Amid a lot of literal and figurative cloudy weather, I found the perfect golden window other day for a walk. Nothing like leg stretching and photography experiments in the sun to make me feel better about the world. Okay, a mountain top would beat it, but hey. Rocks, moss, leaves, a passing seaplane, wings of a dove, er, seagull, and my boy Jackie Chan. Seeing him cut loose on a beach would prompt a smile from the biggest curmudgeon. All is right with the world. Well, mostly.
One trail to the banks of the Willamette River is about a three minute drive from my condo. On a sunny afternoon, it makes an easy getaway for Jackie Chan and me. Due to subnormal precipitation levels, the waterline already looks like it’s at midsummer levels. That means it is an easy walk across the channel to Elk Rock Island. I’ve mentioned the island at least once before in my blog, but it bears repeating.
Having a natural spot with multiple ecosystems close to home is a treat. The dry channel we cross resembles a desert landscape (compare to the second photo from this February post), while the shorelines are a mix of beach and rocky ramparts. The center of the island rises up with groves of both Douglas firs and alders, along with small meadows. Fisherfolk were out in force, along with pleasure boaters nearby. I could happily have wandered the island for hours in the perfect weather, especially on the rocky southern and western shores.