String of Pearls
The water drops on this spider web at Alton Baker park looked so beautiful. To me, they looked like a string of pearls.
Ferns in the Forest
The forest at Dorris Ranch is a beautiful place to walk. It lies between the filbert (hazelnut) orchards and the Willamette River! It is so quiet (one sees few other hikers), a place where a person can get lost in their thoughts, an opportunity to reflect on the wonders of nature. I find the remarkable balance and design in nature very humbling to contemplate.I very much enjoyed this scene.
Today's photo is an image of the master hunter, the Great Blue Heron, with its prey, a bullfrog, at Delta Ponds. I could see that the heron was quite involved with its task along the edge if a pond. Patience has its rewards. I had to wait on the ready for a while before anything happened. But then so did the heron!
Moon Slice +
A couple nights ago, on the 20th, I saw a slice of the moon showing in the evening sky. It was beautiful, but what also caught my attention were the two other objects to the left of the moon. I believe on is a planet, not sure just what the other is. The newspaper the next day had a shot of the same scene. and told what the two other objects were. I noted it and then forgot about it. Now I can't find it, and I am upset with myself. Does anyone know the identities of the other two objects? Note: I learned the lower larger body is Venus and the small upper one is Mars! Thanks to Andy, Steve and Ken!
The photograph was made handheld with my Nikon 1 V2 and Nikon 1 70-300mm VR lens. The small sensor did a good job, but one of my larger cameras with long lens on a tripod would likely have done better with more detail. But still, the scene is just what I saw.
A Peach of a Pair!
Bald Eagle pair at Delta Ponds. This is likely the pair that nests on Skinner Butte. The nest, on top of a tree, is huge! Here is a video about the nest there - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nq061p10rU Check it out, worth watching!
Below is some information about eagle life history and reproduction:
"Bald eagles are solitary, but monogamous animals. Although they spend winters and migrations alone, bald eagles maintain the same breeding pair year after year. A mated eagle pair finds a nesting site and produces offspring each year. If one of the pair dies, the surviving bald eagle will look for a new mate in the next breeding season. The nests are built on the tops of trees. The pair uses sticks and twigs to construct a platform nest. Some pairs return to the same nest the following year. Bald eagles normally lay two or three eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days. Depending on the location, the eggs are laid in the winter or spring." - (Quoted from National Wildlife Federation website - https://www.nwf.org/wildlife/wildlife-library/birds/bald-eagle.aspx)
I Heard a Bird Singing!
I heard a bird singing and wondered what it had to say.
That little bird was wishing me a nice sunny day.
I thanked it for its song and went upon my way,
knowing the little bird would keep singing come what may!
Now I hope that you hear the bird sing without any pay.
He has a song in his heart, he's just made that way.
(Poem by Vern Rogers)
"Spotted Towhees have a fairly simple song,,,,,,It lasts about 1.5 seconds. The song starts with one or two (up to eight) short introductory notes and then a fast trill that can sound like a taut rubber band being plucked, or a piece of paper stuck into a fan. Some Spotted Towhee songs have just the trill phrase only." (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds) To hear their song - http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/spotted_towhee/sounds
While I was watching this cormorant, it decided to take off. Since I had the camera ready I was able to capture lift off. I really like the appearance of the wing, the color and the detail.
My Walk Along The River
I enjoyed my walk along the McKenzie River on the trail that borders Armitage Park. The grass and the moss covered rocks along the trail were vivid green and stood out against the browns and reds of the vegetation and fallen leaves. The day was a bit gloomy but the landscape added most welcome color. It was a good walk.
Getting Ready to Square Dance
I saw these boots and skirt in a store window and imagined a beautiful western cowgirl getting ready for the square dance.
If you look long enough perhaps you will see her too!
The King on His Throne
I am sorry, but I just had to post another image of a Bald Eagle. I just love its elegant pose. I saw the eagle land in a tree in Delta Ponds and got to a spot for this shot. I used my little Nikon 1 V2 with the matching Nikon 1 70-300mm VR, a tiny but ultra sharp lens. On the little V2 with its 2.7x crop factor, I get an equivalent 810mm image at the long end of the zoom. Even at that I still had to crop the image by half, so the result is amazingly good to me.
Willamette River - Thread in the Tapestry of the Willamette Valley
It is always wonderful to get a sunny day in Western Oregon in the wintertime. Especially is this true along the Beautiful Willamette River, described by one of our Governors as "the thread in the tapestry of the Willamette Valley." This is a view of the Willamette River from Clearwater Park in Springfield.
Spring is Coming to Skinner Butte
I climbed Skinner Butte today. It's not very high but it's not far from Alton Baker Park and I decided to walk over to Skinner Butte Park and go up to the top of the butte. I saw a lot of early growth on the trail to the top. It is sure beginning to look like spring. These buds and blossoms are evidence of that.