Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Nature Trail

Super Bowl Sunday brought broken clouds and sun to our area, so Mr. Squash and I decided to take a little nature walk together. We drove up to the dam that siphons runoff from the Blue Mountains through our town via a series of Army Corps of Engineers diversions and spillways. It makes for some lovely vistas in and out of town. There is also a wonderful walking/bike trail around this part of the area.

The first thing we saw was this huge Blue Heron. If you click on the picture below he is to the left of center hunkering down in the tall grass.

Here is part of the spillway below the dam.
We walked past a small farm that had a lot of old equipment stored to the back of the property. Click on the picture below and you'll see that the farmer named his old tractor - "Granny"!!

Here we are behind the dam. This part of the path leads to the reservoir above town. You can see that the spillway leading to the reservoir is dry - we aren't sure why at this time of the year. I thought it looked a little surreal with the bare concrete in amongst the beautiful landscape.
This is the marshy area directly behind the dam. We have had extraordinarily warm weather here - they say we are in an El Nino pattern. It's only February, yet you can see the color of buds beginning to sprout on the bushes and trees!
Finally, here is the view of the dam from the front. The only water coming through right now is to the far right below that boxy looking structure, but it's enough to fill up Mill Creek and keep it running swiftly!
I have been invited to a meeting of the local quilt guild tonight! I asked if picture-taking was allowed - and it is! So I hope to have a fun post for you next time!

12 comments:

CJ said...

Oh, that sounds like my kind of day Candace! I love "granny", LOL Too cute!

Have fun tonight and get some great pictures!

Carrie P. said...

Even though it is winter those pictures are still very pretty. Have fun at the guild. I know you will make lots of new friends.
And I just have to say a big THANK YOU!!!! My package came yesterday and what a great surprise. I just never expected the hoops to be so amazing. The largest one is fantastic. I have want to take up rug hooking and this will be great to hold my fabric. Thanks for all the other things too. We all loved the chocolate. Had to share with hubby and daughter. Thanks so much. Check out my blog for a giveaway too.

Stephanie said...

Granny...that's funny. A farmer with a sense of humor. Such a serene place to walk. Can't wait to see photos from the guild meeting. Have fun.

Linda said...

Loved today's photo's. It's always so nice to see areas that we otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to. Hope you enjoy your guild meeting and meet lots of lovely locals.

Jackie said...

I love the pictures of your new surroundings! It looks like a beautiful day for a walk. We've had a lot of gray and rainy days. I'm looking forward to hearing about your new guild.

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh...new friends tonight! Do tell and glad you can share photos.

Ulla said...

Your pictures are like lovely watercolours. The shapes and colours are soft and beautiful.

Darlene said...

A fun day, indeed.

Kaaren said...

Have fun at your guild meeting. What fun...and the anticipation of making new friends with a common interest. What fun. Take lots of pictures.

*karendianne. said...

Neat photo of the Blue Heron. Looking forward to hearing how the Guild meeting went. :)

Cindy said...

And before long, all those pics will be green with Spring right around the corner. I love pics of places people live, where they travel and surrounding areas. Maybe that's why I enjoy road trips so much.

Look forward to your quilt quild photos.

Mary said...

Do all those beautiful pictures mean you didn't have to sit through the Super Bowl???