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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The four amigos

A family of wild week-old barn owl owlets look out from their nest box high in the peak of a barn on a farm near Oakland in southwestern Oregon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
When hunting is good, breeding pairs of barn owls can hatch more than one clutch in a season. When rodent populations are low the owlets will fight for survival and push their smaller siblings out of the nest.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bernie Sander campaigns in Oregon

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of over 8,000 at a city park in Springfield, Ore., on Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Young supporters wait for the candidate.
Ron Kohn of Eugene greets a child at the entrance to the event.
The excitement builds at Sanders takes the stage.
Sanders waves to the crown as he is escorted by the Secret Service.
Sanders spoke for about 45 minutes to an appreciative crown of about 8,000.
Thousands of spectators wait outside a security gate at Island Park in Springfield.
Candidate Bernie Sanders greets well wishers at the "rope line" after his speech.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Being green

A large wild bullfrog floats in a flooded ditch along a country road in rural southwestern Oregon near Roseburg on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Bullfrogs, which are known for their voracious appetites, are considered an invasive species in the western United States. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Napping owl

A wild barn owl appears to sleep on a post in a barn on a farm in southwestern Oregon on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Like most owls, barn owls are nocturnal and do most of their hunting at dusk and dawn. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

After the storm

A gusty windstorm downed a large maple tree on the back of our lovely house this evening on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The main heavy trunk missed the house by inches and we apparently suffered very little damage. I'll be getting up on the roof in the morning to find out more.
The sky turned a vibrant orange after the storm passed.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


A cranefly clings to a fern plant on a damp forested hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Heads up

A wild blue-tailed skink pokes its head out of a crack in a tree stump as it hunts for insects on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Saturday, April 9, 2016.