A Day At Da Refuge With Julie, Part One

Graphic Intensive! Because I go overboard with photos at the refuge.

Because Julie’s mom has Alzheimer’s and lives with Julie and Orvill, and because it is a wearying life for Julie, last month, when Donna was with Julie’s brother for the weekend, I kidnapped Julie for some R & R. I knew she’d like to see the wildlife refuge, so one Saturday morning, February 23rd, off we went.

We met at Hawaiian Beanz for lattés first, of course. That’s a given. Then we hopped gently climbed into my car so as not to spill our coffees and off we went.

Our first stop was Parkrose Hardware in Northeast Portland; we both love hardware stores, and we had a good time wandering through the huge store.

Next, we drove up the freeway to our exit; I deliberately didn’t take Highway 510, the direct route, in order to wander a couple of backroads on our way to Ridgefield. We were glad we did; at this place, we saw these:

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Wat? Cows? Horses? Nope!

Try look!

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Yep! Mule deer!

We left the deer and drove down a side road to see this:

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It was kinda at the entrance to some high maka maka, fancy kine place.

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We headed back along the way we’d come, and got some better deer photos.

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They really were beautiful.

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We saw a neat barn.

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We drove down into a really wooded area, and saw these trees with ferns growing out of them!

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The way the sunlight came in through the trees highlighted the ferns.

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Here’s a close-up.

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So nani this road.

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We drove into the refuge, paid the minimal fee, and began our slow meandering.The first bird we saw was this lovely egret.

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He was munching on something right at the creek’s edge.

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He moved slowly, and with such grace. I love watching his feeties lift up and touch down.

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This bird was so lovely. I bet it was really a wahine egret.

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We saw Canada Geese on the grass, searching for stuffs to munch on.

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And others lining up on the lake to get to where their friends were.

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They were very orderly about it. No one left the line till they got to the grass.

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There’s a small passageway between the first lake, the second tiny lake, and the grass which was their goal.

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The geese moved gracefully in line through the passageway.

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Stay tuned for Part Two, in which we get some wonderful Blue Heron photos!

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3 Responses to A Day At Da Refuge With Julie, Part One

  1. AFK says:

    Yay! More animal postings!

  2. Jenny says:

    The ferns growing on the sides of the trees are so pretty! Mahalo for sharing your photos.

  3. Kikue Mugen says:

    How I love all the animals. You are such a wonderful friend to have. I can’t imagine what Julie felt when you took the time to make her smile like that. What a bonding for the two that must have been.

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