Winter in the Tualatin Hills

The early days after the winter solstice are always a time of both dormancy and new life. As I hike through the West Hills of Portland, periodic blasts of arctic air, snow and freezing rain keep most life scurrying to survive.

But, I typically spot a few crows, small songbirds and squirrels.

It won’t be long until I begin seeing new growth. It’s both a time of waiting and of enjoying the few signs of new life to be seen.

Maidenhair Fern

Squirrel enjoying a snack

Colorful Lichen

Song Sparrow beginning to sing its song

Squirrel with a tasty Doug Fir cone

One of many rings implanted in the city sidewalks in the West Hills (what could they be for?)

Black-capped Chickadee

Sun-dappled Marquam Trail


Frosty fallen leaves





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