Walk, watch (and snap a photo)

We take a walk every day. Maybe it’s just our slower pace these days, but we’re finding more interesting sights worth a stop and second look. Eugene, Oregon is a fine place for walking – with parks of all kinds and yards with gardens and towering, old trees.

Our cameras are always with us, ready to capture the moment.

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Is this stage in a flower’s life as beautiful as the blooming flower?

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A steady stream of joggers passed us as we walked on a park path. Joe stopped and asked, “Do you see what I’m seeing?” We stood quietly, waited, and watched as tiny little bushtits ferried food back and forth to their woven nest. (Do you see the long and hanging nest in the center of the photo?)

We walked through hazelnut groves at the Dorris Ranch Living Historical Farm.

We walked through hazelnut groves at the Dorris Ranch Living Historical Farm.

We saw this 2.5’ long snake dart across our path. What was it? We got home and looked it up: a (non-poisonous) Pacific gopher snake.

We saw this 2.5’ long snake dart across our path. What was it? We got home and looked it up: a (non-poisonous) Pacific gopher snake.

We’d never heard of an oak savannah, but the Mt Pisgah Arboretum introduced us to one. Quite simply, it’s an oak forest in grasslands, maintained by fire ecology. In the US they were the perfect habitat for elk, bison, and deer. Not surprisingly, oak savannahs have been reduced in numbers and size over the years.

We’d never heard of an oak savannah, but the Mt Pisgah Arboretum introduced us to one. Quite simply, it’s an oak forest in grasslands, maintained by fire ecology. In the US they were the perfect habitat for elk, bison, and deer. Not surprisingly, oak savannahs have been reduced in numbers and size over the years.

We drove out to Fern Ridge Reservoir and spent the day walking by the large ponds. We stopped to hear frogs in a loud chorus. The birds seemed to quiet down (in appreciation?) as the frogs vocalized. A killdeer in the center of the trail made us walk off the path and well around her as she guarded her twig nest with eggs.

Just as we were leaving, American white pelicans appeared like shining stars in the sky. Each time they turned, the sun reflected off their white feathers to create a dazzling effect.

Just as we were leaving, American white pelicans appeared like shining stars in the sky. Each time they turned, the sun reflected off their white feathers to create a dazzling effect.

When we finished our daily afternoon walk, we were happy to arrive back at our lovely AirBnB cottage, with flowers gracing the entry.

Buddha quietly greeted us, sitting in the shade of the tree not far from the door.

Buddha quietly greeted us, sitting in the shade of the tree not far from the door.

We enjoyed our walks and the interesting sightings. True, some places are a bit more photogenic than others, but we can discover a surprising number of remarkable things to see when we take time to look.

 

June 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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5 Responses to Walk, watch (and snap a photo)

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  2. I’ve learned that I need to look up and look down when I’m walking, so I don’t miss the little things. I would have run a mile from that snake though, poisonous or not poisonous, I don’t like snakes!

  3. icelandpenny says:

    This is magic. I love what you notice, & how you notice. I’m struck too by the way each person focuses on their own interests, & (necessarily, I think) tunes out much else. My partner & I once chatted with a birder in Point Pelee park, & commented on all the types of trees, wildflowers & little woodland creatures. He blinked i amazement: he’d noticed only birds. (But ‘way more birds than we did.) I especially love your dandelion fluff photo.

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