An Urban Hike on a Hot Summer Day


On the first weekend of summer I returned to the four-mile loop hike in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. It’s 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.

A barred owl, a cottontail rabbit and a few songbirds were spotted on my last visit in February.

No owls or rabbits this time. But, due to the varied habitat, I was able to see wildflowers in bloom, a couple of pine squirrels, several ducks and a few small birds.

Always a fun place to visit, and I worked up a good sweat in the summer heat.

Fireweed

Fireweed

A Lily pond along the trail with its summertime look

A lily pond along the trail with its summertime look

Great Hedge-nettle

Great Hedge-nettle

Self-heal

Self-heal

Covered walkway over one of the wetland areas

Covered walkway over one of the wetland areas

Daisy

Daisy

American Robin with a bug

American Robin with a bug

Tiger Lilies

Tiger Lilies

One of few remaining areas with open water

One of few remaining areas with open water

Blanket Flower (or a close relative?)

Blanket Flower (or a close relative?)

 

 

 

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