Monday, April 14, 2014

WALKING STEIGERWALD LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE


Such  beauty in this small wildlife refuge in Clark County , Washington -- twenty minutes from my abode. It was a first time visit yesterday. Took a few pics of the passing panorama as we walked the trails. Above was a cattail pod in the foreground that redwing blackbirds were enjoying. Off in the far distance is Mount Hood peeking over the mountains. 


The mountains you see in the background are the Cascades. The forefront is open wild grassy land where many birds can be observed. My intent was to just walk and enjoy all that nature had to show. Just walk and observe -- it was a beautiful day.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CRAWFORDSVILLE COVERED BRIDGE -- A COMMUNITY PLACE



Covered bridges are beautiful in their own right but they can also be beautiful for their community. Built in 1932 the Crawfordsville covered bridge became a working bridge, enabling folks to travel across the Calopooia River by foot, wagon, truck or car.   

However, in 1963 the bridge was bypassed with a new highway along side of it. But as luck would have it from that change forward the bridge became a beautiful walkway for pedestrians plus a nice picnic area with a view of the river. 



 Photo: Facebook

Plus the bridge became a new celebratory arena now known as Bridge Day. It happens once every year during the summer --where the locals get together festively enjoying socialization, food and vendors.

All is good that ends well. At age eighty-two the bridge remains an icon of the community.

For more particulars on the Crawfordsville covered bridge: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BRIDGE/docs/covbrdg/Descriptions/crawfordsville.pdf

Bridge Day set for August 23, 2014, Saturday

Saturday, April 12, 2014

PARK SLIDE IN THE RAIN




Large wooden climbing-steps up to a slide




Rain drops on the downward curving slide

When was the last time you were on a slide?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SCREEN DOOR WEATHER


Old storage area outside old commercial building.
Screen door is open to catch a spring breeze
Brownsville, Oregon



Thursday, April 3, 2014

SALLIE TOMATO WAS A COOL DOG AND WE MISS HIM


Sallie Tomato loved to splash through the water


It has been a week since Sallie Tomato passed -- it happened so fast. He passed suddenly from a heart problem. He was dancing in the morning and by dinner time he was rushed to the vet and within two hours he had left this world





Dogs are family. Sallie Tomato came to live with me six years ago after my youngest son passed. He had this big Golden Retriever that nobody could take -- but I had room and I took him home to Kentucky. He was a warm friendly dog that was so easy to handle. My older son loved to take him out on walking trails.




My granddaughter loved to play and pet Sallie as she did my other dog Lil.




 I walked Sallie almost every day at the city park near where I now live in Vancouver. The children that used the park loved to come over to Sallie -- petting and talking to him like children love to do with animals. Sallie loved it.



Sallie Tomato we miss you.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AN OLD TRUCK, ANTIQUE SIGN AND LICHENS




Out on the country road just before you enter the small town of Brownsville, Oregon you will spot an old truck sitting by the roadside. It looks very content among the trees and tall grass. 

I presume it serves as an ad board for an antique shop in Old Town. I don't know where Old Town is but I believe that it might be what the local folks call Main street in Brownsville?




The Oregon licence plate that is still attached to this old truck is dated "85" -- almost thirty years ago. I take it that this is the last time the truck was driven, legally that is. I gave the exterior a once over as I felt that the truck might have been painted by a local impressionistic artist who had created patches of colors residing all over its entire body.




However, my final conclusions were that the truck's body colors were its original -- blue faded to aqua -- then painted a second coat of red now faded to a rose color. Then as a deluxe touch mother nature eventually stepped in and flourished it with golden lichens. It really is a piece of work -- a positive work that is!

I wonder what age this old truck is? 



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ROADSIDE DAFFODILS FOR SALE




A trip across the river from Vancouver into Oregon found a few folks selling daffodils from the roadside. A beautiful site after a gray winter. Above you can take your pick of flowers for $2.00 a bunch. Such a deal to bring springtime into your home.