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Apr
14

The Corset & Color Pops!

Sorry if you were expecting to see an unrestrained torso. But these photos, if not delicious, are interesting to the outdoor enthusiast. Often, you see these plastic mesh corsets or sleeves that protect young saplings that are prone to the gnawing teeth of beavers near marshlands and waterways.

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Once the tree grows to survive, the mesh pops open as tree, in this case an Alder, expands onward. Yes, it does have similarities to a woman’s torso (alright and a few men as well). 

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This time of year, in the wetland/marshland habitat, the grasses and weeds mostly have a vibrant green. There is still the old vegetation/leaves/downed branches, that died down over the cold Winter. It all combines into lots of a green/brown/tan decay palette. So when you see the clusters of color amidst nature’s basic palette they really pop to the eye.

I am not well versed with plant life in the wilds. So, I don’t know if something is a colorful, natural ‘weed’ or inadvertently/intentionally introduced by man/bird. But, this time of year, any color outside the maintained flower beds and pots is appealing to me. 

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OK, I guess I owe you corset lovers something (here)

14
Apr
14

Reflections & Life

“We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.” David Levithan

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Henry David Thoreau

“…real childhood scars heal, but not when band-aids replace self-reflection.” Cameron Conaway

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14
Apr
14

Willamette Valley Turtles….unknown to me

If you have followed along with SwittersB, you know I am capable of acknowledging my ignorance or at least displaying it. Today, I had a short time slot to kill before visiting the dentist. I had my camera and a lens I rarely use (Canon 18-55mm…the basic lens the camera came with). I intended to take some wildflower pics and happened upon a portion of the Columbia Slough (runs parallel to the Columbia River on Oregon side). I was standing there studying the water as I usually do. Suddenly I changed my gaze to the wooded debris in the slough and made, for me, a most remarkable discovery….turtles…dozens of good size turtles basking in the afternoon sun. 

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I tried to take photographs but the lens did not really afford me my usual ability to zoom in closer. I decided to move closer. It wasn’t as if I was aggressive about it, but all the turtles scurried from the log tops into the water as I approached. I wasn’t even close and they sensed my presence and were gone. Now the interesting part, for me, is I had no idea after years of exploring these waters that turtles even inhabited the area. How did I not know that? I have fished for Carp and Bass in these waters. I have photographed up and down the banks of this slough. Yet, not once in all the years had I ever seen a turtle nor thought they lived anywhere near. It just never occurred to me…turtles…hmmm?

Photography-Turtles-Columbia Slough-Portland--SwittersBThe lens was under powered but you get the idea with these fuzzy shots. It was a very pleasant discovery. I did a little research when I got home re turtles in the Portland, Oregon area and learned more. 

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14
Apr
14

Warning Signs: High Water

“Come hell or high water you will never take me back to the place I was before. I have been through too much to let life whoop me again. My faith is stronger than it’s ever been, my mind is more tenacious than it’s ever been, my soul is more absolute.” TD Jakes

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14
Apr
14

Many Happy Returns

“The goose that lays the golden egg likes to lay where there are eggs already.”  Charles Spurgeon

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14
Apr
14

The Garden’s Humorous Side

Twigga mortis

Gardenitus uncontrollius…Plantus unknownus…Bloomis notimus

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“Free Weeds…Pick ‘em” 

“Old Gardeners don’t die; they just go to pot”

 

14
Apr
14

Vines: Probing, Intruding, Prying………

“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines”

Frank Lloyd Wright (Chaotic Life of Design)

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