Sunday, May 31, 2009

Home for the Summer


Psuedopanax ferox: time for the Lancewood to come home for the Summer......One of my favorite plants is a New Zealand Lancewood that we've had for about 6 years. It grows about 2 feet a year & is approaching 12' now. Still no sign of a branch! Every winter I take it to work were it overwinters in the corner of a greenhouse then each Spring it comes home again.The trouble is it's approaching the height of the overhead telephone wires!

A Busy Bumble Bee

A Busy Bumblebee on a Sunday afternoon collecting nectar from this Silverbell

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Elevator Shaft to Nesika Lodge

The Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend Chiyoko & I headed out with Eric, Nancy & Karen from the Multnomah Falls Trail Head on a loop hike to Nesika Lodge by way of the abandoned Elevator Shaft Trail. We returned by way of the Franklin Ridge & Larch Mountain Trails.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Two more Waterfalls

Last Fridays Hike included 2 new Waterfalls for the Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge Gallery, Upper Bridal Veil Falls & Middle Bridal Veil Falls.

Bridal Veil Creek

The Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend Eric & I headed out to find 2 Falls on Bridal Veil Creek that don't have trails to them. First was Upper Bridal Veil Falls. This is fairly close to the Palmer Mill Road but does require a decent of about 500' through brush & undergrowth, then a short hike back upstream to the falls. After we were done here we returned to the Old Columbia Highway were it intersects with Bridal Veil Creek. We then headed up the creek on the west side for about 3/4 of a mile until we reached Middle Bridal Veil Falls. At times it was easier said than done.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Blue Jays

Blue Jay chicks have this curios habit of jumping or falling out of thier nest about a week before they can fly. They then hope around quite defenselessly as thier parents try to look after them & keep them out of trouble. It seems to be contrary to all the laws of good sence especially considering the numbers of cats that are around but since there are also more Blue Jays than you can shake a stick at I guess it works!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

3 More Falls


Last Sundays hike included 3 waterfalls I hadn't photographed before. The Wahkeenah Falls Necktie, Little Necktie Falls & Dutchman Falls. I've added them to our Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge Gallery.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The long way to Devils Rest.

Mothers Day 2009, Chiyoko, & I headed out with Nancy, Mariko & Jaclyn on a loop hike beginning at Wahkeena Falls, heading west to Angles Rest then by way of the Foxglove trail to Devils Rest, before returning to the Wahkeena Trail East of the Wahkeena Falls and then on down the Multnomah trail to Multnomah Falls. After an Ice cream break we headed back to Wahkeena Falls. We also took in two side trails one "lost" trail that heads to Little Necktie Falls & the hidden viewpoint at the top of Wahkeena Falls, the other we though was just the abandoned trail to the Monument Viewpoint. However on returning to the main trail we found the "Trail Closed" sign lying on the ground in the bushes!