Morning in the Neighborhood

by Steve, November 25th, 2012

Multnomah Falls’ younger cousin

by Steve, November 25th, 2012

Nature Church has a new sanctuary

by Steve, November 23rd, 2012

Found a new Nature Church sanctuary in the neighborhood. I’m going there all week. Peace out.

Purple days

by Steve, November 9th, 2012

Fly Amanita

by Steve, November 8th, 2012

Warning: do not eat!

Tualatin River Diaries, Days 4 & 5

by Steve, November 6th, 2012

River Mile 7.3 – 11.2

2012 Tualatin River Paddle Map

(Click for full-size view)

We just hung up the canoe for the season, a couple wishful weeks after our last weekend of good paddling weather. Our final days took us back to Tigard’s Cook Park, the same as day 1.

This time we headed downstream to the I-5 bridge. With the exception of one shallow section with some rocks to navigate (river mile 9.3, see map), this was the most unobstructed section of the Tualatin we had yet paddled.

The next day, we put in at the Rivergrove boat ramp (river mile 7.4), and paddled back up to the I-5 bridge. Heading back, we decided to continue downstream on a broadest, straightest, most unobstructed stretch of the river we paddled, to the Lake Oswego Canal (just west of Wanker’s Corner, where we’ll start next srping).

Note to future self: This stretch of the river was our favorite so far. (But we’ve still got several miles to explore!)

Autumn in Oregon

by Steve, November 4th, 2012

I think I still owe a Tualatin River Diaries entry for our last 2 days of paddling this year. That will have to wait. Meanwhile here are some Autumn nature pics from Z and Steve’s Church of Nature (meets every weekend at a green space near us).

Yesterday, we went to “Newt Day” at Tualatin Hills Nature park. (Sun rise is from earlier this week.)
Autumn Sunrise on Mt. Hood
Rough Skinned Newt
Forest Pimeval
Snake on fall leaf litter
Teeny-tiny slug
Fibonacci forest tunnel
Red tree