Serviceberries

These plump little native berries ripen at the height of summer. They feed birds, wildlife, and passing walkers like us who look forward to them every year. Abundant rains this spring assured a good crop. They’re not the tastiest of mini fruits but a handful of them on our salad the other night was a nice addition. I’m told they’re high in antioxidants. They’re also called Saskatoons.

Return to slippin’ and slidin’

A couple of weeks ago the exit side of the road through this lookout at the Dungeness Recreation Area was blocked. When we arrived the other day the whole pullout was blocked, as you can see here. This is the entrance.

Erosion at this part of the bluff has picked up since I last showed it to you in June. It’s worth a look for comparison; the change is dramatic.

The fence post I showed you last month is now hanging freely in space. It was very windy when I took this shot yesterday. The fence blew back and forth like a wooden flag.

Slippin’ and slidin’

Another big piece of the bluffs at Dungeness Recreation Area has taken a tumble. The bumpers you see on the right side of this shot are at the edge of a pullout road that passes this spot, bringing the bluff ledge within about five feet (1.5 m.) of the road.

There is virtually nothing beyond the right side of the post here. The sandy soil under the post is starting to crack away and you can see some daylight where the erosion has eaten under the fence on the right.

Clallam County Parks, manager of the recreation area, plans to realign trails and roads away from the bluffs. It looks like their timetables may have to be set in motion sooner than anyone wants. I wish it weren’t so. This is one of the few remaining areas with an unobstructed water view and it’s a nice place to stop.