The Woods of Joy Creek Nursery
Many of you know I work for a fantastic nursery not far from home, Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, Oregon. Part of my job is to photo-document what's going on in the nursery and the surrounding four-acre garden for our Facebook page and website. It's an amazing task, and I take it to heart. Today while at work, nursery co-owner Mike (who also lives on the property and owns the 40 acre parcel of land on which it sits) took me for a special walk in the woods and valley of the creek that runs through it, Joy Creek. This was more of a pleasure walk than documenting specific species. I'd like to share it with you, so sit back and take in some of the forest sights to hopefully gain a sense of what it felt like to walk among the trees.
Fungi, lichen and mosses are abundant, especially visible this time of year.
Much of this wood brings to mind The Lord of the Rings and the wanderings of Middle Earth. Perhaps Elves and Hobbits dwell here, unseen by my mortal eyes.
The creek runs down from the hills to the valley below, gurgling its way to the nearby Columbia River.
The path through the forest is a nice wide one that Mike maintains regularly.
A tree with holes in it, covered in velvety green moss.
So many green layers!
Nice, just nice.
More amazing lichen. I don't recall having ever seen this before.
This is a big leaf maple trunk. I found the color of the moss fascinating.
Another shot of Joy Creek. Funny thing about Joy Creek. Mike's mother's name was Joy. Mike purchased the property many years ago and for several years after, had no idea the name of the creek shared his mother's. Kind of meant to be, I think.
"H" for happy? Perhaps Hobbit?
While it really is just another forest, it is special to all of us at Joy Creek Nursery and friends. Sometimes it's nice just to slow down and take it all in, to breathe the fresh air and to appreciate the finer things in life. Nature is one of those.
That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens. As always, thank you for taking a tour with me and until next time, happy gardening!