Hop, hop, hopping among the cadaver flowers

And if you go chasing rabbits

And you know you’re going to fall

Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar

Has given you the call.

Cool and drizzly on the last day of June it was. A good time to do the 4 1/2 mile loop hike in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park a few miles west of home in the heart of the city of Beaverton. The 222-acre Park surrounds the confluence of Cedar Mill Creek and Beaverton Creek.

It is a remarkably diverse wildlife preserve with wetlands, forests, ponds and streams. The trails’ names tell the story – – – Oak, Creek, Old Wagon, Vine Maple, Big Fir, Cougar, Chickadee, Cedar Grove, Ash, Serviceberry, Big Pond, Trillium Loop and Ponderosa Loop.

The highlights of the hike were spotting a bunny and seeing many cadaver flowers (Indian pipe). Always a pleasant place to visit.

Cadaver flower


Pleasant walkway over a boggy area



Cottontail rabbit

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  1. Great photos. Lately on my bike rides I see a ton of young rabbits. Had one shoot across in front me the other night and I dang near hit him. That’s all I need to get wiped out by a baby cottontail. 🙂

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