A New Year in the Forest (Jacksonville, Oregon) 17-Jan-2021

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the centre of the world. Stand in your own dooryard and you have eight thousand miles of solid ground beneath you, and all the sidereal splendors overhead.”

John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril (1908)

Well, the new year is starting out like a newborn foal trying to find its legs – somewhat unsteady at first but with the promise of a galloping future. In the meantime, the Big V (and now its more infectious variant, Big V+) remains busy out there, so we’re still staying local. Which means, of course, yet another visit to Forest Park. But it’s a new year, so we get to reset the visit counter. 🙂

Biologically, this is the quiet time in the forest. Many sprinklings of colorful tree fungus but no wildflowers. A few mushrooms. Just a bird or two. Sometimes a deer. Lots of dead leaves silently composting. But, hydrologically, things are a little perkier. The sky has offered up enough moisture in recent weeks to get the park’s permanent streams going. Not full on like we hope they’ll be by Spring but enough for a tiny waterfall here and there. So we headed-out for a short stroll to see the waters.

On the Cantrall Creek Trail
Leaf, branch, and webs
A leaf from days past
Where a stream begins
Droplets
Cantrall Creek
Cantrall Creek
Cantrall Creek
Cantrall Creek
At the falls on Cantrall Creek
Jackson Creek
Canyon Falls on Jackson Creek
Droplets on web
Heading home on the Naversen Family Trail
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