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Friday, July 3, 2015

The Blue Lagoon at Willamette View, Portland, Oregon

After the upper ponds were drained an resealed, an copper algicide was added to the water as they were being refilled. In addition to this colorless chemical, a concentrated blue dye was also added. Just one cup was all it took to created this tropical lagoon. The dye keeps some sunlight, which promotes algae growth, from hitting the bottom of the pool.

Residents of Willamette View who don't want to brave the 95-100ยบ heat can see the from the common rooms of the Terrace, or just click on the photos below to enlarge them.



















Monday, June 29, 2015

A Walk to Waterfalls

I usually go to the Willamette View cafe and coffee shop, Waterfalls, every weekday morning for coffee. This morning I took photos along the way starting when I left my patio.

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More - including our marauding deer.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Repairing the leaks on the Willamette View ponds.

Last year the ponds leaked and were repaired. They are leaking again, and this time a new ore sticky formula is being tried to try to stop the leaks long term. First the bottoms of the upper pools had to be drained, and now they are being power washed.

Previous post - the Willamette View deer






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The lower pond.





Purloined raspberries: A deer up close and personal

Going to the store I decided not to bother taking my good camera. Hence as I drove by the resident gardens here at Willamette View all I had was my iPhone when I saw this deer munching on raspberries. It was unafraid as I walked closer and closer, getting within 20 feet before it walked a few steps away from me. I assumed this was the critical distance, so I followed it taking pictures as it went from one succulent item on this bountiful garden buffet. When I finally left, it was still in the gardens.




This morning (Weds., June 24) the deer came to me at about 10:30 AM, for a better photo op with my good camera. It was just across the street munching on shrubs. It seems emaciated to me, as I could see its ribs, though his belly seems full.






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