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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Magnificent Mantis

A mantis pauses while being photographed in a field near Elkton in western Oregon on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Fun fact: females mantises sometimes practice sexual cannibalism, eating their mates after copulation.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Eat your vegetable

A pair of twin fawns feed in a field along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, July 19, 2018. It may look like the fawns are greeting each other, but actually the fawn on the left attempting to steal the food out of the mouth of the fawn on the right.

Chewing and chewing

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Youth climate change lawsuit day in court

Youth plaintiffs in the Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit walk together to a hearing at the federal courthouse in Eugene, Ore., on Wed., July 18, 2018. The constitutional lawsuit was brought by 21 youth against the federal government. The government on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt proceedings in a climate-change lawsuit. If allowed to proceed, the trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 at the federal courthouse in Eugene.
Read more about the case and today's proceeding here.
Plaintiffs stay cool as they wait to enter the courthouse for the hearing.

The plaintiffs...
... and their legal team leave the courthouse after the hearing. The hearing packed the courtroom and 2 overflow rooms with spectators. 

Our Children's Trust co-counsel Phil Gregory speaks during a press briefing after the hearing.
Youth plaintiffs, attorneys and supporters on the steps of the federal courthouse in Eugene after the hearing.
Youth plaintiff Aji P. of Seattle makes a statement during the press briefing.
Our Children's Trust executive director and chief legal counsel Julia Olson makes a toast at a gathering after the hearing.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A question for our troubled times, or just a fun photo?

A chicken gingerly crosses the double yellow line of a country road near Elkton in western Oregon on Monday, July16, 2018.

My photography is represented by Here is my recent chicken photo on the website of The Times of London.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Two great colors

A small bee forages on a thistle flower in a pasture on a farm near Roseburg in western Oregon on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Berry spider

A large jumping spider clings to a wild blackberry growing in a thicket along a creek near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Jumping spiders are ambush predators and it was probably waiting for an unsuspecting insect to come along. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Growing pains

A black tailed fawn looks closely at what his mother is eating as the pair feed in an old plum orchard on a farm near Elkton in western Oregon on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The doe seemed interested in feeding herself and letting her fawn find its own food.

A doe steps away as her fawn attempts to get a drink of milk. Her twin fawns are probably old enough to survive by browsing, but a little sip of mother's milk sure would be nice.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Black widow closeup

A black widow spider is displayed in a wine glass after being found in an old barn near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, July 8, 2018. 
Black widow venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's.
Their bites can be fatal, usually to small children or the elderly. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Pretty baby

A black-tailed deer fawn walks through a wooded area on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The mother of the fawn was nearby just up the hill a few yards.

The hungry caterpillars

Cinnabar moth caterpillars feed on tansy ragwort plants in a field near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, July 6, 2018. The cinnabar moth was introduced to North America to help control  invasive noxious ragwort plants. 
The caterpillars buildup toxins in their bodies while feeding on the weeds and their striking coloration is believed to warn predators of their unpalatability.

Oregon hazelnuts

We now have about 22.5 acres of blight resistant hazelnuts under cultivation near Elkton along the Umpqua River. In 2018 the first 7.5 acres are coming into production and the next 15 acres were planted in 2017-18. The farm in in the process of gaining organic certification for the first planting. The orchard is established on the bottom-land of the fertile Kellogg Crescent on the Fisher Farm along the Umpqua River in northern Douglas County. The Fisher Farm was founded by Loznak's in-laws in 1868 after they traveled the Oregon Trail. 
The first planting of 7.5 acres of hazelnuts.

Check out a littler video I made yesterday with my drone...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

American pie

Picked a gallon of heritage cherries from the old tree at the homestead site overlooking the Umpqua River on our ranch in western Oregon yesterday (July 4, 2018). The cherries are small and semi-sweet. Should make for an amazing pie!!! The photo above was taken a few years ago when my son was home.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Casual bobcat

A wild bobcat walks through a meadow on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The wild cat appeared to be casually hunting for rodents in the field as dusk fell. 
Although I was working with an an extreme telephoto lens, the bobcat was aware of me. It seemed pretty unconcerned. 
The bobcat pauses to perform a little grooming...
The amazing creature gave me one more look before sauntering off into the thick brush bordering the meadow.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Eagle family

An adult bald eagle leaves its fledgling perched on the limb of a large Douglas fir tree along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Young bald eagles stay near their parents for about 2 months in their nesting territory while they learn to hunt and fly.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dewy dragonfly

A dragonfly encrusted with a heavy coat of morning dew, hangs from weeds in a pasture on a farm near Roseburg in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Ready for my closeup

A live wood tick climbs across the surface of a penny after being plucked from the neck of a person in rural western Oregon near Elkton on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 The bite of a tick can transmit many diseases including Lyme disease.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Breakfast of champions

A pair of twin black-tailed deer fawns enjoy a morning drink of mom's milk in a pasture along a country road near Elkton in southwestern, Oregon on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dewy dash

A black tailed deer fawn soaked with morning dew runs through a pastures on a farm near Elkton in Western, Oregon on Monday, June 18, 2018.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Why fawn have spots

A black tailed deer fawn walks past wildflowers in a field along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, June 16, 2018. 
Leaping through the grass.

The fawn finds a perfect hiding place in the tall grass.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

High pollen count

Pollen grains shake from the tops of grass growing in a pasture near Roseburg in western Oregon on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. According to the Oregon Allergy Associates the grass pollen count has skyrocketed back into the "very high" category in the area after recent rains. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Little stinker

A young skunk ventures forth along a country road near Elkton as dusk fall on Monday, June 11, 2018. Skunks have weak eyesight, but interestingly a keen sense of smell.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Brewer's blackbird in Oregon

A male Brewer's blackbird takes flight from a perch on a hazelnut tree sapling in an orchard near Roseburg in rural western Oregon on Monday, June 11, 2018. 
The male Brewer's blackbird sings from his perch...

and puffs up his feathers as he displays for a nearby female.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Rainbows and unicorns

It's mostly just rainbows and unicorns (minus the unicorn) around here in western Oregon recently.