Our daughter Lisa took this unposed photo of Jeanette and I while we were all birding at the Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area this morning. I think I’m probably playing a bird song on my iPod, and Jeanette is looking for the bird in a tree. The Luckiamute SNA is an outstanding destination for hiking, birding and canoeing that is largely unknown and way under used. It is located where the Luckiamute River flows into the Willamette River between the towns of Independence and Albany. A tremendous effort has been made by the state and the Luckiamute Watershed Council to remove invasive plants and shrubs and plant a wide variety of native plants, shrubs and trees. This should continue to develop over the years to be an outstanding area to enjoy nature. I think this is our forth visit here and each time we leave impressed, vowing to return again. By the way they need Volunteer Hosts for the months of May and June.