It was winter forever, cold and rainy. Then we had spring for about 4 days. And then 90 degrees!
Thankfully, Portland’s cool and shady Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a fantastic way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon. Dedicated to protecting and improving habitat for native plants and animals, it’s 168 acres of wetlands, meadows and woodlands and, amazingly, only a few minutes from downtown Portland.
We walked through Sellwood Park, past rhododendrons in full bloom.
and open fields with people playing baseball and frisbee,
then through a picnic area dense with evergreen trees
to a steep path.
At the bottom, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.
A beautiful meadow,
with a path
leading to the wetland,
just visible here through the branches of a young oak.
After all our rains, the wetland was full. There is a lot of water.
With an alluring path along the edge.
If you’re lucky and walking with someone with a good eye, you might see a turtle.
Just visible on the fallen log.
Or a great blue heron.
A closer look.
The perfect way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon.
A big thank you to the people who worked to save this place for all of us to enjoy.
For more information about Oaks Bottom, check it out here.