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Mercer Slough

February 18th, 2010 at Thu, 18th, 2010 at 1:56 pm by Chad Coleman

I recently had a beautiful warm spring, err winter, morning assignment that had me wandering through Mercer Slough Nature Park. It was my first real chance at wandering through the slough since moving to the Bellevue Reporter office last April. As usual, I made more images than needed for the assignment or space in the print edition, but wanted to share them here on Focus Northwest. More images after the jump… My prior experience at the slough was a rainy, wet day at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center that won an award for environmental building last year, and it was great opportunity to see more of the park. Absolutely a wonderful wander!

View of the city skyline to the North of the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm in Bellevue.

This hungry fellow flew nearly two hundred yards down the slough at me to see if I had brought a snack. I hadn’t, but took advantage of his approach. I couldn’t decide which frame of his landing I preferred, so I included them both for you to choose your favorite.

The reflection of the blue sky on the water surface really adds a nice pop of background color to both of these images.

On assignment I always try to find some details, here a tree and blue sky is reflected in a drop of water about to fall from a branch.

This is a series of images combined in photo editing software to make a single panoramic image of the footbridge across the slough.

A variety of trails and pedestrian ways in the slough, here a raised wooden walkway cuts through a marsh area.

A pedestrian bridge at the South end of the slough.

A jogger crosses a pedestrian bridge at the South end of the slough, with an Interstate 90 exit ramp to Bellevue Way in the background.

Interstate 90 crosses the slough.

A ramp connecting Bellevue Way and Interstate 90 over Mercer Slough near its mouth to Lake Washington.

If it had been dark and foggy I would have sworn this came right out of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman was after me…

Takeoff. Leaving a footprint of splashes.

Never found a good way to get closer or a better view of these two great Blue Herons basking in the morning light.

Spider webs adorn branches and pop with a backlight of sunshine.

A dock near the footbridge in the middle of Mercer Slough.

Another frame of my greedy friend landing.

Ferns grow from a fallen log along a trail at Mercer Slough Nature Park.


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