Even when it's snowing on Mt. Rainier, the Cascade foothills can be seen during a chilly sun-break sort of day. Mt. Rainier is hidden by the clouds at the right side of the photo.
Many homes have again brightened the neighborhood with festive lights and displays for Christmas.
On the morning of the 17th the yard crew arrived to clear the stream of its dense blackberry entanglement.
They moved swiftly and with single purpose. Perhaps goats could be employed to maintain the area.
Soon the channel was re-opened further upstream. Good news; the bird sanctuary was left intact. All cut material was moved back from the stream and left where it lay.
Perhaps Golden Ripples was once known as "Mystery River". It cascades freely now down the newly uncovered stream bed. Could this become a new kayaking venue? What shall we call the newly created Blackberry Island? Is a naming contest in order?
Golden Valley Main Page