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Hat Rock State Park © Peggy Jennings
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Photographer: Peggy Jennings
Copyright Notice: 2011 P Jennings
Footbridge
A lovely concrete bridge leads across a creek
Trail Through the Woods
All of the trails are well-maintained and clearly marked.
Birds in the Grass
Robins are seen cavorting in the grass.
Building houses visitor's activities and reat rooms.
Playground
Along with the picnic facilities, a playground offers entertainment for kids.
Picnic Area
Grills and tables are availble for picnics and are near the trails too.
White Flowers Amongst the Greenery
White wildflower serve to accent the lush green growth.
Flowers on the trail
Pretty flowers cover the trail in the spring breeze.
Down the Trail
The trails are marked an surrounded with greenery.
Wooded Trail
Stately pine trees line many of the trails.
North Entrance Sign
On the north side of Highway 12, the park has campsites with privacy and beauty.
South Entrance
The sign at the south entrance tells visitors about the park's history.
Wildflowers
Beautiful wildflowers are plentiful.
Flowers amidst the greenery
Lush growth is a characteristic of this park
Camplite
A secluded campsite offers table and grill along with privacy.
Heritages Days
The Gazebo by the river.
Geese and goslings
Trail along Mill Creek
Hike and bike trails are very popular in good weather
Horses in the picnic area
Many visitors to Bennington Lake trailer in their horses and enjoy riding the trails around the lake.
Volatile spring sky
The weather in the area changes rapidly and presents some pretty dramatic scenes in the skies.
Soaring Osprey
It would be difficult NOT to see an Osprey in the springtime in this area. It is fascinating to watch them fishing and then turning their catch around in midair so that it faces forward to make it easier to transport a big fish back to the nest.
Killdeer
A young Killdeer blends in with his surrounding while waiting for Mom to return. He is almost invisible in the rocks
Beautiful View
Visitors to the area enjoy fantastic views like this from just about anyplace they might reach.
Mallard Drake
There is a wide variety of waterfowl species that can be viewed on Bennington Lake, depending on the season.
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A Canada Goose gathering on Mill Creek
This area attracts such a wide variety of waterfowl as well as many other types of wildlife.
Mill Creek
Rooks Park is a point of access to Mill Creek and offers great birding and views.
Ducks in Flight
Waterfowl take off and fly about Mill Creek.
Horseback riders on the trail
With plenty of room for hikers and riders to enjoy, the trails see a lot of traffic around Bennington Lake.
On the trail
Hiking on the trails in the area is a popular pastime for many of the visitors.
From SH 240
Clouds building up
From Horn Rapids Dam
View from a traditional Native American fishing site on the Yakima River
Walla Walla River
The river winds lazily through McNary National Wildlife Refuge.
Wetlands Pond has abundant birds
Birds of all kinds are very active around the ponds of the Refuge.
Natural Bouguet
All the native plants are marked outside the Visitor Center.
Visitor Center Display
A teepee is set up outside the Education Center on Burbank Sough.
Wildflowers
Colorful flowers are abundant in the Refuge.
White Flower
A closeup of a white wildflower show its amazing detail.
Wetlands/Dry Hills
There is a stark contrast in the colors of the Wetlands compared to the arid hills to the south.
Waterfowl on Burbank Slough
Taken from the bridge across the slough.
Under the Bridge
The view across the track under US 12.
Walla Walla River
Two Grebes are supervised by a Great Blue Heron on the Walla Walla River.
Fires Aftermath
Dead trees form fascinating shapes after a fire devastates the area and it has begun to recover.
Fishing for Dinner
An abundance of eagles visit the refuge beside the Columbia River every winter.
Gull with Outstretched Wings
The possibility of getting fed motivated the gulls to act out.
A Solitary Gull
Driftwood
Driftwood along the river is found in many shapes.
Burned Tree
Trees are left behind after a wildfire.
A Clear Day
View to the south.
Northwest Sky Over McNary
Typical view from the Boat Launch area looking south.
Wetland Restoration Sign
Deep in the refuge a sigh describes the joint effort of a group of local and national entities.
Western Grebe
A lone Grebe navigates the river.
Grebes on the River
Grebes swim peacefully on the Walla Walla River.
Great Blue Heron
A fishing Great Blue Heron is so still he is hard to see.
Wallula Junction
Looking toward Wallula Junction for the lookout in McNary off of Highway 12.
Burbank Slough
Birds fly over the slough while many more rest in the water.
Sea Gulls
Gulls show off their antics.
Family Dinner
A family feud seems to be in the pecking order when food is up for grabs
In the Shallows
Sea Gulls present a picture of serenity as they gather in the shallow water.
Wallula Lake
The view across Wallula Lake.
Circle of Grebes
Grebes swim in a circle on the Walla Walla River.
The Colors of Fall
An array of wildflowers displays a range of autumn colors.
Bald Eagle
An eagle takes off looking for a less crowded place.
Busy Bee
A bee is busy gathering nectar from flowers along the river.
Flight
Vast flocks of birds are seen over Burbank Slough.
Bald Eagle
A lone eagle looks out over the Columbia River.
Waterfowl
Waterfowl along Wallula Lake where it conjoins with the Walla Walla River enjoy the shallower water.
Toward Kennewick
A tributary runs into shore from Wallula Lake on a calm day.
Grebe
A single Grebe bucks the current on the Walla Walla River.
Beautiful Sky
A moon visible in daylight graces the winter sky on the shore of the Columbia River.
A Few Birds
A flight of birds fills the sky at Burbank Slough.
Canada Geese
Geese enjoying a romp in the shallows.
Canada Geese
Canada Geese cavort in the shallow of a small lake just north of US 12.
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