I decided to divide this post into two parts because I had just too many photos to show you!
If you haven’t walked the Nisqually NWR, you are really missing out! My granddaughter and youngest son, Shane, visited the refuge after church on Sunday, Jan. 8. The parking lot was packed, the boardwalk was crowded, the views were stunning.
In some areas you have to peek between the branches to get a good look at the waterfowl.
But there are wide-open views throughout most of the refuge.
There are plenty of places along the way to stop and get a closer look.
Places to walk in the open, along the water, and watch the flocks fly by.
Places to walk beneath the canopy of trees while kinglets, chickadees and other little forest tweeters flitter about.
Some even travel by boat into the edges of the refuge.
And some by kayak.
The snags make great perching posts for predator birds on the lookout for a tasty meal.
My favorite color — Outside!
The colors that live in this photograph remind me of a prayer wrap (“shawl” is just too small a word for this knitted wonder!), made for me by an Alabama gal and dear friend. When she chose the yarn, she said, she was reminded of the colors in my photographs. She saw the hills, mountains and valleys of the Pacific Northwest within the twisted fibers.
I hold a deep gratitude for my friend who continues to gift me with a view of myself and the world around me through her eyes.
I am also deeply grateful to the volunteers who work this beautiful Nisqually delta. Without them, the joy of this song of beauty before us would not be possible.
There are tall viewing platforms.
And low places that hover just over the water, great spots to just stop and take in the view.
There are covered areas scattered throughout the walk. Places to rest your legs or read up on the wildlife.
It just doesn’t get any better than this.
Visit the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge online at http://www.fws.gov/Nisqually, then visit it in person.
I dare you. And then I double-dog dare you to go and just try not to have fun gazing at the wonders around you.