Two wildlife refuges, Indian Heaven, and trying to keep up with fall colors, Sept-Oct 2019

It has been a busy couple of weeks – a quilt show, a fiber festival, hikes at two wildlife refuges and Indian Heaven Wilderness. Meanwhile, the Mac hard drive is off at the Genius repair shop. I am learning blog work-arounds via iPad.

Friday, September 27 – I attended the Northwest Quilt Expo, admired all the quilts and photographed many. This vintage Tile Friendship Quilt (circa 1900, maker unknown) from the Latimer Quilt Museum, was very interesting. Seemingly random shapes are appliquéd to a plain background, each signed by a different maker in true Friendship Quilt style. It looks very modern, but it is old and entirely hand stitched!

I bought a few fat eighths to add to a batik quilt in my mental UFO list.

Sunday, September 29 -I visited the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, Oregon, just long enough to buy a lighter weight spindle and more fiber to practice drop spinning.

Then we went to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, our first visit there, and walked around the perimeter. Not many birds have arrived yet, but there are great overlooks and a nice winter trail for future visits. (Hike#44, 3.6 miles)

Great Blue Heron

Hawthorne berries

Looking across the refuge – soon this will be flooded with water and birds.

Great Blue Heron on the return trail.

Saturday, October 5 – We went to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington during their season closing bird fest. We walked the Kiwa Trail and part of the newly opened Carty Lake trail, and also went inside the Chinook Plankhouse to look around. (Hike#45, 3.2 miles)


Sand Hill Cranes

Sand Hill Cranes in flight.

Great Horned Owl

Carty Lake

Chinook plank house

Inside the plankhouse.

Chinook Salmon trap

Sunday, October 6 – We joined friends for a hike in Indian Heaven Wilderness – from the East Crater trailhead to Junction and Lemei Lakes. Late fall colors, thawed mushrooms and blueberries, very pretty. (Hike#46, 8.8 miles, 1000 feet)

East Crater beyond one of many small lakes along the trail.

Junction Lake

Lemei Rock

Lemei Lake

Neighborhood walks – Meanwhile, in Northeast Portland, the days grow shorter, the light angles lower, the leaves more colorful.

Katsura trees


Neighborhood witches hunting…

More witches…

Ash trees reflected in nearby windows.

Rain chain shadows

Knitting – I am making progress on my Meris cardigan….

31. Sauvie Island: Looking for Sand Hill Cranes

Wapato Greenway Trail     November 11, 2017     (#54)

I felt lucky to use a brief dry weather window for a trip to Sauvie Island despite the cold in my head and a rainy weekend. We had heard there are sandhill cranes and snow geese, though many of the trails are closed for hunters. We saw and heard a few cranes off of Reeder Road, but a gunshot chased them away before we could get a good look.


From near the bird blind on Reeder Road

We saw another crane in a wet field on Sauvie island Road. We decided to walk the Wapato Greenway loop trail down to Multnomah Channel.




Virginia Lakes


Dock, Multnomah Channel


The highlight was a white egret in Virginia Lakes.



The egret is the tiny white speck in the foliage at left of center


Closer view of white egret in red foliage

We also saw Canada geese, smaller birds, a few hawks, lots of interesting foliage, clouds and reflections.

This was a new walk for us, but I am sure we will be back. 2.5 miles

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Since I didn’t get a any pictures of the Sand Hill Cranes at Sauvie Island, I am posting this photo from last March near Burns, Oregon.


Sand Hill Crane near Burns, Oregon, March 2017