An Almost Spring Day in Tumwater Falls

Last Saturday we decided to go for a walk at the Tumwater Falls Park in Tumwater WA. It was abnormally warm for a January day, 60 degrees, but the waters were fierce as they came down the falls. It was beautiful. Tumwater Falls Park was made happened by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) in 1962. The land was donated by The Olympia Brewing Company. It is a 15-acre park along the falls of the Deschutes River. This beautiful park continues to attract hundreds visitors each year.

The park is located in the small, city of Tumwater, Washington, the Deschutes River ends its journey there from the Cascade range to tumble a final 82 feet into Capitol Lake and reaches the Puget Sound from there. The park has a wide variety of native plants on both sides of the river. It is just beautiful!

This park has 1.5 mile of walking trails connected by beautiful bridges. In the entrance to the park there are beautifully maintained lawns, picnic facilities, a sand-filled areas for the children as well as a large parking area.

During the month of September and October visitors are able to do Salmon Watching as the Chinook Salmons make their way back from the ocean to the Deschutes Hatchery to spawn.  People are able to observe the salmon leap the 82 foot falls trying to reach their destination.

During my visit I walked to the end of the trail and found a cold-wet sit to be there for a while hoping to sketch my beautiful view. As always, when I sketch I feel that time stops completely. It is the most amazing experience ever and that is why I love Urban Sketching so much. A friend of mine refered to it as a meditation in action and he is completely right. This place is one of the most amazing places to sketch, to meditate or both.


The last bridge in Tumwater Falls. 


First Fall 


A different view of the first falls

I hope to visit the falls soon during the Spring to enjoy its waters once again.

Happy Sketching,


About D. Abreu

I am a psychotherapist by profession but felt in love with the arts, watercolor painting and Urban Sketching. With no formal background or education in fine arts I decided to teach myself using any resources I could find and this is my journey.
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