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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Great blue heron in Oregon

A great blue heron spreads its wings while hunting on mossy rocks along the Umpqua River near Elkton in western Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.
A bit later the heron took off for a new spot slightly down stream.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Sleeping beauty

The rusting body of an abandoned car is covered with fall leaves as it rests on the bank of the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. The car is possibly a 1941 Chevorlet Fleetline.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mushroom magic

A large mushroom grows from the trunk of a mossy tree along the bank of the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Note: The photo is lit from above using a hand-held flash. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Cheeky Clark's nutcracker at Crater Lake National Park

A Clark's nutcracker snatches a snack from the hand of a tourist at a scenic overlook at Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. According the the National Audubon Society the park is home to approximately 84 bird species. The Clark's nutcracker is a super smart bird. Researchers say it's one of the most intelligent species on the planet. Read more here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

'Twas the night before Halloween

As dusk falls the night before Halloween, a bat yawns as it awakes with its colony as they and prepare for their nightly insect hunting flights on a farm near Elkton on Oct. 30, 2019. 
A cute little guy.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Climate Strike in Vancouver, British Columbia with Greta Thunberg

Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg prepares to speak to thousand gathered in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia during a rally after a climate strike march. According to Vancouver police about 15,000 people took part in the event.
Thousands took part in the march and gathered in from the of the Vancouver Art Gallery for the rally.
Young Canadians came out in huge numbers for the Climate Strike.

A group of children look on from behind a barricade.
Greta Thunberg leaves the rally behind a protective barrier of volunteers.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Walnut thief

On a wet fall day, a Steller's jay snatches a walnut from the roof of a shed in an orchard near Elkton in western Oregon on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. The bird was using it's powerful beak to break open the nuts and eat the tender meat inside.

A western scrub-jay also got in on the action.