Summer in the City

Portland Heights

The Tualatin Mountains dominate the western skyline of Portland, Oregon. The mountains form the high ridge running from southeast to northwest, separating Portland from Beaverton and other cities of the Tualatin Valley to the west.

The landscape is predominantly forest, mainly Douglas firs, bigleaf maples and cedars. The mountains have many deep ravines flowing to the east. These are mainly green spaces.

Stellar Bluejay

Marquam Nature Park

The entire area is a fun place to hike in the summertime. A favorite of mine is nearby 205-acre Marquam Nature Park. Several miles of trails lead to 1,070-foot Council Crest, at the top of the Tualatin Mountains.

As I hike the trails, songbirds are singing their songs, butterflies are fluttering and the warm sunshine is bringing out the best in all.




Pine and Gray Squirrels

Green Apples

Lily and Daisys 

Council Crest

Flicker Trail

Downy Woodpecker

Cabbage White Butterfly

Song Sparrow












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  1. There is real talent in your pictures of the birds.

  2. Always good…. Thanks !

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