A gifted photographer with some pretty cool gadgets came by last week.
Peter Stevens is his name.
He is a good friend to our current camp hosts Elizabeth Daniels and Jim Deaton.
Peter was also quite handy with a rake and native grass seed. Some Big Sherman Blue should be popping this spring thanks to his handy work.
Much appreciated Peter and see you soon! Now a Stevens-inspired moment of zen via Quadra copter:
Now let mind drift like river through canyon.
And make sure to join us for our New Year’s Day hike!
Big Horns were pretty interested in what was going on, taking a close look from a nearby hillside. Elizabeth’s point-and-shoot helped capture the story. The herd of about 10 hung out together for about three hours during the heat of the day.
Bucks are also faring well here at Cottonwood. This healthy specimen was caught nibbling plants in the host site in day use early Tuesday morning. He forgot to make the coffee, though.
This John Deere Tractor hub is one of the many little artifacts that bring a sense of wonder about the generations that came before us. This must weigh well over 100 pounds. It will likely be here for your next visit.
Thanks to some funtastic photos by Volunteer Host Eric Braun – who brought you sheep in camp – and camper Bevin Clapper, we are playing a little game of “Where’s Waldo” Cottonwood style. But first, your moment of zen above… If a hawk flaps its wings and no one is there to see it, you should really get to Cottonwood!
With the racket of basalt falling down cliffs, heads turned upward to the stark contrast of the skyline met with the stout outline of a big horn sheep. We had some special visitors on Wednesday. They were a bit reticent at first and then decided to take over just downriver of our group site. Campers got a nice view, to say the least.
Drew and Chelsie Messenger celebrated their first anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 11. The two were the first couple to be married at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. They had a gifted photographer as you can see above. We wish them another great year!
Cottonwood is a fantastic venue for weddings with access to two picnic shelters, camping and an historic ranch back drop. It is wild and unpredictable here like any true love should be. If you are interested, please call the park for more information and date availability. 1-541-394-0002
Our many thanks go out to the Oregon Natural Desert Association which spent three days removing barbed wire at Hay Creek here at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Volunteers took a few pokes as they wound the fencing up after removing it from T-posts so that wildlife can more easily move about in the area. What a huge help! Thank You!
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This just in: We have a video of the invasive weed study that was done at Cottonwood Crossings Summer Institute in June. The video was produced by students Anakin Welp and Andrea Galvin with the help of instructors Jeremy Lurgio and Art Rzasa.
Students look at Scotch Thistle, native grasses and relate a scientific method which shows if specific plants are either increasing or not on the landscape.
Cottonwood Crossings Summer Institute will hold an in-service for teachers on Oct. 9 to discuss the program and find out how high school teachers could use the outdoor school within their own curriculum. Please call Tom Peterson at 541-705-7129 if interested in the program offering free college credits to students and free masters or continuing education credits to high school teachers via Eastern Oregon University.
To learn more about the program see the related blog below, “Cottonwood Crossings Summer Institute – In the beginning’