Finley Refuge Photo Outing
Tuesday 6 September 2011 — Category: Outings
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge twice during 2011: once in May, and then again this month. The outing in May — my first time there — was during a small break in the everlasting Oregon rainy season. My recent foot problems were plaging me, so I slowly limped along about a mile down a dirt road by the Cheadle Barn, and then up about 250 feet in elevation, but a bit over half a mile on the path, to the top of Pigeon Butte. Just making it back to the car was enough for me that day!
This Refuge includes 713 acres a natural grassland, called the Willamette Floodplain, that was made a National Natural Landmark in 1987. This type of native grassland has become exceedingly rare as most of it has been cultivated or converted to pastureland.
Yesterday morning, Labor Day, my wife and I got up early so we could be at the Refuge by dawn. This protected area is south of Corvallis, about a thirty-minute drive from our house.
We drove through the refuge, and then hiked for an hour or so through the forest. It was quiet, peaceful, and lovely, that early in the morning. By a quarter after nine we were back home — the kids had barely finished breakfast! I didn’t take a huge number of photos, but I did get some beautiful shots in the early-morning light. You can see the ten shots I got there (one from May) in the Finley Refuge 2011 photo album.