Historic Fourth Ward Park in O4W

Droneview O4W park

Went to the park; the Guru flew Droney. View is to the north. Focus in on the flood-control pond in the center….

Sculpted granite

Off to the left of the pond, behind a curve of wall, is an sheltered area with sculpted granite…seats. Here’s an artistic shot of an artistic rock. But not soft…only hard seating.

Turtle green

Off on the right, behind trees, is this rock. I think the carapace’s distinctive coloring is really an algal coating. Certainly looks like there’s plenty floating in the pond-water.

And that’s today’s report on Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Full sun

Olympics sunny

What a difference a day makes! Loving the sun all day! First appearance since arriving….

Bird in treetop

Even the birds were celebrating the glorious light….

Sunset seward

Proof the light lasted to sunset….


Stone chinese dragon

Stone Chinese dragon.

Mexican axolotl

Real Mexican dragon (really: axolotl).

Bald eagles!

Evergreens rimed

Today the most frequent wildlife species we saw were bald eagles and magpies. Both have contrasting coloration. The eagles were all solos, except a pair circling each other (squabbling?).

Cottonwoods rimed

I have no photos of the eagles, but one was sitting on a fencepost, several were sitting in trees, and one was flying right at me upslope from below. And not far away. Stunning. I’m guessing they’re congregating in the valleys for the winter…where we drove much of the day.

Sunlight rock

We saw many rimed trees…evergreens in the first shot, and cottonwoods next. Finally, we got into some sunshine—and our world got color!

Cattle irrigationpipes

But the clouds kept getting in the way…still, the juxtaposition of Black Angus and feeding troughs/bales and irrigation pipes all on snow is a nice contrast to the shapes of the trees on the slopes above.

Sunset at elevation

The atmospheric obscurity adds to this sunset shot over the Clark Fork of the Columbia River—we have crossed the continental divide. “It’s all downhill from here,” as one sage noted in a somewhat similar situation.

Not wild(life)

Cat stretch

Sweet kitty! Even got up from the sphinx position to greet me.

Color equation?


This is certainly a hot pink camellia. Despite the overcast and rain, it cuts through the murk of the day.

Yellow butterfly

The rain, or just time, brought this one down. I spotted the bright yellow among the leaves and thought: that’s too yellow for a leaf!

Not quite bolognese

Hot pink plus brilliant yellow equals…? Best I can do is this bolognese-inspired sauce (aka gravy)…in the new cook pan/pot. Perfect size! [This swirl is right after I started to stir in the milk….]

I tried

Cardinal back turned

I spotted this cardinal (upper left quadrant) preening and looking. I attempted to get him both in focus and in profile or a better pose than this. But this is what I got.

Then, I slowly ducked and snuck off for a camera with a longer lens. Of course, when I returned, he and his glorious plumage were long gone.

Pigeon posting

Pigeon view

This shot is from yesterday because today was gloomy and rainy, and I did not take the trouble to create a rain-art photo. There’s something peaceful about all the pigeons lined up, apparently unaware of the new arrival.

River stories

Cormorants waiting

These cormorants are waiting for whatever cormorants wait for. Food? More than food? These rocks were under many more feet of water for decades in a huge mill pond.

Hooch mills whitewater

Downstream of the cormorants, some of the later mill buildings survive, most repurposed as river-front apartments now that the dams are gone and the water is white, as it was through the early 1800s. This is the Chattahoochee at the Fall Line in Columbus.

Whitewater running

Now, venturesome people in funky short kayaks dare the once-again fast-flowing river to overpower them. [This guy was just fine; this moment looks scary, however.]

Stationary wildlife

Cement hare

Found this cement hare and vaguely remember seeing it in this yard before…perhaps in a different location? Vague is the operative word here.

Squirrel mutation

Personally, I’m convinced that Mosquito Joe’s chemicals turned a squirrel into this monster; however, my analysis may be off a tad.