Archive for February 21st, 2014


Photography: The Mallards & the Goose Visiting

photography-birds-ducks-goose-swittersb-reed lakeThe men are talking and the lady, seemingly bored, was snoozing through the entire visit


Nature: Habitat Efforts-Reed Lake

photography-crystal springs-headwaters-portland-nature-swittersbCrystal Springs: Tucked away in a fragile nook in the city, this little rivulet of water springs out of a hillside in a residential area, forms a small pool or pond and then seeps out toward a beautiful, long ‘lake’ (Reed Lake) that is home to waterfowl, a few weary fish and all manner of furtive wildlife. 

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A Hike: Historic Apple Tree, A Great Project

I decided to explore the headwaters of a small stream that provides habitat to waterfowl and some fish. Crystal Springs ultimately flows into the Willamette River (via Johnson Creek), but not until it flows through Reed Gulch. It is a special, fragile place wedged between residences and Reed College. Today, I noticed a very small plaque and a wired off fragile looking planting.

photography-nature-trees-apple-history-swittersbI took some photos and when I got home I decided to research The Old Apple Tree Project and made a very pleasant discovery of some history. The Old Apple Tree Project flows from a grant provided by Awesome Portland ($1000.) 

The project entailed taking twelve cuttings from what is believed to be the oldest apple tree in the Pacific NW (1826…..a great story here) and grafting them to form 12 plantings around the Portland/Vancouver area to perpetuate the original tree’s genetics.

Apple seeds from London, via a lady who saved the seeds from a baked apple pie served at a farewell dinner for a soldier; she tucked them into that soldier’s vest pocket and asked him to plant them when he arrived around the world. The seeds were indeed planted by Dr. McLoughlin (Hudson Bay Company) on behalf of the soldier near a stockade on what is now Vancouver, Washington. 170 years later the tree had survived many mishaps, but the above project will carry on the tree’s heritage.

I enjoyed finding this small planting in a not so visible spot today. It even looks to be near what was is an old orchard of some sort. 


Forestry Friday … Of Trees and Dogs

A noble effort at reforestation and a very touching sequence of images involving man’s best friends….Tempus Futig…by Tim Livingston


When I was a reforestation forester, the district I worked on had about 2,600 acres burn in the Gun II Fire. The fire burned over 60,000 acres in total. It was my responsibility to implement the reforestation on our 2,600 acres.

Tree planting, wildfire, fire restoration Planting trees in the Gun II Burn.

As an artist, I paint on a small canvas. As a forester, I paint on a big one. After a large wildfire, the landscape canvas can be huge. Reforestation on this scale is a lot of work.  It’s very gratifying knowing I had a hand in starting this new forest. Each year when I return, the trees are a little bigger. I picked up and carried every box of trees, hundreds of thousands of trees.

Below are four photo point pictures showing how this canvas has changed over time. I had a few of my friends help demonstrate how big the trees…

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Nature & the Dragon Fly: Amazing

The ever inspiring Marc Fauvet at Limp Cobra presented this Vimeo vid by Andy Holt. I was so inspired by it for a multitude of reasons: photography, videography, nature, fly fishing presentation, fly tying, habitat, entomology. If you are into insects, macro photography, fly fishing, the outdoors then you need to watch it! Even you photo buffs who focus on urban lines and rock scapes will enjoy this effort by Andy Holt. Please give it a watch and enjoy.

photography-dragon nymph-Andy Holt-fly fishing-SwittersBI took this screen shot during the Andy Holt Vimeo and the detail is remarkable. For the fly tier, the clarity for tying is exciting. The eye structure, the abdomen shape and ribbing lead to the possibilities of materials and flash/segmentation. The legs, darker backstrap are equally important. I have always been enamored with Dragonfly Nymphs as a fly pattern option in stillwaters. 

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