Baskett Slough Visit


It was a beautiful late winter’s day near Salem. Why not visit the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge?

It’s a well-known location for folks looking for rare butterflies and wildflowers. But, I was a little early in the year for those treats.

There were thousands of noisy wintering geese in the fields below me. I headed up into the Oak Savannah area, eventually reaching the top of Baskett Butte.

While doing some off-trail hiking to the north I was able to approach closely a small group of  feeding blacktail deer, always a fun experience.

For an outing of less than two miles, it made for an interesting outing.

I was within 20 feet

I was within 20 feet

Asleep at the wheel

Asleep at the wheel

Egret

Egret

Why are they called Blacktail Deer?

Why are they called Blacktail Deer?

Indian Plum

Indian Plum

Trail heading up into the Oaks

Trail heading up into the Oaks

Up close and personal with a Blacktail Deer

Up close and personal with a Blacktail Deer – – – what nice eye lashes

Daffodil

Daffodil

Yearling Blacktail Deer near its mom

Yearling Blacktail Deer near its mom

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

 

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  1. John,
    I look forward every week for your email to read your narrative and see your pictures. You have a special talent, may I say God given.
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