This is a photo of the Santiam River at the south end of town, looking east, just past the overpass near the boat ramp. It’s a cute little river. I tend to think a lot of things are cute, though. I’ve been noticing a trend.
I seem to be on a duck kick lately (see also: Duck Duck Duck Duck Duck Dog and Pretty Duck. I spotted these lovely ladies swimming around in the water off of Water St. yesterday. I tried to get some decent photos, but they weren’t inclined hold still, so this is the best I can get.
I think these might be female Common Merganser ducks (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). It was unusual for me to see something other than mallards, though I know there are other kinds of ducks around.
Guest Photographer Terri Jo Adams spotted something I had no clue lived here in Stayton — an albino squirrel at Pioneer/Neitling Park. Her description:
Ok, now I KNOW the picture’s grainy and blurry, but it’s the best I could do at the time with my puny point-and-shoot camera. If anybody else who has access to BETTER photographic equipment than I, I’d LOVE to have a better photo of this amazing critter. Yes, it’s really an albino squirrel – and I spotted it today at Pioneer Park in Stayton. John Brandt lives nearby, he may have more opportunities to spot the lil guy than others might. Seeing this made my jaw drop – I’ve never seen an albino squirrel before … ain’t life grand? !!!
Here’s a shot of it from further away:
I am going to have to stalk the part to see if I can get a shot of it myself. Thanks, Terri Jo!
I was down at Pioneer Park yesterday taking pictures of some mallard ducks, when this dog decided to go for a bit of a swim. The ducks didn’t seem too concerned, and the dog was perfectly happy to leave the ducks alone, and left the water when its owner called it.
It reminds me of a photo by guest photographer Maryann Nielson I posted a little while back of a dog chasing a duck.
I will probably post another photo of the ducks in a day or two, because ducks are cute.
Guest photographer and resident awesome firefighter Matt Aalto sent along this beautiful images his wife, Tami, took down at the pedestrian bridge off of Florence St. His description:
Hi Celine! My wife Tami took this photo [the day before] yesterday as we took our boxer Leila for a walk at the wilderness park. There was a decent amount of fog that day but it wasn’t too cold to get some quality time in. On our way back to the truck, we were both mentioning how cool the reflection looked in the water and the next thing I know she has the camera out. Here’s the result!
I love it! Thanks, Matt and Tami!
Yesterday was pretty foggy. So I went out and took this photo last night to show some of it. See it up there? That’s fog. In case you didn’t know. And the lights? Those are lights. Car headlight and taillights, plus some street lights. Do you want me to diagram it? Because I’m not going to.
This was taken on Fern Ridge Rd., near where it meets 10th Ave. For those interested, this is a 50 sec. exposure, shot at f/22 and 100 ISO.
Well, maybe not so much with the ‘happy.’ More like ‘meh.’
Someone drew this face on the side of the children’s riding horse thing at the Safeway grocery store on 1st Ave. For context, here’s a more overall shot:
I’m not a fan of marking up others’ property. In fact, I think it’s downright stupid. But that didn’t stop me from taking pictures and posting it here. At least this bit of graffiti is easily cleaned.