The New Year Begins in the Lush, Wooded Hills of Portland Heights

The New Year always brings thoughts of new beginnings and wonders to come. As I hike through the West Hills of Portland, I endure days of cold, arctic air from the north and enjoy periodic times of warm, sunny air from the south.

It’s too early for wildflowers, but I typically spot a few crows, songbirds and squirrels. Sometimes I catch glimpses of coyotes and deer.

It’s both a time of contemplation and renewal.

Western Robin

Mt. Hood in the morning light

Squirrel with a cone

A hardy outdoor flower

Mt. Adams

Shadyside Trail

Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens

Rainbow over Downtown Portland in the evening

One of many public stairways in the hills

Council Crest







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