Thursday, October 30, 2014

Snail season in Oregon

A Pacific sideband snail inches slowly over a moss and mushroom encrusted piece of rotting wood on a forested hillside near Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The snail is native to the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest and can be found from Alaska to northern California.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Life finds a way

A just hatched baby chicken is warmed after it was found outside of its nest on Sunday, Oct., 26, 2014. The chick is part of our backyard flock. Raising backyard chickens for fresh eggs has become more popular in the United States over the last few years. The chick was placed back with its mother after it warmed up.
Nap time

Itsy bitsy spider

A small spider is dwarfed by a rain drop as it climbs on a rusty strand of electrified fence strung around an orchard on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Grin and bear it

My trail camera captured a nice big black bear near a pond on our ranch in southwestern Oregon last week. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rodents of unusual size: nutria

A nutria begs for food scraps on the bank of a pond behind a shopping center in Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Nutria, also know as coypu, are native to South America and are considered an invasive species in North America.  

Love the hands.
Don't try this at home.  I'm a trained photographer.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nectar seeker

A foraging honey bee lands on a blooming artichoke in the backyard garden of a home near Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Swooping swifts

As dusk falls, hundreds of Vaux's swifts swoop into their roosting spot inside an unused chimney at a community center in Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The flock of Vaux's swifts, also known as chimney swifts, use the structure every year for a few weeks during their annual migration through the