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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The great flood


A damp western gopher climbs in a hazelnut tree after being flushed book its burrow during watering in an orchard near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Running start


A ducks gets a running start as it takes flight in the early morning on the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Seeking shade


On a sweltering 95-degree day, a family of wild black-tailed deer keep cool on the dirt floor under an old barn on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The National Weather Service is forecasting near 90-degree days with no rain for at least the next week in the area.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Argiope aurantia



An Argiope aurantia, commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, zigzag spider, hay spider or corn spider captures a grasshopper in its web on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Monday, July 27, 2020. The bite of the yellow garden spider is harmless to non-allergic humans, roughly equivalent to a bumblebee sting in intensity. 

Another spider feeding on an insect.

Waxing crescent moon


A turkey vulture is silhouetted against the evening sky as the waxing crescent moon hangs in the western sky as seen from near Elkton in rural western Oregon on July 26, 2020. Over the next few days more of the lunar surface will be become visible and at the point over 50% is visible it is known as a waxing gibbous moon.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Browsing for breakfast


A wild black-tailed deer fawn awkwardly feeds in a pasture along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hungry, hungry bullfrog


A bullfrog attempts catch an insect while feeding in a cattle watering trough on a ranch near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, July 22, 2020. 

I'm so happy these creatures are only about fist sized. Could you imagine an alligator or bear sized bullfrog?