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Monday, November 30, 2015

Damp and foggy Oregon

A oak tree stands on a foggy ridge as the sun sets on a damp cool day in near Elkton in Southwestern Oregon on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.
A small cluster of buttery looking mushrooms grow on a wooded trail.
Ever get the feeling of being watched while hiking in the woods alone? 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Little dragon

A northern alligator lizard basks in the sun on a fence post on a hillside near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon, on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The view from here

The sun burns through fog and low clouds as seen from near our home in Kellogg, Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The trees in the foreground are Italian prune trees. On the hill across the valley are old growth Douglas fir trees.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Roosevelt Elk in Oregon

A herd of Roosevelt elk gather on an open hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Roosevelt elk are the largest of the four subspecies of elk in North America. The bulls generally weigh between 700 and 1100 pounds.
The herd is typically led by an older experienced cow elk matriarch.
A bunch of elk butts

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Frosty Thanksgiving

Frosty Thanksgiving Day on the ranch in southwestern Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

A frosted maple leaf.

Walking with Lily our Border Collie in a frosty pasture.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fall hike

My border collie, Lily, likes to climb trees when we hike in the forest near our home in southwestern Oregon. 
A bathtub makes an interesting watering trough as seen on our hike on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2105.
A small jumping spider climbs on a fern growing on a damp forested hillside. I used my hand-held flash on a cord to give this photo the dramatic light. 

Just hanging around

A large spider hangs in her glistening dewy web on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Sunday Nov. 22, 2015.

The Telegraph in London picked up one of my spider photos via

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Learning to play

Our border collie Lily shows our new rescue dog Cocoa how to play "chase the stick".

Rain soaked rough skinned newt

On a rainy Oregon morning, a rough skinned newt looks up while crossing a road in a forested area near Elkton on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Rough skinned newts produce powerful toxins in their skin. The bright underbelly of the small amphibian is believed to be a warning to possible predators. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Ba ba fall sheep

A flock of sheep feed in a pasture with a colorful fall backdrop along a country road in southwestern Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. 

S car go: It's snail season in Oregon

A Pacific sideband snail slowly crosses a rain-slickened country road near Elkton in southwestern Oregon, on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cinematic sunset

An old cow skull hangs on a fence as the sun sets early on the first day of November after the end of Daylight Saving Time as seen from rural Douglas County Oregon.