Waterhouse Rose Garden
From 158th Avenue, go west on Blueridge Drive to NW Foxborough Circle, and turn south. If you watch carefully you will come to this tiny park, which is owned by the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District. It is most likely the smallest dedicated rose garden owned by a parks district in the Portland area. The park is crammed between two houses on the north side of the street.
There is a simple loop bark dust trail, with a paved walkway that runs between Foxborough Circle and Blueridge, and enters Blueridge more or less at the intersection with Altishin Place.
On the other side of Foxborough the paved pathway continues into Waterhouse Park. Photo 5 is a view of this little Rose Garden from the pathway in Waterhouse Park.
Facilities in this small park are not particularly complicated. Other than the rose bushes and well maintained grass, there isn't much here.
Summer in Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Most of my other photos were taken of the Beaverton area during winter months. Therefore, I decided it was time to get some thing that showed the area in the summer months too.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park is one of the primary recreational areas that would be of any interest at all to tourists in the Beaverton area. Much of the rest of Beaverton is really only mild tourist interest. This nature park is connected by trails to the nearby Beaverton Creek wetlands area, where the above Great Blue Heron was photographed on August 1, 2009.
As fish hunters, Tualatin Hills Nature Park is only of mild interest to osprey since the water is not particularly deep, especially in summer. However, on August 1, 2009 this one was circling above the facility. It was making quite a lot of noise.
Spiders are always active in Oregon, but summer is really amazing in terms of the speed with which spider webs are built on a number of locations. Their locations are also amazing, with some webs being built between large trees quite large distances apart. This also means that as you walk on trails in the area, you will probably get at least one spider web tangled in your hair or face.
Although water levels in the park may be low in summer, there is still at least some water here. The water provides a refuge from the heat for a number of small wild creatures. Wildflowers also grow along the edge of the water, as shown here.
Normally, you can see quite a lot of water here at the pond. However, wildflowers, trees and water plants completely hide the water surface during the summer. There's probably a lot of wildlife out there, but little of it can be seen during the heat of the day. Leaves in motion will indicate the location of larger frogs and turtles and a few other such creatures.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park looks a lot more like Oregon in the summer, in terms of the dense forests and stereotypical green landscape. There is wildlife here in the trees, but you have to be careful to listen for it and watch for it, and be patient.
While the tall pine and fir trees don't look too much different in summer over winter, the light is much better due to the sun being higher in the sky.
While most of the birds in the area are quite shy, you will find that there are a few that do like to explore new things, and want to see who is in the area. If you sit quietly, or otherwise don't act like tha treat, you may well be rewarded. This spotted towhee had no hesitations at all about showing himself to park visitors right outside the entrance to the nature center. He did hide when people got too close, but did stick his head out from behind the bushes he was hiding in just to see what else was going on and to check to make sure people were where they should be.