Wood Duck on Wood!
I have never seen Wood Ducks anywhere but in the water or by the water's edge. That is, until I saw this one sitting on a branch in Delta Ponds. And it was pretty high up in this old dead snag at that. Naturally, I had to get a shot of that!
My Bride of 54 Years
54 years ago today, I married a sweet young lady who has been a treasure. We enjoyed a morning out and a very nice lunch together, then a quiet evening at home. It has been a good day!
Alton Baker Park is Pretty This Time of Year
It's a beautiful time of year at Alton Baker Park. Flowers and trees are blooming. Some stand out more than others.
"I Told You Kids to Ignore the photographer!"
I met Mom Mallard along the trail at Delta Ponds. She was very watchful that those kids not pay any attention to that nosy photographer, and made it plain to them. LOL
Blades of Grass Can be Beautiful!
I think we can find beauty in just about anything, even a blade of grass! I couldn't resist posting this image I got on a morning walk.
The Hayden Bridge Victorian
The Hayden Bridge Victorian home on Yolanda Street in Springfield, OR, was built in 1890. It's history is quite interesting. "The home is on an acre of land that was once part of the Felix Scott, Jr land grant from the U.S. government. The 4 acres filbert orchard adjoining the home is part of a similar grant to his father, Captain Felix Scott, Sr. (1786-1858)." Quote from - http://home.comcast.net/~harold.gillis/text.html
(Check out the complete history of Captain Scott and the home at that website.)
The Little Rascals Are Sure Growing!
I thought I would check on the bald eagle nest on Skinner Butte and the two eaglets. One parent was sitting on a branch toward the top of the tree. The little rascals are sure growing! Of course, they have a lot of growing to do. They are still fuzzy balls, no feathers yet. This shot of them in the nest has been cropped a good bit so we can get a better view of the little ones. The baby on the right is quite a bit darker than the other, and bigger.
It was nice to have some morning sun on the nest, which helped. Most of the few days I have been able to get up there have been cloudy and dark. What is unique about our viewing spot on top of Skinner Butte is that we are at the same level as the nest, even though it is high in a tall Fir Tree. So from that vantage point we are able to see the chicks in the nest.
This colorful, unique birdbath is in a yard around town. It drew my attention because it seemed like something out of a fantasy world. I could see this scene in a Disney movie, like Sleeping Beauty, or something like that. I find it to be a dreamlike image, but that is probably just me.
Fringed Tulip - Like The Frosting on a Cake!
I saw this flower on a walk around town. Don't know what it is, but it is one of the most beautiful and unique flowers I have seen. The white spikes on the end of the petals is like the frosting on the cake. It puts the finishing touch on the unusual flower. I just couldn't resist taking an image of it home with me. So I now share it with you. :)
Willamette River East of Clearwater Park
I was told about a non-established trail that runs along the Willamette River from Clearwater Park and decided to walk it a ways. This is a view of the river from along the trail. I look forward to exploring it more.
With a Song in My Heart
This pretty Delta Ponds resident was making beautiful music, entertaining all who listened. I think it is a Red-winged Blackbird. Did you ever notice that they don't sing off-key like we sometimes do? :)
Do you remember this song? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0DeeWJ5bWk
Delta Ponds Panorama
This is a three shot panorama of the north pond at Delta Ponds, taken from the north side of the pond looking south.
It's great to have this area within the city limits of Eugene.