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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Morning dew

Morning dew in western Oregon. 

Getting out of the house on a damp morning sometimes pays off.

One of the very first spring blossoms in the prune plum orchard near our house.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Roosevelt elk in western Oregon

A herd of wild Roosevelt elk stand on a ridge on our ranch near Elkton, Ore., on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Roosevelt elk are the largest of the four subspecies of elk in North America. Mature bulls can weigh 1300-pounds. 
One of the cows slicks out her tongue as they move off.

The elk jump a fence on the ridge and move off out of sight.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring showers

A wild black-tailed doe and a yearling fawn stand in a field during a spring rain shower on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fish dinner

A wild adult osprey perches on a tree branch while feeding on a freshly caught fish along the South Umpqua River in Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Take out dinner- The fish hawk takes to the air with its half-eaten dinner.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Night for a moondance

Moon Halo- We had a bonfire in the orchard last night and the moon put on a light show of its own. The optical phenomenon of a moon  halo is caused when light is refracted by ice crystals high in the atmosphere.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Morel mushrooms

An ant climbs on a morel mushroom growing on an open hillside near Elkton, Ore., on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Morel mushrooms are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly for French cuisine. Morels are known by many local names including dryland fish, hickory chickens, merkels, and molly moochers. 

I plan on eating some of the morels sautéed for dinner. This individual is a little over mature and won't be eaten. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What nice teeth you have

A large nutria feeds on aquatic vegetation while floating in a pond in Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. I went to the post looking for an otter, which I spotted yesterday, but found the nutria instead.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Beauty and the beast

A small spider waits to ambush an unsuspecting insect on the petal of a yellow daffodil in a pasture on a farm near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pins and a needle

I've been shooting pins and a needle this morning in my Roseburg, Ore., photo studio for a potential commercial client. Unfortunately, the project was killed and the photos will never be used. I'll keep them in my archive and maybe someday I'll make a sale.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Who you looking at?

A wild western screech owl perches in the opening of a wood duck nest box high in a tree along a country road near Elkton, Ore., on Wednesday, March  13, 2013.  Western screech owls are found from central America north into the United States and Canada.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Starry night

It's a starry night in rural Douglas County, Oregon on Sunday, March 10, 2013. That's our house at left. I used a flashing to illuminate the pear tree during a 30-second exposure.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Photos of the Day

My shaved cat photo made it into the Pictures of the Day gallery on

The buzz, buzz, buzzing

On a warm spring-like day, a honey bee forages for pollen on a small wildflower in a pasture near my home in western Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

I keep two hives nearby so these are likely bees from my hives. Honey bees live about 6 weeks. With winter coming to an end these bees are probably just learning how to gather pollen for the first time.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit

A wild Pacific tree frog inflates his vocal sack as he croaks his mating call while floating in a seasonal pond on a private farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Pacific tree frogs are also know as Pacific chorus frogs. Their "ribbit, ribbit, ribbit" song is a familiar evening sound along Pacific coast from northern California to British Columbia.