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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Strike a pose

A  kingsnake strikes a defensive posture as it crosses a country road in southwestern Oregon near Roseburg, on Friday, June 28, 2013. Kingsnakes use constriction to to kill their prey. They're opportunistic hunters feeding on everything from rodents and birds to other snakes.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Leaf fed beef

A steer stretches up to feed on maples leaves at the edge of a pasture on a ranch near Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, June 24, 2013.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Being green

A small wild Pacific tree frog climbs on the leaves of a strawberry plant in a backyard garden at a home near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Pacific tree frogs are also known as Pacific chorus frogs and can be found along much of the Pacific coast of North America from California to British Columbia. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Roadside attraction

A sculpture of a hotdog attracts attention as customers look over the menu at the Elkton Station hotdog stand along Oregon Highway 38 in Elkton, on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Queen of the lace

A large predatory spider waits for an ambush at the base of a Queen Anna's lace flower growing along a country road near Elkton, Ore., on Sunday, June 16, 2013. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Doggie in the window

A large bulldog sticks its head out of a car window while waiting for its owner in the parking lot of a Bi-Mart department store in Winston, Ore., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Snake eyes

A wild bullsnake curls into a defensive position after being discovered under a piece of discarded roofing material on private property near Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Bullsnakes are one of the largest snakes native to North America. The cloudy eyes indicate the snake is getting ready to molt. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Doe a deer

A blacktailed deer doe feeds in a field of tall grass in a field along the Umpqua River in southwester Oregon near Roseburg on Friday, June 8, 2013. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home

A ladybug beetle spreads its wings as it takes to the the air from tall grass growing in a pasture on our ranch in southwestern Oregon on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The Coccinellidae are a family of beetles know by many names world wide including ladybird, lady beetles, God's cow, ladyclock, lady cow, and lady fly. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Snuggle time

A pair of wild barn owls sit together on a rafter in a barn in rural southwestern Oregon near Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday June 2, 2013. The pair have three fledgling owlets in a nearby nest box and appeared to be taking a break from their young. The owl on the right in probably the female.