A Fall Walk Along the Metolius River (29 photos)
With rain and blustery weather in the forecast it was time to get out for a fall walk along the Metolius River near the small town of Camp Sherman here in Central Oregon. The approaching wind and rain would surely take some of the last color off of the trees and shrubs so I was off for a little two mile loop up one side of the river and then back on the opposite bank. Join me on my walk as I share the beauty of the area in photographs. 🚶😀
I cross the bridge near the parking area and the small general store to start my journey. I will walk the west side of the river for about a mile to the next bridge and come back on the east side.
The first quarter mile or so there are numerous cabins that line each bank. Here is one of those cabins with a somewhat recently shattered tree that had fallen into the river and across the trail.
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I'm no tree expert but from the looks of the last years of tree rings perhaps this old pine was having some health issues.
A little further along is a foot bridge that will take the homeowner onto a small island. There is not much of a fear of flooding here as the Metoulius is a spring fed river that bubbles out of the ground only a couple miles from this point.
Some views of the Larch tress interspersed with the pines.
An isolated Larch tree stands out in a forest of pines.
This brightly colored bush really stood out in this field. Somehow it had escaped my scrutiny as I walked the other side just a little while before. I was so enamored with it I had to pull out my zoom lens to get a closer look. 😀