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Friday, April 28, 2017

A day of networking in D.C. with Youthvgov

It was a day of networking and education for the YouthvGov team in Washington, D.C. today.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

YouthvGov press conference at U.S. Supreme Court

The Our Children's Trust team of plaintiffs is led by Kelsey Juliana during a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on  Thursday, April 27, 2017. The youth are suing the United States government on constitutional grounds over climate change.
Levi is the youngest of the 21 plaintiffs. He had a great time playing under a colorful parachute on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court.
Plaintiffs Levi, center, and Jacob, right, enjoy the parachute.
Youth plaintiff JOURNEY ZEPHIER and attorney PHILIP GREGORY stand on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Plaintiffs Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Victoria Barrett on the steps of the courthouse.

Our Children's Trust lead attorney Julia Olson and plaintiff Kelsey Juliana outside the Supreme Court.
Julia Olson looks over her notes before the start of the press conference.

Best friends Isaac and Zealand on the steps of the courthouse.
Sen. RON WYDEN (D-OR) gives a high-five to youth plaintiff LEVI DREHEIM during a press conference on the sidewalk in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington. 
Plaintiff Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is interviewed after the press conference.

Youth plaintiffs, from left,  ISAAC VERGUN, AJI PIPER, and KIRAN OOMMEN sit on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

YouthvGov., team on Capital Hill

 The plaintiffs and staff of the Our Children's Trust federal climate change lawsuit spent the day meeting with senators and touring the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. 

Plaintiffs Avery and Hazel listen as Oregon's Senator Ron Wyden speaks with them in the hallway outside his office. 
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island met with the plaintiffs and staff inside a conference room in his office.
Plaintiff Nathan Baring of Alaska jokes with Sen. Whitehouse about the size differance of their respective states.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was spotted walking in the tunnels under the Capitol Building. He seemed in a rush and only gave a little wave to the startled OCT team.
Plaintiffs Nathan and Nick seem to enjoy their ride on a trolly in the tunnels under the Capitol Building.
The familiar face of Sen. John McCain of Arizona was spotted as he was surrounded by a gaggle of journalist.
Plaintiffs Avery and Sahara enjoy a dance after their meeting with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
Plaintiff Nick is an amazing kid. So full of life, humor, and questions. 

Youth plaintiffs Hazel and Nathan dressed for success for their day on the Hill.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Darth Vader gargoyle at the Washington National Cathedral

A Darth Vader gargoyle looks down from high on one of the towers atthe National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 24, 2017. 
According to, Iin the 1980s, during the construction of the northwest tower, Christopher Rader won third-place in the National Geographic World Magazine contest for children, with his drawing of Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter and the stonecarver was Patrick J. Plunkett. The Darth Vader grotesque is very difficult to see with the naked eye, and binoculars or a telephoto lens are generally needed to spot it.

Far below the evil Sith Lord, a cute rabbit feeds in the beautiful gardens on the cathedral grounds.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Youth v Gov., in Washington, D.C.- Day 1

Plaintiffs, attorneys, and staff from Eugene, Ore., based Our Children's Trust have arrived in Washington, D.C., to take park in the Science March and the People's Climate March. The youth from OCT are taking on the federal government in a landmark climate change lawsuit. 

Our Children's Trust lead attorney Julia Olson on the steps of the Supreme Court. The case may eventually make its way to the court.
Sign making for the science march.

Equal Justice Under Law
A few of the young plaintiffs enjoying the warm evening in D.C.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trillium time in Oregon

Wild trilliums grow on a damp hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Monday, April 17, 2017. In some areas certain trillium species are considered endangered or threatened. Picking the trillium flower will often kill the plant. 
A small insect clings to one of the trillium flowers.
Trilliums come in several colors

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hovering hummingbird

A rufous hummingbird feeds on a flowering camellia bush near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Sunday, April 16, 2017. While hovering the rufous hummingbird wings can beat 200 times per second. 

My cool photo in The Oregonian

It's my cool photo of a meadowlark (in Montana) on / The Oregonian.