Posts Tagged ‘Crystal Springs

26
Apr
20

Have a peaceful day…

Crystal Springs below Reed Lake in Southeast Portland (Oregon)

06
Nov
19

Stream survey for salmon…

A stroll up Crystal Springs, in Portland, looking for signs of Coho Salmon spawning…usually spawned out/dead fish or possibly still on the redd. Crystal Springs comes out of a hillside up by my house, runs into a man made lake (Reed Lake) and the continues out for a few miles to Johnson Creek, which dumps into the larger Willamette River, a major tributary of the mighty Columbia River. Efforts have been ongoing for several years to improve habitat along the stream for returning Coho. In our region, Coho are also called Silvers.

28
Feb
16

Brook & Bridge

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26
Aug
15

lush, little staircase…

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21
Aug
15

a little waterfall splashing…

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26
Feb
15

mental balm…

nature’s beauty draws

my attention and wonderment

why does it soothe so

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02
Feb
15

Let it flow….

“Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.”   C.S. Lewis

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21
Feb
14

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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21
Feb
14

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. 

09
Apr
11

Reed Canyon & Fish? (Inner City Discovery)

My 93 y/o aunt lives adjacent to Reed Canyon and the headwaters of Crystal Springs. I never paid  much attention. So, recently I was driving her to an appointment and what did I see but an obvious habitat improvement project. But, why there? I did a little query and what do you know, a fish habitat story worth following: The Reed Canyon Restoration Project

“Between 1973 and 1993, four population inventories found 16 species of fish from eight different families in Reed Lake. These included: Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (juveniles and adults); Steelhead and/or Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (juveniles and adults); Cutthroat Trout, Oncorhynchus clarki (juveniles and adults)…”

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It will be interesting to followup on this project over time to see if a safe passage way can be established/maintained.




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