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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

A pair of dachshunds dressed as hotdogs walk in the annual Neewollah Parade in downtown Roseburg, Ore. If you didn't know, Neewollah is Halloween spelled backwards.

Hanging around on

It's my otter photo in the week's Animal Tracks gallery on

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rough skinned newt and banana slug

A wild rough skinned newt crawls over colorful fall leaves in a wooded area along the Umpqua River near Elkton, Ore,m on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

I found the banana slug sliming his way slowly over the damp leaves nearby.  Sometimes it pays off to look down while walking through the woods.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Having a blast

About eight ounces of black power is ignited to blast a 75-pound steel anvil into the air during a demonstration of explosives at a Halloween festival at the Henry Estate Winery near Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.  Anvil shooting or blasting was once a popular small town American tradition.
JESSE EMERSON lets spectator MARY JO SMITH ignite about four ounces of black powder as he shoots a pumpkin from a cannon during the demonstration. 
Watching the pumpkin fly.
A small pumpkin is blasted from the black powder cannon.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall waterfall

It's a fall waterfall on Deer Creek in Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.  This is the photo I was taking when the river otters showed up this morning.

River otters

I'm snapping photos of the fall colors down by the river this morning and up swim a couple of river otters. They check me out for a while and it's all cool. Sometimes I feel like Dr. Dolittle.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall graveyard

Gravestones stand on a foggy morning, as a dew coated spiderweb hangs in the fence around the Roseburg National Cemetery in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.  The cemetery was established in 1897 and is under the care of the United States Veteran's Administration.  
A colorful maple leaf rests on a gravestone at the cemetery. The grave with the leaf contains the remains of Spanish American War veteran Harry A. Taylor. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Exploding wine glasses

A wine glass filled with liquid soap explodes as it is impacted by a pellet during a demonstration of ballistic at a private shooting range near Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.  The weapon being used in the demonstration is capable of firing a pellet at about 725 feet per second.

Last time I tried similar photos I used a .22 with hollow points. This time I slowed down the projectile and got a bit less blur.  
The camera is firing at 1/8000th of a second.
Grape Jelly
Marbles and watered down liquid soap
Tomato soup and liquid soap

Recent publications

A few recent publications.  
The Wall Street Journal.

NBC News
National Geographic

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My photo on the National Geographic website

My photo of a northern spotted owl with a mouse is currently features in the Daily Dozen gallery on the National Geographic website.

Fall in the vineyard

Fall in the vineyard
A robin pauses while gleaning grapes from a vineyard in fall colors in the countryside near Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Erik and Shawnee - Oct. 22, 2012

Erik and Shawnee had a very simple wedding ceremony today at the Millpond Campground along Rock Creek near Glide, Ore., today. The rain held off just long enough for the ceremony and a few photos under the trees.
I'm a Roseburg, Ore., based commercial, nature, editorial, and wedding photographer.  

Check out my website to see more of my work.
I'm booking weddings now for 2013.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Itsy bitsy spider

A small spider encounters a water drop as it walks along strand of electric fence wire on a rainy morning on our ranch in rural southwestern Oregon near Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. 
Another frame of the Itsy Bitsy made the Pictures of the Day gallery.  Which photo do you think is better?

Friday, October 19, 2012

They don't call it Deer Creek for nothing...

With fall leaves blanketing the banks, a family of deer cross the aptly named Deer Creek in Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Spooky morning

Hay bales painted with a Halloween theme greet motorists on a foggy morning along a country road at the Kruse Farms roadside market in Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. 

Fuzzy wuzzy

A furry tussock moth caterpillar climbs on a fencepost along a rural road near Elkton, Ore., on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.  Some species of tussock moth caterpillars are known to excrete a venom which can cause an itchy or painful reaction in humans. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Get your dirty stinking beak off of my gopher

A domestic cat named "Sweetie" attempts to defend her kill from a marauding free-range chicken on the back porch of a home in rural Douglas County, Ore., near Elkton on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The cat eventually gave up defending the dead gopher and left it to the chicken. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall in Oregon

Just a couple of fall scenes from downtown Roseburg, Oregon.
Shot with my tilt-shift lens.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My favorite cat

My favorite cat "Scooter" plays in colorful fall leaves outside our home in Southwestern Oregon.   
Scooter gives a furry high five to the changing season.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Oregon grape harvest

Raindrops dapple grapes ripening in a small private vineyard near Roseburg in southwestern Oregon, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.  A long dry summer in the region has some local wine makers excited about the possibility of a outstanding vintage of wine this year.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Feast of color

A carnivorous yellow jacket wasp cuts a chunk of flesh from the discarded remains of a black tailed deer after it was shot by a hunter in a rural area near Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.  A swarm of yellow jackets were busy using their sharp mouth pieces to chew off small chunks to fly back to their hive and feed to hungry larvae.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012