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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mystery solved

The world can now know what has been digging in Janet Fisher's yard in Oregon...




Sunday, October 15, 2017

English walnuts in Oregon

Freshly harvested English walnuts are displayed on a farm near Roseburg in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. In the fall the nuts fall from their husks and are gathered from under the trees.  


Friday, October 13, 2017

Why did the newt cross the road?

A rough skinned newt crosses a road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The amphibians come out of their summer hiding spots as the fall rains start in Oregon.  
Another newt makes the crossing.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Up, up, up, and away

A small spider shoots out a gossamer thread from its spinnerets into the air as it prepares to go airborne from a strand of electric fence in a field near Elkton on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. This method some spiders use to travel in the air is called ballooning or kiting.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Acorns for breakfast


A black bear feeds on acorns in a stand of oaks on a hillside near Elkton in western Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. A moment after I took this photo he looked up, spotted me and ran off. Glad he ran in the opposite direction

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Running with the herd

A herd of wild Roosevelt elk run through on open area on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Roosevelt elk are the largest subspecies of elk in North America. Elk bulls generally weigh between 700 and 1100 pounds.


Aw, nuts!

A pine squirrel holds a walnut in its mouth as it climbs a tree on a ranch near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Pine squirrels normally feed on pine, spruce, berries, mushrooms and hemlock cones and seed. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Shooting elk (with a camera) in Oregon

A wild Roosevelt elk cow and calf stand on a hillside near Elkton is rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Roosevelt elk are the largest subspecies of elk in North America.
A bull elk walks past cattle grazing on a hillside near Elkton is rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. 

A Roosevelt bull elk stands nearby to the female and her calf on the hillside near Elkton, Oregon.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

One of these things is not like the others

A Roosevelt elk cow stands with a flock of sheep on a hillside near Elkton, Ore., on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spiders hang around on a misty morning in Oregon

On a misty fall morning, a spider hands in a dew drop covered web on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elk rutting season in Oregon

A flock of starlings perch on a large wild bull Roosevelt elk as he stands with a group of females in a wetland near Reedsport in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. It's the elk mating season in Oregon.

A  bull Roosevelt elk shows his interest in mating while displaying for a group of females at the Dean Creek Wildlife Viewing near Reedsport in western Oregon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. 
A large bull Roosevelt elk tears up grass with his antlers while displaying for a group of females.

Things get a little funky as the bull tests for receptivity. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Osprey perch

A young osprey perches in a dead tree along the bank of the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Snake crossing

A small snake crosses a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Another smoke filled day

The sun is turned red by a thick layer of wildfire smoke as it rises as seen from near Elkton in western Oregon on Wednesday Sept. 6, 2017.. Numerous large wildfires are burning in the Pacific Northwest and causing severe air quality issues.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cover photo: The Reader Magazine

Super cool, it's my #youthvgov photo on the cover of The Reader Magazine. Read more about the historic federal climate change lawsuit here

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wildfire Smoke in Elkton, Ore., Sept. 3, 2017

Meditating mantis

A mantis perches on the leaf of a hazelnut tree in an orchard near Roseburg in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Mantises were considered to have supernatural powers by early civilizations, including Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Assyria. Mantises are among the insects most commonly kept as pets. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Boom!!! goes the cannon

Children and adults cover their ears as a cannon is fired outside a replica of the Fort Umpqua trading post in Elkton during the Fort Umpqua Days festival in Elkton, Ore., on Saturday, Sept 2, 2107. The original Fort Umpqua was a trading post built by the Hudson's Bay Company in the company's Columbia District, in what is now the U.S. state of Oregon in 1832 near this site in Elkton. 

Egret in Oregon

An egret hunts in the shallows of the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fish hawks

A pair of osprey perch on a dead tree overlooking the Umpqua River near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Osprey, also called fish eaglessea hawksriver hawks, and fish hawks,  are considered to have a cosmopolitan distribution. Their range extends across all or most of the world in appropriate habitats.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dog Days

On a hot summer afternoon, a chocolate Labrador named Cocoa cools down in a small swimming pool outside a home near Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. The National Weather Service is predicting four days of over 100 degree days as a hot August gives way to September in southwestern Oregon.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Celestial smoke

Smoke from nearby wildfires colors the moon orange and red as seen from near Roseburg in southwestern Oregon on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert for most of western Oregon due to wildfires burning in the region. Air quality levels are predicted to fluctuate and could be at unhealthy levels.
The smoke is so thick you can smell and taste it. The air is very unhealthy, but it makes for amazing sunsets.

Along came a smokey sunset spider

Smoke from nearby wildfires colors the setting sun orange and red as a spider sits in its web near Roseburg in southwestern Oregon on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert for most of western Oregon due to wildfires burning in the region. Air quality levels are predicted to fluctuate and could be at unhealthy levels.  
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wasp for dinner

A large garden spider feeds on a yellow jacket wasp in a blackberry thicket along a creek near Roseburg in western Oregon on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Oh deer, it's another smokey sunset

Smoke from a nearby 10,000-acre wildfire burning in the Umpqua National Forest casts a pink, orange, and red cast to the setting sun as seen from a farm near Roseburg in western Oregon on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Total solar eclipse 2017

The total solar eclipse as seen from the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. 


Cell phone photography of the eclipse.

The partially eclipsed sun casts strange shadows.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

If I keep my eyes shut, maybe they won't see me

A small mouse keeps his eyes closed as he hides in the leaves of a hazelnut tree in an orchard on farm near Roseburg. Ore., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. The mouse was disturbed by watering in the orchard.

Monday, August 14, 2017

March against hate in Roseburg, Oregon

Demonstrators march outside the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg. Ore., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 in solidarity with Charlottesville, VA and against hate. About 90 people marched, chanted, and sang songs during the protest in the small town on Monday.