Thursday, December 23, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
In honor of the festiveness, I decided to post even more photos from Ridgefield, taken on my latest visit a couple weeks ago. I really love visiting this place and this time I got some nice surprises.
An egret stands in the water, looking for lunch.
A bittern?! !!! These elusive heron-like birds are a rare delight since they are so skittish.
Late summer seems to bring these pipers to the waters at Ridgefield. I never see them any other time of the year.
A Frog! This time of year is also great so spying frogs hiding in the ponds along with turtles sunbathing.
Nutria seems to take over in the summer. The water ways are filled with algae and these critters munching on it all day long. Along a walking path open to the public during the summer, tons of nutria were seen eating along the grass edge. This one was the last to leave, distracted by a flower.
Bees and crickets and other tiny critters were fun to spot. I also saw tree frogs which were fun.
These flowers grow all over in different stages of growth, and always make beautiful subjects to photograph.
Even blooms with less color can create a beautiful display.
Wild flowers take over a part of a grassy field.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Ki, a Red-Shouldered Hawk stands patiently at an education talk.
A bald eagle enjoying some sunshine.
A Snowy Owl who just had a drink of water.
This Northern Goshawk mesmerized me.
Monday, July 26, 2010
The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens are really my favorite place in Portland. I got to introduce a new friend to the area, which is always fun since everyone enjoys it. Where else can you be greeted with so much wildlife and flowers and trees in such a small area? I was surprised to see a family of barn swallows concentrated in a tree. They are so adorable. Of course there were ducks, still some ducklings and flowers as well. Anytime of the year you will find something unique and delightful to see here!