Sunday Trees #288

This is Becca Givens’ Sunday Trees  at  “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”

My entry for the week shows the Jacaranda trees in this 1930 neighborhood. Jacaranda trees are on both sides of Jacaranda Street and Brookdale Street in Fullerton City, California. Every year in the month of May, Jacaranda trees are in full bloom of lavender flowers. The trees are reaching out and touching the branches from the opposite side of the streets and create an arch pathway. By this time of the month, the flowers start to fall, the sidewalks look like a lavender carpet. The neighbors enjoy and appreciate this annual beauty.

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More Sunday Trees at https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/sunday-trees-288/

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – Kelley Point Park, Portland, OR

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On May 13, 2017 Mercy and Will took my husband and I to Kelley Point Park in Portland, Oregon. The park is full of sky reaching trees and green bushes. It was right after the rain. The ground was still wet. We could smell the fresh green in the air. The park was along two rivers – Willamette River and Columbia River.

During Lewis and Clark expedition, they ascended Columbia River in 1805, and descended in 1806, but missed the mouth of Willamette River. The Native Americans had been in this areas around 1850. Since 1900, Willamette River became a significant river. Rich with sediments, deposited by flooding and rainfall on the western side of the Cascades, the Willamette Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions in North America,

The middle group of trees in the last photo is the point where Willamette River meets Columbia River.

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Cee’s Which Way – May 12, 2017

Daily Prompt: Descend

Sunday Trees – #287

Becca Givens at “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”  has been hosting Sunday Trees for five years. My entry today is the photos of the trees taken at Kelley Point Park, Portland, Oregon.

Happy Mother’s Day to you, all my friends!

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Please visit other trees at:

https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/sunday-trees-287/

Reflecting on the Reflection

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Sitting by Laguna Lake, looking at the reflection in the water of the surrounding, made me reflecting on the life of the lake in the past twenty some years. Before 2004, a quarter of the lake was covered by Lotus patches. The Lotus flowers were gorgeous. Ducks used to lay eggs on the patches.

Laguna Lake is under the charge of Parks and Recreation Commission of City of Fullerton, California. In year 2004, the lake was undergoing a restoration project. In the midst of the project, a giant 4-foot-long, 100 pound turtle was discovered. Eventually the turtle was housed in Arboretum and then toured for exhibitions.

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In September 2004, the lake was dredged, new irrigation system was installed. Humps of small rocks were built around the lake close to the dirt path for animals to rest on them.

Thirteen years into the new lake, life underneath and above the lake is abundant. a lot of activities on the dirt path also, such as running, jogging, walking, horseback riding, biking, baby strolling and fishing. The residences in Fullerton City and beyond enjoy the lake tremendously.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Tidal Waves

Frank’s Photo Challenge this week is “Falling Water.” He states that there are many ways in which water can fall. My thought turned to the tidal waves.

Mercy and Will came to spend Thanksgiving with us last year. Will would like to go whale watching off of Huntington Beach, California. On the day we went, the tide was receded. When the tide is low, the water is calm and has a better chance to see the whales.

It was a mild sunny day in November. As the boat went out into the ocean, we watched the water closely with anticipation. Oh wow! We were not disappointed. Many whales came to the surface of the water.

On our way back to the harbor, we got a bonus to see the seals sunbathing. What a pleasant trip!

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Falling Water