Old Logging Wagon
On a drive in the rurals I came across this old logging wagon. I don't know anything about it, and am not even sure I could find it again. I have a general idea where it is, so maybe I could. Maybe I should! That way I might find out a little bit of history about it.
Viewing Area at Delta Ponds
This is one of the spots in Delta Ponds where I watch the birds come and go. The water is higher than usual because of our recent rains. There used to be heron nests in the trees on the other side but they seem to have moved to other sites. I have seen hawks and eagles in those trees, and watched one recent year when the eagles tried to take over the heron's nests. The herons won. This is the color of winter in the ponds. Some of my photos are on the information sign in the foreground. The elevated walkway here goes out over the water for a short distance.
Kayaking in Alton Baker Park
There are a lot of options available for those who visit Alton Baker park, one of which is canoeing, or kayaking. This youngster was dressed well for the time of year, and the water takes on a muddy winter appearance. But it looks like great fun, though I haven't tried it.
I thought it was interesting that a Hooded Merganser and an American Wigeon were hanging out together at Alton Baker Park. So I took a picture of this colorful pair.
Teasel, Old World Prickly Herb
Teasel Root Extract has been widely used for symptoms of lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and arthritis. It is considered an invasive species by many.
1a : an Old World prickly herb (Dipsacus fullonum of the family Dipsacaceae, the teasel family) with flower heads that are covered with stiff hooked bracts and were used especially formerly in the woolen industry —called also fuller's teasel
b : a plant of the same genus as the teasel
2a : a flower head of the fuller's teasel used when dried to raise a nap on woolen cloth
b : a wire substitute for the teasel
Pretty Clouds Over the Ponds
On a beautiful sunny day, the clouds in the sky over the Delta Ponds were beautiful. I couldn't resist getting a shot of one of the ponds with the clouds in the background.
Delta Ponds With Spencer Butte in the Background
This shot was taken from the north end of Delta Ponds, looking south. In the distance is Spencer Butte and downtown Eugene rests in between. Delta Ponds started out as gravel pits and was restored by Eugene Parks and Open Spaces. It is surprising to visitors to see a relatively small wildlife area in the midst of Eugene. And it is a much appreciated area for walking, bird watching (SEE PHOTO LINK BELOW), and photography.
Fall Colors Along the Willamette River
I just had to post this one last scene of fall colors along the Willamette. Well, at least I think it is! I have lots more images, since we had a warm fall and the colors seemed to last longer. (This shot was made in November.) It certainly made photo walks more inviting and interesting. Hope you like it too!
Friends of a Different Feather
It was great to see these two kinds of duck sharing a log together at Delta Ponds. Of course, the Wood Duck is much more colorful than a Mallard, but they are both beautiful. I thought they made a good pair. That's a female Wood Duck on the left.
Beauty in the Morning Light
The lovely warm light of morning shone on this wonderful Great Blue Heron in the Ponds, and created what was to me a most beautiful scene. I love Delta Ponds. It seems there are endless photo opportunities if one really looks.
A Bit of Frost Around the Edges
The sunlight lit up the frost on the edges of these leaves in a pleasing way, I thought. And the bright leafy background added nice spots of color. We are getting into the dead of winter here now, so such color will be hard to find.
Sometimes a Pondful
I like to wander the woods at Clearwater Park, and came across this pond with low water. I am anxious to see it in the spring when it will be full. It's beautiful even now, I think.