September 21, 2019 Jonesport, Maine

 

Pearl Exploring the Blueberry Barrens

Blueberry Barrens Forever

I arrived at the Pleasant River RV Park in Addison Saturday afternoon after a long (expensive) trip north on the Maine Turnpike. Having never stayed here before, and reading that there were only 6 campsites here, I was pleasantly surprised to get this very nice spot with full hookups and a nice view.

Sunrise the next morning!

I came through some startling colors in vast blueberry fields, I think they are called barrens, on the way down to the campground. So soon as I was settled in, I drove back out to see if I could get any decent late afternoon shots. These wood ducks merit a return to the side road I found them on, but my noisy approach, as I was not expecting to see wood ducks, spooked an entire flock of them.

There is some color here and there on roadsides, with some vivid colors in the wetlands and around the pond edges. Certainly not peak foliage here yet, but the blueberry barrens are another story!

I went back Sunday morning to see if I could get some better color with the early morning light.

Driving the narrow, very dusty gravel roads through the barrens, I had to just keep shooting away, so, once again, I apologize for the number of photos, but the colors fascinated me.

Incredibly, looking at images of these blueberry barrens online, I don’t believe these are at peak color yet, but still impressive to me as I have never encountered  them before.

The fields are picked clean this time of year, but on a few little steep hillsides heading into the woods, there are areas that the mechanical harvesters probably can’t access, leaving a few berries here and there. Being a commercial operation, I did not get out and pick any of these, though I was tempted!

 

 

September 20, 2014 Twisp, Washington

A Beautiful Morning in Horse Country
A Beautiful Morning in Horse Country

Touring the Methow River Valley

This morning I drove down to the town of Twisp, across the bridge over the Methow River and explored the east side of the river heading back north to Winthrop.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Wonderful Morning for Ballooning
Wonderful Morning for Ballooning

 

 

 

A hot air balloon rose from the west side of the river as I made my way north and slowly drifted my way while ascending. What a great way to spend a beautiful morning such as this, the views of the pastures and winding river below must be incredible in the early morning light.

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Duck Tease
Wood Duck Tease

Just before getting to Winthrop, I spotted a small pond down by the river that was just covered with ducks. Spying the side road that led down to it, I turned off the main drive and pulled up to a fence that surrounded what turned out to be a water treatment pond, with “ No Trespassing “ signs all around. When I glassed the pond and saw three pair of wood ducks amongst the hundred or so other ducks, mostly mallards and gadwalls, I had to find a way to give it a shot.

Wood Duck Tease
Wood Duck Tease

Unfortunately, this was to be yet another woodie tease as I just couldn’t get close enough for a decent shot.

Backtracking West on Route 20

Once in Winthrop, a neat little town with an old west atmosphere, just packed with tourists, I decided to backtrack Route 20 all the way to Diablo Lake to experience the trip through the Cascades with blue skies and the sun shining, and I would have to say it has a very different look than yesterday when I traveled it under a low grey sky.

The Dry Eastern Side of the Cascades
The Dry Eastern Side of the Cascades
Glaciers Above Diablo Lake
Glaciers Above Diablo Lake
Route 20 Descending East
Route 20 Descending East

This was the start of a 2 or 3 mile 6% grade heading down the mountains from Washington Pass, one of two such downhill sections of Route 20 on the east side of the passes. As noted in yesterday’s post, Route 20 over the Cascades is not a terribly scary drive for a large RV and Toad, actually quite manageable.

Traffic Heading West on Route 20
Traffic Heading West on Route 20
East side of the Cascades
East side of the Cascades
Blue Skies over Diablo Lake
Blue Skies over Diablo Lake

This shot, above, was taken today. Compare it with the one below, taken yesterday under grey skies, what a difference a day can make.

Diablo Lake
Diablo Lake
Rugged Peaks
Rugged Peaks
Long Ways Up
Long Ways Up

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