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Monday, December 31, 2012

My photo in Conde Nast Traveler

Grrrrrr!  It's my photo in Conde Nast Traveler. It's a photo I took several years ago in Alberta, Canada.  The kid in the photo is my son Alex when he was about seven years old.  He turns 16 tomorrow!  Man-o-man did he love dinosaurs.  They picked the picture up from the photo agency I work with: ZUMAPRESS.com .

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bathtub scene

An old bathtub sits in a wooded area on a private ranch in the Coast Range mountains near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. The tub was probably placed on the hillside to be used as a watering tough for cattle or sheep.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Birds of a feather

A domestic chicken shares her meal with a flock of hungry blackbirds in the driveway of a a home in rural southwestern Oregon.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

My photo on natgeo.com


My snail photo is part of the Daily Dozen gallery on the National Geographic site. Readers can vote for their favorite photo. The winner gets a pony (or something)... 


17 seconds of Scooter

It's time for Scooter's annual Christmas video. It's 17 seconds of pure Scooterness. Enjoy!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Year in Pictures on NBC NEWS

NBC News has used a couple of my images in their 2012 Year in Pictures presentation.  The cat photo is in the editor's choice news gallery. Most of the pictures in the galley are epic images capturing war and natural disasters.  A few of the pictures, like mine, capture the lighter side of life.  It's an honor to have my picture represented with so many amazing images. Here is a link to a posting with the entire sequence of the cat and bird interaction.

The grasshopper is in the Users Favorites gallery.  It was one of the winning images in people's choice vote in the Week in Pictures from October.  The cat also won one of the Week in Pictures votes.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dusting of snow

We received just a dusting of snow in the valleys of southwestern Oregon today, but the higher elevations got several inches and more is on the way.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas cat: open with care

Scooter (the best cat in the world) settles into a box under the Christmas tree on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Check out last year's Christmas Cat video below...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Abandoned Chevrolet sedan


An early 1940's Chevrolet sedan sits abandoned and decaying in thick brush along the Umpqua River in rural Douglas County near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.  When new, a similar vehicle like the 1941 Chevorlet Fleetline sedan, sold for only $877.


The engine in gone and the roof is partially collapsed, but it still looks like it was a nice car. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stray cat

A stray cat has showed up at the ranch.  She's friendly, hungry and very dirty.  The neighbors think she's the same cat that's been hanging around their house for a while.  If it is the same cat she's been fixed.  We're feeding her outside.  I guess she can stay for a while.




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Slimy salamander on nbcnews.com

It's my salamander photo in this week's  Animal Tracks gallery on nbcnews.com.  Just so you know, salamanders are not slimy.  More like smooth and slightly damp. 
MSN also picked up the image.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Roseburg senior portraits

A few recent photos from a senior portrait photo shoot with Cassidy in my Roseburg, Ore., photo studio.  Now is a great time to book your portrait shoot.  I have very reasonable sitting fees and print prices.  Check my website to see more of my work.












Cat yawn

I am Fluffy, hear me yawn!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hello there!

An Oregon Ensatina salamander crawls over a moss and mushroom covered log in a moist forested area near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.  Ensatina salamanders are lungless and respirate through their skin.

Many of my photos are represented by the photo agency Zumapress.  On their website yesterday they highlighted my salamander photo in their Pictures of the Day gallery.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Small mushroom family

A small mushroom, about the size of a match head, grows along with a slightly larger mushroom on the side of a mossy tree in Roseburg's Stewart Park on Friday, Dec. 8, 2012.  Recent heavy rains in the Pacific Northwest and northern California have been good for moisture loving moss and mushrooms.

I was at the park waiting to shoot photos of an actual person, but noticed the mushrooms.  I had a small lighting kit ready for my job and used it here.  That's why the light looks so good. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nefertiti the jumping spider

The Guardian in the U.K. used my jumping spider photo to illustrate a story about Nefertiti, the spider which traveled to the International Space Station.  It's an interesting story and it made me a little sad and also proud for the spider.
From the story: 
Kelly Carnes of the Smithsonian told the LA Times: "The unexpected loss of this special animal who inspired so many imaginations will be felt throughout the museum community … The body of Nefertiti will be added to the museum's collection of specimens where she will continue to contribute to our understanding of spiders."

Modeling with Annie

Yesterday I worked with a new model on a commercial photo for an advertisement in my Roseburg, Oregon photo studio. She was really great.  I hope the client  thinks so.





Wednesday, December 5, 2012

High water on the North Umpqua River

High water rushes over the Winchester Dam on the North Umpqua River near Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.  A series of wet Pacific storms have saturated southern Oregon and northern California and pushed many creeks and rivers to near flood stage. 

Slimy animal tracks

It's my snail photo in this week's Animal Tacks gallery on nbcnews.com.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Say cheese

A rain soaked pigeon chokes down a soggy cheese puff in the parking lot of a city park in Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Snail crossing

CAUTION: Slow moving critter ahead
A large Pacific sideband snail slowly crosses a rain wet road in rural Douglas County, Oregon near Elkton on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.  The moisture loving snail should be very content with the recent heavy rains in southwestern Oregon and northern California.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Barbie doll illustration

Today I'm shooting an illustration using a Barbie doll and water.  It's for a potential book cover.  I think the photo would also make a good editorial illustration for a story about eating disorders.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rushing creek

The rain swollen Wright Creek rushes under a low hanging cedar bow on the Umpqua National Forest near Idleyld Park, Ore., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.  More rain is in the forecast for the area over the next several days.

Making tracks on nbcnews.com

It's my damp dragonfly photo in this week' s Animal Tracks gallery on nbcnews.com.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sideband snail

A large Pacific sideband snail crawls slowly over a  damp mossy log in a forested area near Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. The Pacific sideband snail is endemic to the Pacific Coast of North America from southern Alaska to northern California. Although their range is large, the snail is vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Uncle Fester

An articulated deer skeleton "lives" in an abandoned  barn on our ranch in southwestern Oregon. It's been in the barn as long as I can remember.  Our best guess is that the deer wondered in to the barn and just never left.  It's strange that no scavengers ever  scattered the bones.  We don't visit the barn often, but tonight my son and I hiked to the remote area and found "Uncle Fester" is still hanging around. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

How you doing?

"How You Doin'?"
A wild blacktail deer buck keeps an eye on a nearby doe in a plum orchard in rural Douglas County, Ore., near Roseburg on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.  The buck was in rut and seemed unconcerned about anything but getting the attention of the doe. 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012