Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sunset at Baskett Slough

As a rainy day faded away into a colorful sunset, Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge — west of Salem, Ore. — attracted several deer, a flock of backbirds, and many other birds.

The refuge is especially busy during the migration times of the year. Several types of geese, ducks and even swans visit the refuge. While hiking trails are available for people the enjoy a closer view of the wildlife, during certain times of the year some areas are not open to the public.

Besides the birds and deer, people can also find various plants in the refuge, such as the prickly common teasel which can grow to 6 feet tall. First introduced in the 1700s in America, this weed was brought into the area by the early settlers who used it to help them work with carding wool in mills or in their homes.

Unfortunately, while the wool industry faded away in most of the West, the invasive weed did not. It can be found in many areas, far beyond where it was first intended to be grown.

For photographers and nature lovers, Baskett Slough is a great escape to enjoy a summer sunset.

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threecollie said...

Very lovely photos! Must be a wonderful place

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