Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

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Currently in my quest through life, I am crossing bridges at work and at home.  My wife, Heather, is 23 weeks pregnant with a baby girl.  So far, the ultrasounds have been normal and her heartbeat is strong and she likes to kick box in the womb (much to the discomfort of my wife).  Heather is a trooper and will be an amazing mother.  We are both excited and are preparing ourselves for the adventures of parenthood that begin late January 2017.  Another change took place last week, just in time for the advent of Autumn. I started a new job at the North and South Santiam Watershed Councils as their shared Restoration Projects Manager.  This photo is of the beautiful Larwood Covered Bridge which is three miles north of Lacomb in the South Santiam Watershed.  Roaring River drains under the bridge and into Crabtree Creek just downstream (fun fact: this is the only river to flow into a creek, an oddity that was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not). Winter Steelhead, Spring Chinook and Pacific lamprey utilize the habitat for rearing and spawning.   I am driven to restore and preserve these natural areas not only for salmon and the community, but for my daughter to explore and enjoy in the future.   

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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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54 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Wonderful news, Tyler! Congratulations to you and Heather!

  2. Miriam says:

    All the best to you both on impending parenthood. How wonderful. Exciting times ahead and definitely new bridges to cross 😄

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Much appreciated 🙂 Yes, next year will be an education for both the baby and my wife & I…learning as we go! Parenthood will be the most rewarding and exhausting experience of my adult life, but I know I am going to be a good father who loves his daughter more than anything else in the world. Have a wonderful week ahead, Miriam 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  3. Tina Schell says:

    Now THAT’s a bridge worth crossing! Congrats. And lovely photo Tyler

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Yes it is! Parenthood will be the most rewarding and exhausting experience of my adult life. Next year will be an education for both the baby and my wife & I….learning as we go! I plan to enjoy every moment for better or worse 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Congrats!!! And lovely photo too 🙂

  5. Bravo on all these bridges!
    Is the one photo’d open to public?

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Yes, this bridge is a county park/recreation area and open to the public. Truly an awe-inspiring place! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  6. loisajay says:

    Congratulations on everything, Tyler! Starting a new job to prepare for a new life. So excited for you and Heather.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Much appreciated 🙂 It will be quite a journey…next year will be an education for both the baby and my wife & I…learning as we go! Parenthood will be the most rewarding and exhausting experience of my adult life. I plan to enjoy every moment for better or worse! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  7. Congratulations on your little one still growing. And on the new job!

  8. Lindy Le Coq says:

    How exciting for both of you! I’ll have to add this site to my “must visit” list, since I’m so close and still have family in Corvallis!

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! It will be quite the journey…next year will be an education for both the baby and my wife & I…learning as we go! Parenthood will be the most rewarding and exhausting experience of my adult life. I plan to enjoy every moment for better or for worse 🙂 Isn’t the Willamette Valley so beautiful in the Autumn? Simply awe-inspiring 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead, Lindy!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  9. Archita says:

    Congratulations, Tyler.

  10. Gallivanta says:

    A beautiful photo, and I am so pleased to hear you are crossing the bridge to parenthood.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! It will be quite the journey…I plan to enjoy every moment for better or for worse. Parenthood will be the most rewarding and exhausting experience of my adult life. Next year will be an education…both the baby and my wife and I will be learning as we go! Have a wonderful day 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  11. arv! says:

    Congrats for all new and good things in your life! Great picture Tyler!

  12. Ms. Vee says:

    Congratulations Tyler! Two bridges to cross. Blessings and peace.☺✌

  13. mincs1 says:

    Congratulations, may all go well to bring your daughter safely to you and your wife! Your photo is stunning and helps to understand your desire to save watershed areas. Kudos to you 🙂

  14. Beth says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations Tyler….

  15. Mother Hen says:

    Congratulations on all of the new in your life…

  16. First , delighted to know that Heather and your daughter are well . I hope these next weeks until delivery unfold comfortably . Next , congratulations on this exciting opportunity at work ! I’m thrilled to know you have the post you’ve wanted and where you can make a positive difference . Finally , what a special photo ! Wow ! It is a beautiful bridge , but you’ve captured a work of art here . Lovely ! Thank you for a beautiful start to my Monday !

    • You are most welcome, Elizabeth! It’s my pleasure 🙂 And thank you for your kind and thoughtful words! Raising a child will be the most rewarding and exhausting experience of my adult life. I plan to enjoy every moment for better or for worse. I’m two weeks into my new job and it’s going well. A lot of new faces and projects to get up to speed on. There’s not enough time in the day to get everything done..and I’m sure this will only get more challenging next year with a baby girl. I’ll need to improve my multi-tasking skills and somehow increase my efficiency on less sleep! Whatever happens, I know I will be a good father and will love my wife and daughter with all my heart. Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  17. beverlydyer says:

    Congratulations on bringing hopes and dreams into reality!

    • Thank you kindly, Bev! Much appreciated 🙂 It will be quite the journey…I plan to enjoy every moment of parenthood for better or for worse 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  18. Congratulations on all this wonderful news. The only thing more exciting than preparing for a new daughter, is having one. Enjoy every minute

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Much appreciated 🙂 What a journey it will be! An education in raising a child…probably will be the most rewarding and exhausting thing I will ever do in my life. I plan to enjoy every moment for better or for worse 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead, Eddie Two Hawks! Keep up the inspiring work on your blog 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  19. Amy Pantone says:

    Love, love this photo! Congrats to you and your wife & on your new job.

  20. Beautiful image and congratulations!

  21. kestrelgwh says:

    Now maybe I’ll know four generations of Pedersens. Congratulations to you and Heather. This is a fortunate watershed to have your interest in its protection and restoration and to reflect the sounds of your child at play. Best to you all. GWH

    • Thank you very much, Gary! I look forward to introducing you to our daughter, Willow Alice Pedersen. January 23rd, 2017 is the expected due date. Heather is on week 25, so only 3 months to go! We’re going to start taking the lamas classes and will visit the hospital and create a birthing plan. Exciting times! Hope you and your family are doing well, my friend. All the best to you and yours 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  22. anne leueen says:

    I think this bridge photo is magic. It really draws me in with a wonderful combination of realism and at the same time altered reality. Good grief I’m getting carried away here. Thanks for stopping by Horseaddict today. I look forward to the arrival of your daughter. Mine is now 28!

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I am captivated by this magical bridge as well! As a parent of a daughter, do you have any words of wisdom for my wife and I? We are excited and scared at the same time! Being a parent will be the most challenging and rewarding experience of our lives, so I plan to enjoy the journey as much as I can (through all the ups and downs). 2017 will certainly be a year to remember! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead & keep up the great work on your blog!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

      • anne leueen says:

        Having a child is both rewarding and ( with the younger ones) exhausting. But the rewarding part brings you so many gifts. One of the best is that you get to go back and be a child yourself: re-experiencing all the discovery of the world , of holidays, and the joy of being alive. My only advice would be to allow yourself to do lots of silly things with your daughter. Get onto the floor, play pretend games, dress up …..those are some of my best memories of my children. Wish your wife a speedy delivery from me. All the best!

      • Thank you, Anne! Much appreciated 🙂 Have a great rest of your week, my friend!

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