The Stayton Fire Department did a Fill The Boot fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association yesterday on the corner of 1st Ave. and Washington St. They raised at least $5000, which is awesome. Firefighters are awesome. The people who donated are awesome.
I took a bunch of photos, so peruse the thumbnails below and click on them to see them larger. All of them are captioned, and may even be somewhat accurate, but no promises.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes brings us this little beauty:
I see a few trilliums are now in bloom in the woods. There doesn’t seem to be near a many as in years past. Last year I saw a few pink ones but none so far this year. The rain has been hard on them, many are flat on the ground. Lots of other wildflowers are starting to bloom now so I’ll grab some shots of them too.
Guest photographer Tom Miller brings us another beautiful photo. His description:
Pulsatilla, also known as pasque flowers (read more about it on Wikipedia).
It is a beautiful flower but it is also highly toxic.
This maple tree was being removed on the corner of 3rd Ave. and Marion St. when I happened by yesterday. I think it’s part of the city’s effort to repair sidewalks in the downtown area, though I’m not sure.
Right now, there’s some information about the sidewalk repairs on StaytonEvents.com (content on that site changes all the time, so it will be replaced eventually). A quick summary: they are removing trees whose roots are damaging sidewalks, and the removed trees will be replaced.
I’m sad to see that tree go. It was always good for autumn leaves photos each year, and it was just a gorgeous tree.
A couple of other photos of the tree removal are below. Click on each of them to see them larger.
This is why I love spring — it’s so danged colorful. The bright pink trees in front of the Jordan Bridge at Pioneer Park couldn’t have been prettier yesterday.
I took a similar photo last year, but from further back along the path.
Guest photographer Tom Miller has taken another beautiful photo to share with us today. His description:
I ran into this old tin jewel up in the Drift Creek area.
Now, I’ve seen my share of old buildings with a tin can covering a knot hole or two.
But this place looks like things just got way out of hand, probably cheaper to just tack them on the building than haul them off to the dump.
This crow was hanging out on a railing in the parking lot at Santiam Hospital on 10th Ave. yesterday. He/she was cool with me being around if I didn’t get too close. That is why it’s not the sharpest photo… he/she was pretty far away, and my telephoto lens kind of sucks. Still, it came out better than I thought it would.
More spring tree blossoms for today. I think I took this at Neitling Park, but I’m not completely sure of that. This is a photo I really wish I’d shot horizontally, to get more of that bokeh (the blurriness in the background), but I didn’t realize how it would come out at the time.