Late Winter at the Ridgefield NWR

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Wildlife Refuge

On the last weekend of winter I journeyed to the Carty Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. And, to my pleasant surprise, I was greeted with a little sunshine too.

After crossing over an interesting arched foot bridge above a set of railroad tracks, I walked north to a cedar plankhouse. It was built in 2005 as a representative of the 14 plankhouses observed by Lewis & Clark in a nearby Indian village.

This was the beginning of the Oaks to Wetlands Trail, a well-marked path passing several lakes.

Eventually the Trail emerged on a butte overlooking much of the area.

As I walked back to the trailhead, I enjoyed taking photos of the colorful, early wildflowers.

Well-designed footbridge

Indian Plum

Song Sparrow singing a song


Cherry blossoms


Reflections in a pond along the trail

Western Robin

Oregon Grape






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  1. John,
    A always, beautiful pictures and an enlighten dialog of the hike you are on.
    Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY for a very special cousin.
    God Bless you
    Ed Lyon

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