View from the garden entrance
The Zendog and I finally ventured out to explore the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden here in Portland. It’s located on SE 28th Avenue in the Westmoreland neighborhood. This garden got its start in the 1950 as a test garden and today there are over 2500 different rhododendrons, azaleas, assorted trees and other plants growing here. The walking paths are mostly level, some paved and others just dirt. There are a number of springs which flow into the lake via small brooks and even a few waterfalls.
Let’s go for a walk!
The ducks could be heard from the entrance, which is perched above it all. Once we walked around the bend we noticed another bridge spanning across Crystal Springs Lake. This 9 1/2 acre botanical garden is tucked in between Reed College and the Eastmoreland Golf Course. Hard to believe that this treasure of a garden is right in town! It’s a fantastic place for bird watching and over 100 different types have been spotted here. On our first visit we saw not only wood ducks, but also a bald eagle, buffleheads, one lone hooded merganser, different kinds of geese …
This is the male wood duck sitting on the bridge railing.
Look at his gorgeous plumage.
Listen to the whistle of the wood ducks! They don’t quack like mallards.
The females are a bit smaller and not as colorful as the males.
Anyway, I was in heaven!! Wood ducks everywhere I looked…
The sun came out and brightened up an otherwise dreary winter day.
Some of the ducks swam about in the lake,
while others showed off their glorious feathers and mighty breasts.
A quick dip left this guy cloaked in crystal clear lake water.
He was definitely a show-off!
Until … he disappeared!
Located across the lake is the Eastmoreland golf course.
In my next post I will take you to the old tree snag where we saw a bald eagle!
Until then let’s head back up to the exit!