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Rewards of Exercise

Our picture window looks out over the Alsea River.  Where my laptop is set up, I can’t see out of it unless I look to the side.  That’s so I can actually get some work done.

Exercising every morning is a very worthwhile habit that the lazy-me tries to talk myself out of daily.

black bear on alsea river
Black Bear across the river

I do my exercises looking out the window, hoping for wildlife for a couple reasons:  1) it breaks up the monotony of exercising by having something new to look at and 2) it adds the more-fun-exercise of dashing for the camera and clicking off photos.  The black bear showed up a couple days ago.  We have not seen him on our side of the Alsea River yet.

muledeer on alsea river
A little forked-horn!

This morning this little forked-horn strolled through the yard and took our pathway down to the river where the doe joined him.  Their coats look healthy!

They walked out to the island for a little bit, took a few drinks, then wandered up river where I lost sight of them.   Then I went back to my hum-drum exercises.  I would not have seen either the bear or the deer had I not been standing in front of the window.  (If there are fishermen in the river, I back up so they can’t see me 🙂

I’m grateful for moments that break up the hum-drum!

Lillies and Ferns on the Oregon Coast

Did you know that the baby fiddleheads are a delicacy?  Sauteed in butter they taste similar to asparagus.  (I can neither confirm nor deny this.)

fiddlehead fern
Fiddleheads on certain types of ferns

The Western Maidenhair fern has a couple unique features that make it one of the most delicate of the fern family.  (I’m not really an expert, it just sounded good.)

Western Maidenhair Fern
Western Maidenhair Fern

The fine, black, stem contrasts with the green leaves.  It looks like the fronds shoot off one side of the main stem which makes it curl.  The maidenhair ferns grow in the splash-zone of waterfalls and creeks.  I found these when I hiked up the creek to check on our spring head after the neighbor reported she’d ran out of water.

oregon ferns
Multiple types of ferns

Here are some different types mixed together.  I think the fiddleheads only grow from the ferns that grow in a clump that are green year-round.

Calla Lily
Calla Lillies

I don’t think Calla Lillies are natural here in Oregon.  But, where they’ve been planted, they multiply like crazy.  They like shade.  I took these cuttings and noticed something funny on the stalk of the bloom that hadn’t opened all the way yet.

calla lily stems
Curly stems

Only the stalk of the newer blossom curled.