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Monday, April 29, 2013

Being green on NBC

A small Pacific tree frog floats on a matt of algae in a cattle watering trough on a ranch near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, April 28, 2013. 
NBC News picked up my frog photo in this week's Animal Tracks gallery. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Small grains of grass pollen shake free from mature grass growing in a pasture near Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Grass pollen is one of the main causes of season allergies and "hay fever".

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Award of excellence

My cinnabar moth caterpillar photo won an Award of Excellence in the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism 2013 contest. I don't get any fortune for the award, but I do get just a little fame.

Waddling away on

It's my adorable gosling photo in this week's Animal Tracks gallery on

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Gosling season

Run for it!
As an unseen dog approaches, a group of Canada goose goslings run after their parent  on a cool morning near a pond in Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, April 22, 2013.

About 20 goslings cluster for warmth under the wings of an adult Canada goose. 
A gosling feeds of grass and wildflowers near the pond in Roseburg.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Hungry banana slug

A large banana slug feeds on a crabapple petal in the front yard of a home near Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, April 19, 2013.  Found in northern California and the Pacific Northwest, banana slugs can grow up to nearly 10 inches long. They are the second largest air breathing terrestrial slugs in the world. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Snoozing skink

A basking western skink naps while poking out of a hiding spot under the bark of a rotting tree on a hillside near Elkton, Ore., on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The western skink has the ability to deliberately cast off its tail when attack by a predator. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Where baby pears come from

A cluster of pear blossoms soak up the late afternoon sun on our ranch near Roseburg in southwestern Oregon on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Oh deer!

It's my photo in the Signs of Spring gallery on

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Handsome boy

Our dog "William" on a lovely spring evening in the orchard on our ranch in western Oregon. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

He's got high apple pie in the sky hopes

A small ant forages on the delicate blossom of a flowing tree in a wooded area on a hillside near Elkton, Ore., on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Just passing through

So I said, "You've got slick moves for a gastropod," and the rest is history. Check out this week's Animal Tracks gallery on

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Slime time

An 8-inch-long banana slug slowly crosses a lightly used country road on a rainy morning near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Not to out-slimed, an earthworm slides across the road a few hundred yards down from the slug.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Don't forget to slime the flowers

A small slug appears to feed on a wildflower growing along the side of a country road near Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, April 5, 2013. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ambush predator

Danger lurks in the orchard.
A white crab spider clasps a honey bee while dangling from a budding prune plum tree in an orchard on our ranch near Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Crab spiders are ambush predators and do not spin webs.