Carol at seven and a half decades.
Even though I am still under the weather, I just had to shoot a portrait of my girl, Carol, still a youngster at only seven and a half decades. She is a treasure.
From the Dining Room Window
Our dining room window looks out on a wooded area that lies across a barbed wire fence from us. We often see deer in these woods. This little fawn was feeding the other morning when I looked out the window. You can still see spots on its rump. So it is quite young. It is good to be out in the country where we can enjoy seeing farm animals and wildlife nearby.
Tough Guy Miko
Miko the Magnificent is well on the road to recovery from his injuries. As you can see here, he is tolerating me taking his picture. That look says, "if I were feeling better you wouldn't be doing that!" This photo was shot on the 4th. He is now rid of his collar. That thing would have driven me crazy! His 'onesie' is just what the doctor (vet) ordered to keep him from scratching the stitches where a drain tube had been. I made sure he got a masculine color. :) Anyway, we are very pleased with his progress.
I haven't been active the last four days with a bad cold (virus) and haven't felt like doing anything. I think I am turning the corner today. And I finally found my card reader in one of the packed boxes from moving.
Heavy Clouds Over Raparian Area Along Mill Race Path
Here is a good view of the nice riparian area along the Mill Race Path in Springfield, OR, a great place to walk or bike. And those are NOT fake clouds!
Definition of 'riparian': "A riparian zone or riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream. Riparian is also the proper nomenclature for one of the fifteen terrestrial biomes of the earth. Plant habitats and communities along the river margins and banks are called riparian vegetation, characterized by hydrophilic plants." (Quoted from Wikipedia)
Roses are among my very favorite flowers. This example shows a reason why. It is so lovely, with gorgeous color that almost seems to glow. Roses do very well in the Willamette Valley.
Does This Qualify as a Log Cabin?
This Osprey nest along Delta Ponds seems to be large enough to accommodate a large family with two or three offspring. But can we classify it as a log cabin? Interestingly, across the road from the nest is an apartment complex. Those on the second floor would have a great view of the nest.
A Walk in the Woods
I truly enjoy a walk in the woods. Trouble is we have been moving, so no walks for me! This trail I enjoyed on a previous walk along the Mill Race Path. It's a perfect place for deer, but also for humans! :)
Like a Fireworks Display
I don't know what this flower is. Carol doesn't remember the name, but says this is purple when in bloom. Then it dries out like this. I think even the dried flower is beautiful, a marvelous design in nature! Let me know if you have the ID. Thanks to Bea who ID'd the flower as Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)
I will be offline for a few days or more, as we get new Internet connections set up and complete our move. Look forward to hearing from all my friends, (I hope I have some), when I get back online, and checking out the photos I have missed.
Carol's Peacock, and a surprise visitor, for real!
Can you guess what Carol's favorite bird is? Yep, the Peacock! She has peacock pillows, figurines, paintings, puzzles and outdoor decoration. This one is in the backyard.
Now, I want to tell you an amazing story. We are moving to a house on our oldest daughter's property near Veneta. She and our son in law bought the four acre place with a second house a year ago, with us in mind. They came to us, suggesting it was time to move there. We are in the process now and will be moved by the end of the month. They have had wildlife make an appearance on their property, including deer, elk and wild turkeys. But since we have started moving our belongings to the new house, what do you think all of a sudden has also moved in in the last couple weeks? You got it, a Peacock! Totally amazing and a source of pure joy to Carol. :) We have no idea where it came from, but it has become attached to my daughter's chickens and follows them when they are out. When my daughter puts them in their pen for the night, the peacock flies up to the tree overhead and roosts there. We think we are going to like it out there. LOL
Carol's Little Fountain
Carol and I put in this little fountain some time ago and it has always made her happy. It bubbles continually by means of recirculating water, making a pleasant sound. I wanted to capture the circle of bubbles it created, so here it is.
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Beauville Station Wagon
This beautiful Chevy wagon was sitting at this shop when I drove by. Fortunately, a red light gave me barely enough time to get one shot at it. It looked really mint!
I checked online for information and found this one up for auction, estimated going price at $60,000 - $80,000. That's a bit more than the original selling price of about $3300. The online info is fairly old now, being dated in 2012. So it is long sold now. Anyway, we get some idea of how much the one I saw might be worth. - http://56classicchevy.com/1956-chevrolet-station-wagons
Bridge Over The Mill Race
I have very much enjoyed the Mill Race Path since it opened late last year. It's a beautiful walk through a varied landscape. Just beyond this old bridge over the mill race is a riparian area with ponds and grassy wetlands. A variety of birds can be seen here throughout the year. As the seasons change, the landscape changes with it, offering differing beauty at any time of year.