Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

Siuslaw River Above Barber Creek

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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31 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

  1. kiranscaria says:

    Truly serene πŸ™‚

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed my photo πŸ™‚ The Siuslaw River flows over 105 miles east to west from the headwaters near Lorane to the Pacific Ocean near Florence, Oregon. It is a majestic and complex riverine system full of life and beauty. This photo was taken in the lower Siuslaw above Barber Creek where bedrock is the predominate substrate. Unfortunately, bedrock conducts heat, and during low flows in the summer, the water can warm to temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s. This might be great temps for people to swim in, but for sensitive coho fry and smolts, this is not suitable habitat for rearing (which is a term to describe how they develop, feed and grow bigger before heading out to the ocean). Hopefully enough of the fry and smolts have found some cold water refugia on cooler, shaded tributary streams that drain into the Siuslaw River. Salmon are a resilient species, but they do need our help. I am a project manager and have spent 7 years working to restore watersheds for the benefit of salmon and humans alike. This photo of the Siuslaw River is a reflection of my soul and life’s work. I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, Kiran!

      • rxfrazier says:

        Beautiful reflection, Tyler! And nice backstory. So is your home base for this river near the ocean side or inland?

      • Thank you kindly, my friend! The office for my current job is in Mapleton, which is 15 miles East of Florence on the Oregon Coast. This coming week will be my last working in the Siuslaw Watershed. I will certainly miss the beautiful places, people and wildlife, but my new job inland with the North and South Santiam Watersheds (which are in the Willamette Valley, where I live) has its own unique beauty and more people/places to meet/explore. Coincidentally, I lost my wedding ring while floating the North Santiam River, so I will have an opportunity to redeem myself (although my chances are slim to none, plus kayaking with a metal detector would be clumsy). Either way, I’ve had the best of both worlds! I hope you you are having a wonderful weekend and all the best in the week ahead πŸ™‚

  2. So very, very beautiful. Sigh.

  3. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely shot. It looks like a truly beautiful place πŸ™‚

  4. What a beautiful, scenic place. Love the mirrored reflection! πŸ™‚

  5. Dina says:

    Great reflection!
    Wishing you a good start into the week ahead.

  6. Beautiful Tyler! Hints of Autumn coming into the foliage now πŸ˜€

  7. A river and trees…One couldn’t ask for more πŸ™‚

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Yes indeed…all one needs is to sit by the river in the shade of a tree πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful Sunday and best wishes in the week ahead, Sandra!

  8. Lisa Gordon says:

    What a beautiful scene this is, Tyler!

  9. niken says:

    Really beautiful picture, and beautiful place! Great shot πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Tyler, I like this true mirror reflection photo. I lived in Portland, Oregon for a while. I am not at the present, but my daughter and son-in-law are. I just visited them and went up to Mt. St. Helens (one of my posts). Oregon is called God’s country, must be for a good reason. Thank you for sharing the beauty. Thank you for liking my new post. Photo was taken in Australia.

    • You are most welcome! It’s my pleasure πŸ™‚ Thank you kindly for stopping by my blog & leaving such a thoughtful comment! Small world…I lived in Portland one year (as an Americorps volunteer) before moving to Coos Bay, then Corvallis and now Harrisburg. I certainly enjoyed living in NE Portland, but I’m more of a small town boy from Montana, so living in Harrisburg in the breathtakingly beautiful Willamette Valley is closer to feeling like home. I have not been to Mount St. Helens before, but a few years ago, I went to Mt. Rainier with my Dad. I want to go back in the summer when the wildflowers are in bloom. Such awe-inspiring views. I certainly feel fortunate to live in a State of bliss & beauty! I look forward to checking out more of your blog. Keep up the great work & have a wonderful day!
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  11. Every time I landed in Portland airport, I could smell the green in the air. My daughter knows that I sleep well when visiting her, so they just go to work without waking me. They live in North Portland and work downtown. You can see them in my Mt. St. Helens post. Everything grow in fresh colors and the flowers are gorgeous. My daughter took lots of amazing photos with dews still sitting on the leaves, flowers. I like the calm and casual environment in Oregon. You’ll have such a rich and natural scenes to inspire your photos. Enjoy! You have a nice day also!

  12. Nice fall photo! I often amble down the Siuslaw to look for things to photograph, as I live up the Wildcat Creek, which was named by a great-grandfather. Anyway, nice photo. Your turtle name reminds me that I posted some turtle pictures that I’ve gotten in the wetlands around Eugene, they are archived on my blog under March 2013, Bump on a Log. I used to walk along the bike path at lunch times to look for various wildlife along the river. The turtles were a favorite subject.

    • Thank you kindly! Turtles and trees are my totem spirits πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed working in the Siuslaw Watershed…you are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. I’ll be sure to check out your turtle pics, as I am a novice herpetologist πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead, my friend!
      Tyler πŸ™‚

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