished stones can fill hours of tremendously peaceful hours.
This week, I went up South Sister for the second time. This time, I was much more prepared and thoroughly enjoyed the ramble … but was still tired by the end of the day.
On the way there, it was very cold (below 30 F), and the steam from the cascade lakes was amazing
Once up through the scrawny pine trees, the first plateau (alpine meadow) with a look down to Moraine Lake
Looking upward toward the top, here’s the path
On the second plateau, you can look back to Moraine Lake
or over to another glacier melt lake. I stopped here on the way back down as the breeze coming off the lake was very cold and refreshing after the ascent.
Then it is the last uphill section to the top
From the top … just look around, but be careful on the path (there are parts that carry risk)
The beauty of flowers amazes me … and in part why that dirty sky is so terrifying – could it eventually snub out beauty like this? (clicking on the pic will open in higher res)
PS – unmodified pics taken w/ Nikon Coolpix B700 … higher resolution pics are available if you ask
There have been some really red sunsets recently due to the dirty sky from near-by fires (like CA near) … while it can be beautiful, it is terrifying to me.
PS – unmodified pics from Nikon Coolpix B700
Birds are incredibly difficult for me to capture a good picture. For every 1 good one, there are 3-5 bad ones. Here are some of my better ones spanning Spring and Summer 2018 – most were taken in Eugene, OR, but a couple came from Napa, CA.
Blue Herons (they do stand still)
Small birds that sometimes sing
Some of the best hunters in the world – the Osprey pics are not as good as desired, but worth it nonetheless.
PS – a couple of these pictures were edited after the fact – just background color edits to bring out the bird a bit from background. All pictures taken w/ Nikon CoolPix B700
The other day while sitting inside hiding from intense heat, my wife called out that there was another squirrel in the cherry tree in our backyard. Blasted squirrels, I thought … headed to the door and looked at the movement in the tree, and it was NOT a squirrel.
Two baby owls had parked themselves in our tree which is on the other side of our deck. These pictures were taken from inside thru the glass door.
Then the other day, I was hiking up in Sisters Wilderness, and i was ready to take a picture of this very beautiful wildflower, and I was surprised by a visitor
PS – none of the photos were altered; they are posted as they came from my Nikon Coolpix B700