Cormorant in the Spotlight
The morning sun spotlighted this cormorant as it flew overhead at the Georgia Pond along the new Mill Race Path. Even though the lighting on the bird is contrasty, there is something about it grabs me. It's not perfect, but I like it. :)
After an Early Morning Rain
The sun came out while I was on an early morning walk today and as I crossed the Mohawk bridge over I-205, I was blessed with this view of traffic below, the results of the rain on the roadway creating a mist behind each vehicle. I liked the effect.
The Colors of Winter
Winter can mean dark gray days to many, days that can bring a feeling of melancholy. For some, winter can be depressing and they wait for spring to bring relief. Personally, I find beauty in winter too. I see in this scene in Delta Ponds the orange of a type of willow found there and the deep reds or purples of other bushes as the colors of winter. It can be beautiful in the ponds in winter.
Don't worry, this railroad siding is not often used. It is used only when the mill needs cars to load. I stopped long enough to get a photo and then went merrily on my way. As foolish as it might look, there was no danger involved. :)
Ribbon Cutting for the New Mill Race Path
A new biking/pedestrian path had its grand opening today. It's the Mill Race Path that runs from downtown Springfield for three miles to where it joins the Middle Fork Path that runs along the Willamette River to Dorris Ranch. The Mill Race Path is a worthy addition to the great places to walk and bike in Springfield. It is a part of the Willamalane Park system and it is beautiful.
See this video presentation by Willamalane Park District called 'Welcome to the Mill Race Path' -
Leaf on Snow
Just trying to be a bit artistic! Did I succeed? Couldn't resist this colorful leaf and how it contrasted with the snow.
Enjoyed a morning walk on the beautiful new Mill Race Path. As you may know, I love curves and this is a graceful one. I just couldn't resist photographing it.
Golden Light of Morning on the Willamette
I loved the golden light the morning sun cast on the Willamette River when I walked in Clearwater Park today. It was cool and crisp but the sun certainly gave a warm cast to everything. Great time to be out there! This is one of my favorite views.
Saw this boat in a front yard on Old Marcola Road and had to smile about those lights for decoration. I can picture that boat going down the river all lit up. :)
Beauty in the Coburg Hills
The Coburg Hills are just a short drive away. They are located just northeast of Eugene, between the Mohawk Valley and Willamette Valley. They are included in the foothills of the western Cascade Range. Logging is done there as it is BLM land. I enjoy the drive there whenever there is a little snow blanketing the area. It makes for a pretty winter scene.
A Frozen Perch
It was very cold this morning when I paid a visit to Delta Ponds, and never did get above freezing all day. There was still a lot of snow at the Ponds, even though we have only a few spots of it in shaded areas at home. I saw this female Hooded Merganser posed nicely while sitting on a log in Delta Ponds. It seemed to me that it would be an uncomfortable place to sit, as it is covered with ice. Maybe it was stuck to the log! :)
This tiny cutie came for a meal at one of our backyard feeders. I think Chickadees are such pretty little birds, so was pleased to see this one join the Junco's in our yard. It doesn't have the markings and colors of what I usually see, the Black-capped Chickadee. My trusty Birds of Oregon book identifies it as a Chestnut-backed Chickadee, the first one I have seen. But they are shown to be found throughout Western Oregon. It is said to be the smallest of North American Chickadees and normally likes the denser forests of the Pacific Northwest. The book says that the Chestnut-backed Chickadee is less regular at bird feeders than are other Chickadees, preferring denser cover. But it also says that in severe winters, small parties may join other wintering songbirds in urban areas. This explains why I saw it at our feeder. What a treat!