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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fawn at dawn

A black-tailed deer fawn on its mother walk on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on early Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trial of the Millennium


Supporters gather outside of the federal courthouse in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 before a case management hearing in the landmark Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit. The non-profit Our Children's Trust is representing 21 youth between the ages of 9 and 21 who are suing the United States government on constitutional grounds over their right to a stable climate system. During the hearing the federal judge said the case is moving towards trail early in 2018.

Our Children's Trust lead attorney JULIA OLSON hugs plaintiff TIA HATTON before the hearing.
Youth Plaintiff AVERY MCRAE autographs a sign with her picture on it before the hearing.
Supporter NANCY WALLACE holds signs with images of youth plaintiffs before a case management hearing in the landmark Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit outside the federal courthouse in Eugene. 
Youth plaintiff KELSEY JULIANA poses for a selfie with a supporter.
Youth plaintiffs, from left, JACOB LEBEL, KIRAN OOMMEN, and TIA HATTON.
Youth plaintiff TIA HATTON on the steps of the federal courthouse.
A supporter arrives with her world globe at the courthouse.
Plaintiff ALEX LOZNAK speaks to supporters before the start of the hearing.
Youth plaintiff AVERY MCRAE speaks before the hearing.
Plaintiff KELSEY JULIANA reacts on the steps of the courthouse after the hearing.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Baby's day out

A week-old baby chick explores the farm yard on a ranch near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
Baby is warm and secure under the mama chicken
A cat keeps an eye on the baby chick. The kitty seemed content to just watch did not seem interested in a chicken dinner.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pollenpalooza

Small grains of pollen waft from a mature grass seed-head growing in a pasture on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Early summer is high time for pollen dispersion and also high time for pollen allergies. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

22 Elk

Look carefully and you can count 22 elk on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Editor's note: A close reader of the blog says she counted several times and came up with 23 elk. I still only see 22, but I could be wrong.

June flowers

Wildflowers bloom along the side of a country road near Elkton, Ore., on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Down came the spider

A small spider appears to defend a wildflower growing on a hillside near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Little hopper

A grasshopper clings to a stem of grass on a hillside near the Umpqua River in southwestern Oregon on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Prepare for liftoff

A beetle spreads its wings as it prepares to take flight from the leaf of a hazelnut tree growing in an orchard on a farm near Roseburg on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A chicken in every pot

A just-hatched baby chicken is warmed up in a makeshift incubator on the top of the stove at our ranch near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The chick was discovered cold and nearly lifeless outside its nest before it was revived on the warmed stove.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Large and in charge

A large bull snake basks on a county road near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Bull snakes are one of the largest species of snakes native to North America.
After photography the snake I encouraged it to move off the road.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Being green

A bullfrog basks on the edge of a cattle watering trough on a ranch near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Bullfrogs are considered an invasive species in Oregon. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Coming through the rye

On a warm sunny evening, our happy looking chocolate Labrador "Cocoa" and our border collie mix 'Lily" play fetch in a pasture on our farm near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Friday, May 19, 2017.


Drone view of trees and the Umpqua River

Flew the drone yesterday to see a small slide area on our ranch near Kellogg, Oregon. I still need more practice on flying, but it sure is fun. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Perfect perch

Our calico cat named "Sweetie" perches on a fence post with a dramatic sky behind her on our ranch near Elkton, Ore., on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Out and about

As dusk falls, a barn owl perches on a fence post along a country road near Roseburg in rural southwestern Oregon on Monday, May 15, 2017. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just hanging around

A colony of bats gather in a nest box on the side of a barn on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Bats are important predators of insects, but are also one of the main vectors for the rabies virus in North America.

I used a hand-held LED flashlight to light the inside of the bat box.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Slug mug

A giant Pacific banana slug slides slowly along the forest floor on a hillside near rain-soaked Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Banana slugs are one of the largest land slugs in the world. This one was at least 9-inches long.

Rainy day gnome


On a rainy Oregon day, clover-like plant grows into a natural umbrella over a garden gnome in a flower bed at a home near Roseburg on Thursday, May 11, 2017.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

AHH CHOO!!! It's pollen season

A small cloud of pollen wafts from a mature grass seed head in a field near Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Grass and tree pollen cause allergy symptoms in millions of people. Some scientists predict climate change will extend the pollen season in many areas and make for more severe allergy problems. 

Just a little dusting of pollen
Photos are made using a shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second. The stem is lightly tapped and the pollen is released.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Meet the beetle

A beetle climbs on the leaf of a hazelnut tree growing in our orchard near Elkton, Ore.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

What are you looking at?

An alligator lizard soaks up the warmth from the setting sun along the side of  country road near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Thursday, May. 4, 2017.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.

Levi and the Our Children's Trust team march past the Trump International Hotel as they take part in the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

A large Donald Trump puppet stands in front of the White House during the march.
Zealand and Levi take a selfie with former vice president Al Gore as they march with thousands during the People's Climate March in D.C.
The Capitol building with marchers.
The Our Children's trust team took the Metro to the march along with thousands and thousands of other marchers.
Marchers in colorful costumes.
Julia motions for everyone to sit during a segment of the march.
The OCT team proudly prepares to march in the People's Climate March.
Attorney Julia Olson snaps a selfie during the march.
The march passed the Trump International Hotel in route to the White House.