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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.

24 comments:

  1. Such beauty and a beautiful day & thank you for sharing the pleasure!! Good spring, Rita

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  2. Sketchbook Wandering -- I noticed that most of the folks I passed on the trail had large professional cameras hanging from their shoulders. That told me they also appreciated the beauty of the place -- thanks -- barbara

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  3. Looks like here. Had 6" last night. A lot of it gone already. Mount Hood looks very pointy. There must be a river close to where you took these - or not.

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    1. One Fly -- Yes, there are lots of waterways near. One can follow a trail to the Columbia River. Also there are ponds and streams weaving through the grassy areas which is a nesting area for many types of birds. Saw a bald-headed eagle perched very high in a tree. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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    2. One Fly -- We have had snow only once this winter. Mount Hood, because of its altitude (?), has had snow on it all winter. Six inches of snow seems like a lot of snow for this time of the year. -- barbara

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  4. Beautiful view! I especially like the one with the old cattails in the foreground.

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    1. Some days just call you outside to take photos. Yesterday was one of them. I hope you were having the same warm sunny day on your trip east. thanks -- barbara

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  5. A beautiful place, surely either through the unaided eye or the camera lens -- probably also with binoculars to watch the birds. It's lovely that the area is an easy drive. You have landed in a a great part of the country.

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    1. June -- the NW is certainly beautiful. So many places to discover yet. I never get tired of seeing Mt Hood -- that one can see only view at certain vantage points in the landscapes. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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  6. Lucky you to live so close to a bit of paradise!

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    1. Tabor -- there are so many places in Washington and Oregon to take in that I know I will never be able to cover it all. It is just nice to know it is there. thanks -- barbara

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  7. What a gorgeous place! I look forward to more pictures. And I loved the post about the covered bridge!

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    1. Vicki -- Each covered bridge has a design of its own. I like observing them as pieces of folk art. Washington and Oregon definitely has a majestic feel. thanks -- barbara

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  8. What a beautiful, peaceful area. Walking is my favorite pastime and form of exercise. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Tammy -- It is nice to have such a place close to where I live right now which is an apartment in Vancouver. Although it is nice I miss my country environment that I had before I came here. But I am looking for something a little less citified. Your place near the Columbia is beautiful! -- thanks -- barbara

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    2. Tammy -- Why did I say your place is near the Columbia -- I know it is not -- guess when I saw your beach scene on your last post my mind just went to the name Columbia which is near me. Oh well it is late here and I start getting crazy when it is late -- barbara

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  9. So many National Wildlife Refuges, so little time. I wish I could hike them all. Thanks for sharing, Barbara...:)

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    1. troutbirder -- You and your wife are such outdoor nature fans you could probably do a blog just on National Wildlife Refuges. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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  10. I'm glad the weather is easing up and you are finding some of the beauties of Clark County.

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    1. Freddy -- thanks for your comment. Clark County is a natural beauty within your stae of Washington. the whole of the Pacific Northwest is fantastic -- barbara

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  11. Flying into Portland, that mountain is a majestic image. Seen it many times.

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    1. Birdman -- Mount Hood captures us when we first view it. Nice that you have traveled to the Pacific Northwest many times. I lived here for several years about twenty years ago. -- barbara

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  12. That first one was a real beauty. The mountain made for a perfect background to the many-coloured fields.

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    1. RuneE -- Thank you for your nice comment on my first photo. It was one of those perfect spring days when I was thoroughly enjoying myself. -- barbara

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