Archive for January, 2014

Tryon Creek State Park

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Near Lake Oswego, Oregon, lies an urban treasure, Tryon Creek State Park.  Almost 700 acres of preserved forest around Tryon Creek, a stream protected for Steelhead and Salmon, it is easily accessible. The only Oregon State Park within a major urban area, Tryon has many walking paths and holds numerous treasures of a typical forest in the Willamette ecosystem. About ten minutes from where my Mother lives, I had a wonderful walk yesterday for several hours, exploring a few of the wonders. Below are some examples of what I found.

 Transformed Stump

 

Moss Sculpture

 

Ferns on the Tree

 

 Moss and Ferns

 

Like a Rain Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle Sunset

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Sunday I arrived in Seattle after leaving freezing rain in Philadelphia.  It was a beautiful sunny day here so after checking in to my hotel I walked a few blocks to the Space Needle.   Having been to Seattle numerous times this was my first time to go up and get the wonderful 360 degree views of the city and surrounding mountain ranges. I could not have had a greater reward-clear views in all directions to Mount Rainier, to Mount Baker, to the Olympics and a colorful sunset.  Below are a few choice shots.

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Skyline at Sunset

Seattle Sunset Looking South

Seattle Sunset Looking North

Seattle Skyline at Dusk