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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from damp southwestern Oregon

A deer skull decorates a fence line on foggy damp Christmas morning along a country road in rural southwestern Oregon near Elkton.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Full tilt

A chocolate Labrador retriever plays in a flooded orchard near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Recent heavy rain has caused local flooding of some creeks and rivers. More heavy rain is predicted to hit the area on Monday. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Blinky the western screech owl

An injured western screech owl sits in an isolation chamber at a veterinary clinic in Canyonville, Ore., on Thurs., Dec. 17, 2015 after is was dropped off by a motorist who found it on the road. The small owl will be looked after by a wildlife rehabilitation specialist and will be released back into the wild if possible. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Cute newt

On a rainy afternoon, a rough skinned newt looks up while crossing a road in a forested area near Elkton, Oregon on Monday, Dec. 14, 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. 

Rainy Oregon

The rivers and creeks are brimming with water as the winter rains arrive in Southwestern Oregon. We've had several inches in the last few days.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Moist mushroom in Oregon

A small insect clings to the underside of a mushroom growing on a moist hillside near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.