Saturday in the park, I think it was the 21st of March… sorry, old Chicago song reference there. Anyway, these people had the right idea on Saturday, taking their dogs for a walk amongst the pretty spring trees.
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!
The rather large trees (I think they’re maples) at the Neitling section of Pioneer Park were looking pretty a few days ago. They’d lost part of their leaves, but were still full of color.
That white bit in the bottom right-hand corner (not the sign, but the other white stuff) is the Jordan Bridge, of which I posted a picture yesterday.
I’m still trying to find trees with autumn-colored leaves, but the trees just aren’t cooperating yet. This big tree in the Neitling Park section of Pioneer Park is starting to turn, so here’s a wee bit of autumn.
It’s going to be raining for the rest of the week, apparently, so my autumn leave hunt will likely be on hold until the weather clears.
Just as the title says, I have been waiting for these trees to bloom at Pioneer Park so I could get this shot of the Jordan Bridge. I’ve done similar photos before (see: Dreaming, Invitation, and This Is Why I’m Here), but I think I like this one the best. And when I do it again next year, I’ll probably think the same thing, and I’ll look back at this one and wonder why I didn’t do better. Okay, I’ve already started doing that. But it will be worse a year from now.
Guest photographer Terri Jo Adams took a walk through the Nietling Park area of Pioneer Park, and took this lovely tree blossom image, despite a threat to her very life and limb. Her description:
I was at the park and saw the trees all in bloom. Gorgeous. I thought I would get out of the truck and stand under the trees and take a shot of them looking skyward through their branches and blossoms. Good plan. Almost made it out of the truck when I remembered what usually (always) goes hand in hand with blossoms – BEES. Yikes. Shut the door. Got my breathing back to normal-ish. Then I thought I would take a picture for you (from INSIDE the vehicle) of the thousands of bees that were buzzing about all over the trees. I took 170 photos of those blasted trees and cannot spot ONE bee in ANY of them. Apparently they are faster than my camera … and they are camera shy (?) However, while reviewing the photos in search of bees, I spotted something that was quite a surprise to me – something I didn’t see with my eyes …. a hummingbird sitting on the branch of one of the trees. Wow. I am still shocked, I had no idea it was even there. You can see in the 2nd photo – his back is visible as he is flying through the branches (see photo 3 – no back – same branches). Then in the 4th photo – there he is – like he’d been there all along! They’re sneaky like that. It was a delightful end to my be-lemma (see? I made it funny -whew).
Here’s the hummingbird she mentioned:
Thanks, Terri Jo!
Here’s a shot of some random person riding their bike along the path at Neitling Park.
Are you following Stayton Daily Photo on Facebook? I am, but it would be weird if I didn’t, since it’s my page and all. The page recently hit 300 likes, which isn’t bad for a small niche site like this one. Thanks to all who have liked the page.
I went by Neitling Park (was is the official designation of that part — is it a separate park, or is it part of Pioneer Park? I don’t know). The two parks (or one park), which are side-by-side (or all together) has a new disc golf course, which involves Frisbees, throwing, and goals like the one you see in the photo.
My friend Theresa Smith (she of D’Tail Dog Grooming, on the right) was there with her husband and friends, plus the adorable Mr. Wilson (the golden retriever dog, that is, though all the guys were quite handsome).
I have to confess I didn’t think the disc golfing thing would get used, but in the short time I was at the park(s), I saw three separate groups using the course. That’s what I get for thinking. I do try to avoid it.
Guest photographer John Brandt found these hanging birdseed feeders on the trees along a path at Pioneer Park. He was wondering about them…
These things are hanging from most of the trees lining everybody’s favorite walkway in Pioneer Park. My source for bird lore says our birds don’t like the red things in these bird cookies anyway. I’m thinking of taking a nibble myself just to see for myself. I do applaud the impulse however…
I don’t have the foggiest idea of how to properly feed birds. I’ve looked it up in the past and just ended up confused. Interesting subject. Thanks, John!