Rock Hopping to a Heron’s Roost
At a secret location near Milwaukie, Oregon, I took my boy Jackie Chan for a river shoreline stroll. This is no typical shoreline. Hardly a sandy spot in sight, and the one we found was protected by audibly possessive Canada Geese. One of the curious attributes of walking near a major metropolitan area is the juxtaposition of natural elements with manmade elements. It was no different this afternoon. I found remnants of what I believe is a dock, floating lumber surrounded by old stumps, and a heron badgering a kayaker when it neared the roost.
The walk was almost entirely on rocks, so we did not move quickly. Yet with a narrow focus on nearby objects rather than on distant viewpoints, I found it endlessly fascinating, and very peaceful. Seeing the heron take off multiple times with a great squawking, gracefully soaring over the river, was a highlight. I only wish I had a better camera more suited to catching a magnificent creature in flight. Perhaps next time.