Archive for the ‘Places-Trails’ Category

Shellberg Falls, Oregon

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

This is a trail behind Shellberg Falls just west of Salem.  The cave was created by the action of waves before the Coast Range was formed.  A layer of overhanging basalt has protected the underlying beach sand from further erosion.  The Silver Creek Falls were formed in similar fashion.  Notice the small bench along the trail just to the right of center.  Photo:  Near Mehama, OR 9/16/2007.Shellburg FallsShellburg Falls

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The 762 acre Nisqually Wildlife Refuge was created in 2009 and it reclaims the estuary formed by the Nisqually River.  The boardwalk is a mile long and when the tide is in, it is surrounded by water.  There are some bird blinds along the way for viewing wildlife.  This a pleasant walk and a great opportunity to view nature up close and personal. There is a $3.00 fee and a very tempting book store.  Photo:  Near Olympia, WA 9/06/2012

Cone Peak and Iron Mountain

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Cone Peak and Iron Mountain are located east of Sweet Home, OR in the Central Cascades.  There are over 300 wild flower species here, blooming June to August .  The hike is 5 miles round trip for Cone Peak and if you choose the loop circling both peaks, it is 6.4 miles.  Elevation gain is about 1,500 feet.  Take water, sun screen and your camera.  Top Photo:  Cone Peak and Bottom Photo: Iron Mountain 8/28/2007

Drift Creek Falls

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Proceed 9 miles South on Bear Creek Road from Hwy 18 to the parking lot and trail head. The road is for the most part paved, follow the road most travelled which has an occasional sign that says Drift Creek Camp.  It is a well maintained trail and is 1.25  miles to “The Bridge”.  This is a suspension bridge 240 feet long, 29.5 inches wide with a sway of less than 2 inches and it crosses over Drift Creek 100 feet below. Follow the trail another quarter mile to the falls and of course there is a lot more water going over the 80 foot falls in the Spring than during the Summer.  The only catch to this hike is that it is all up hill on the trip back to the parking lot but that provides a great opportunity to stop and enjoy the native plants growing along the trail.  Additional information is available in the hiking books published by Paul Gerald and William Sullivan.  Photo 8/21/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Oregon Redwoods Trail

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Oregon Redwoods Trail in S.W. Oregon.  Photo:  4/20/2010 © Marvin Kellar

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, May 17th, 2009


Red-winged Blackbird “Agelaius phoeniceus”  Holding court while perched on a teasel.  L 8.75″, wingspan 13″ and weight 1.8oz.  Widespread in Or. and Wa.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa. 5/16/2009  © Marvin Kellar

_mg_5510_1_1Painted Turtle “Chrysemys picta”  Turtles eat plants and small animals and they hibernate in mud at the bottom of ponds during the winter.  Common in the Eastern and Central U.S. and in the Pacific Northwest.  Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa 5/16/2009  © Marvin Kellar



Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”  Length 46″. wingspan 72″ and weight 5.3#,  This long legged bird is commonly seen wading in shallow ponds throughout the United States.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa 5/16/2009 © Marvin Kellar