I love winter in Oregon. While it doesn’t have the snow and low temperatures that most people associate with the season, for me, the cooler temperatures, ample rain, and return of green are just perfect. Other perks include the return of a high density of waterfowl to the refuges and slightly more convenient photo times.
While I miss the many hours of daylight of the summer and the ease of getting outdoors to exercise (without a flashlight and other gear), I love being able to get up and get to the trails while the best light of the day is still available.
Please enjoy this photo essay of my morning.
The synchronized Dabbler Teams
By my favorite part of the morning, and my most exciting, as catching these photos of the dunlins doing formations.
After the light got higher, Key and I hiked Cascade Gateway before returning home. It’s been more than a year since I’ve ventured to my former, almost-everyday stomping grounds. I was dismayed to see the park was closed, but I decided to venture in anyway. I review of the website indicated the park was closed for cleaning and renovations, which I will report are well under way and should be a big improvement when finished. I was surprised how much the species diversity has changed without the crowds of people and stocking of the lake. The crowds of widgeons aren’t there, though it’s possible they’ll show up later in the year. Still, I was a good hike.
I hope you enjoy this post. I’m going to do some painting before I take the kittens to the vet for a shot. Don’t say anything, okay?