Category Archives: Nature

Bike Ride

“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ …
‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.’”
—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Sunday has proven to be a glorious day…no rain…no snow!

So Hubby and I took some time out to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Old Kettle Falls

We packed up the bikes and headed over to Old Kettle for a bit of exercise.

Old Kettle Falls

This is one of our favorite recreational areas and we are blessed to live nearby.

Old Kettle Falls

There are interesting markers that describe the old town, but for today, we simply rode our bikes and enjoyed a bit of nature, rather than exploring the town history (a fun thing to do as there are remnants of the town and it is easy to imagine what life may have been like).

Old Kettle Falls

Old Kettle Falls still has residents, such as this squirrel, who was having lunch.

Old Kettle Falls

Old Kettle Falls

Old Kettle Falls

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”

John Burroughs

More Columbia River Time

This morning, Hubby and I took advantage of having one more day off together.  We took a little paddling jaunt on the Columbia River, near our home.

Columbia River

We both had trouble adjusting our little pocket cameras, so as beautiful as the morning was, our photos don’t do it justice at all!

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

We were right under the eagle, but looking into the sun at him (or her).  And, as I said, it just wasn’t a camera day for either of us.

Columbia River

It was wonderful to see the national mascot on Independence Day!

Columbia River

Hubby is tying down the canoe for the trip home.  Hopefully, we’ll have more opportunities to take it out this summer.

It has been a great couple of days off!

Click here to see a 4th of July canoe paddle from 2012.  The photos are better (and different) and there is a link in the post featuring a little history of the town of Marcus.

Click here to see a September post of a canoe paddle on the Columbia River from 2014.  Enjoy more beautiful scenic photos!

 

Little Twin Lakes

Sunday was a gorgeous day, so Hubby and I packed up a picnic lunch, and the canoe, and headed for Little Twin Lakes.

The area is primitive and remote.  The access washboard dirt road is narrow and about 6 miles.

But so worth the trip!

Beautiful and serene!

Little Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Happy birthday USA!

 

Western Flycatchers

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake

Just thought I would share a photo of the new babies nesting next to my front porch light.  Enjoy!

Western Flycatchers

Hubby took this photo for me.

If you’d like to see more photos from previous year’s of this same Western Flycatcher pair, simply do a search for Western Flycatchers in the Search on the left side bar of this blog.

Western Flycatchers Grow Up

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

 

Western Flycatchers

06-30-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-01-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-01-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers Empty Nest

07-12-2015

 

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly

Western Flycatchers are Back

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched!

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched!

Western Flycatchers

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly

Western Flycatchers are Back

 

Western Flycatchers are Back

[T]hese flowers, so fragrant, grew
And the birds and bees sipped sweet nectar
From the sparkling, morning dew.
God has blessed all beauties of Nature;
He’s set His approval and seal
On all of His small, winged messengers
That fly through the air with such zeal.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Honeysuckle” (1940s)

For the third year in a row, the western flycatchers have chosen to nest next to the front door to the house.

I love that they trust us enough to come back year after year. 

I love watching the little family grow.

The parents built up the nest:

Flycatcher Nest

There will be four siblings this year:

Flycatcher Nest

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly