Walk Around West Moreland Park

Boy, did we get a beautiful day! Perfect for snapping pix, and I did go a bit wild, snapping over 30 pix before we were done with our walk.

There are all these little bridges crossing the creek that comes of the shallow lake at the end, birds, ducks and geese are everywhere.  We even saw a Anna’s Hummingbird making its funny noise and doing its dive bombing technique for us.

West Moreland Park is one of those places you whiz by on 99E to and from Portland and you see the edge of it and keep saying to yourself, “I need to take a walk there.” And you say it to yourself for approx 2 or 3 years before you finally Just Do It.

And then when you get there you repeatedly say to yourself, “this is lovely, why didn’t I come here sooner?”

The park has lovely walkways all around, and hosts what is probably the worlds only casting pond in a city park.  Some Portland business man that wanted to practice his (fishing) casting and not have to drive too far from the city had it put in.  It also hosts those little dragon boat races.  Its things like casting ponds in city parks and outdoor municipal elevators that I like about living here.

Here you can see the edges of the casting platforms that are spaced evenly around the pond, presumably so each person can cast without getting tangled up with another persons.

The Promontory Walk

Last week Jeff and I parked at the old Armory on John Adams Ave, for you local folks, and walked up the bluff on a long ago closed road that goes up to Promontory Avenue. 

This cross marks Promontory Ave, its been there a long time.  Don’t know the story behind it.  We continued walking the the bluff trail a little ways, just to see where it goes, but it clearly went on far longer than we were prepared to go, so we turned around and said we’d save it for another day.  Curiously, the bluff trail cuts thru some peoples yards, and it feels a bit strange walking those bits.   I guess you’d have to be prepared to see people walking thru your yard all the time if you lived there.

It was very pretty, and pretty steep, our calf muscles really felt this walk!

Jeff is a great companion to take a walk with, he studied geology in college and he is always sharing his vast storehouse of naturalist knowledge with me.  He also know birds, plants and trees pretty darn well too.

On this walk, he pointed out the many old volcanic activities, we saw lots of basalt and lava in various forms.  Here are some basalt columns, that have broken off the bluff and fallen over on their side.

The whole forest is covered with large boulders which are in turn covered with ivy and moss and it all looks very LOTR (Lord of the Rings) like in there. I swear, I saw something moving!

I huffed and puffed my way to the top, and over the broken off bits of road, all the while wondering when I’m going to start (physically) showing any effects of all these walks.

Yes, this is the road!

At the same time, I am enjoying the deep leafy green shade, and am assured of an awesome view at the top.

Is it worth it? Yes, unquestionably, Yes!
and then, we have to walk back down.

A Snow Walk

Chris and I took a walk around the block.

chris in snow

Well, that’s all the longer I lasted…

snow play snow play snow play

Chris stayed and played with Kevin’s boys, because he’s a boy too.

chris posing w/fire hydrant

And always will be.

Meanwhile,  I am off taking the artsy pix:

snow berries roses in the snow pine branch in snow

(remember you can always click on the pix to biggify)

and then I came home and played with photo editing on a couple of pix

just to see what would happen if  I did this or that

this

this

or that

or that

and than I played with hue saturation

and colors

this

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or that

or that

The “this” is the original, untouched photo

The “that” is the edited version in Photoshop Elements 6 (thanks to Dadcat)

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