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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Roosevelt elk near Elkton

A wild Roosevelt elk bull and several cows stand in a field near the small town of Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Roosevelt elk bulls generally weigh between 700 and 1100 pounds, while cows weigh 575–625 pounds.
A group of cow elk survey the scene from a nearby ridge.

Heron on the rocks

A wild great blue heron steps carefully between rocks in the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.
The heron shakes off dust and small feathers while grooming on the rocks.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dungeness crab in western Oregon

Fishing guide TODD HANNAH measures the carapace of a Dungeness crab while crabbing on his boat on the Umpqua River near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean in western Oregon on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. In 2009 the Dungeness crab was designated as the state crustacean of Oregon. Seafood Watch has given the Dungeness crab a sustainable seafood rating of 'Good Alternative' to overfished species or fish that is farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.
Tossing a crab trap back.
A full trap is pulled.
Fishing guide Todd Hannah has spent his life on the water in western Oregon.
Shadow enjoys the view as the boat heads back to dock after a day of crabbing at the mouth of the Umpqua River in western Oregon.



Hi, from the Oregon coast

A group of Pacific harbor seals gather on a mud flat near the mouth of the Umpqua River near Reedsport in southwestern Oregon on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. The world wide harbor seal population is estimated to be 500,000 individuals.  
A pup and older seals on the mud flat.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

It's all the buzz, recently published work

It's my photo, via AP, of a honey bee in the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGATE.com website. It a cool story about searching for all of the bee species in Oregon.

Another of my bee photos, via ZUMAPRESS.com, used on the whowhatwhy.org site. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Foggy morning in Oregon

The sun comes up behind a black walnut tree on a foggy fall morning near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Fastest animal on the planet

A peregrine falcon lands on a dead tree high on a ridge overlooking the Umpqua River in rural western Oregon near Elkton on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, peregrine falcons are described as the fastest animal on the planet, and have been recorded reaching speeds in excess of 240 miles an hour in dives after prey.  
...and takeoff...

The amazing peregrine falcon perches on the tree. There were actually a pair of the birds together when I first spotted them. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dew drop in

Spiders hang in their dew drop encrusted webs in a pasture on a hillside near Roseburg early on Oct. 10, 2018.

This one was especially large!!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Aw, nuts!

The outer husk is cut away to display a nearly ripe English walnuts in an orchard on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2018 
A glass bowl of delicious freshly harvested walnuts.
The husk naturally cracks and falls away as the nut ripens on the tree.


Sunday, October 7, 2018

All good goats go to heaven

The Rev. NANCY GALLAGHER says a prayer for a goat named BONNIE during a Saint Francis Day blessing of the animals service at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Gallagher blessed about 50 dogs, a few cats, and one goat during the service.  
A one-eyed chihuahua named SABRINA gets blessed during the event.

The Rev. NANCY GALLAGHER blessed two small dogs as they wrap up their owner. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Tuck and cover

A western pond turtle tucks its head in for safety after being discovered along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Western pond turtles are currently listed as endangered in Washington State. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife considers it a sensitive species. The turtles can live to be as old as 70 years old, and don’t reproduce until they are older than ten years.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Antler perch


On a rainy day, sparrows perch on a deer skull marking a fence on a farm near Roseburg in western Oregon on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

The eagle has landed

A wild bald eagle lands in the branches of an old growth Douglas fir tree along the Umpqua River near Elkton in western Oregon on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

The eagle waits out a rain shower on a limb of the tree.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Hunting egret

An egret tosses back a small fish it caught while hunting in a slough along the Umpqua River near Reedsport in western Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Down by the river

A pair of wild turkeys forage in the lush grass along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018