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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Slow going

A Pacific sideband snail makes its way slowly over a moss covered log on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017. Pacific sideband snails are one of the largest land snails found in North America. Snails are hermaphrodites. They are both male and female, that is, they have both male and female sex organs. 
Break time.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A lovely landscape

A small creek flows out of the Umpqua National Forest into the scenic North Umpqua River near Idleyld Park on Saturday, Jan 28, 2017. The Umpqua River is one of the main drainage systems of the Oregon coast and flows from the Cascade Mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Big waves in Oregon

A pair of men snap pictures as huge waves crash on the rocky shore at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston on the southern Oregon Coast on Thursday, Jan 26, 2017. A high surf  advisory was in effect for most of the day in the area. 

A woman runs for cover as a huge wave crash on rocks at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston on the southern Oregon Coast. 

The light was just right as this series of waves crashed ashore.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fancy flight

A North American robin takes flight from a deer antler hung from a fence along a pasture on a ranch near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Sunday, Jan 22, 2017.

Crossing over

A squirrel uses a farmer's fence to bridge a flooded portion of a pasture on a ranch near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017.  Recent heavy rain has caused minor flooding in the area.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It's a small world

A small insects perches on the edge of a colorful cup fungus growing on a rotting log on a damp hillside near Elkton, Ore., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2016. 
A rounded mushroom sprouts from a blanket on moss on a damp rock on a hillside near Elkton, Ore.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Obama in Roseburg, Oregon, a love/hate relationship

5/17/08: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama , D-Ill., arrives for a campaign appearance at Roseburg High School in Ore., on Saturday, May 17, 2008.
Candidate Obama under the lights at Roseburg High School
Several hundred people packed the high school cafeteria to watch the young candidate speak.
10/31/08: Dressed up as presidential candidates Barack Obama, Talia Trapalis, 14, and John McCain, Ashley King, 13, wave to the crowd as they march in the annual Neewollah Parade on Jackson Street in downtown Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. 
9/29/09: A cutout of president Barack Obama looks through a feces splattered window at the Douglas County (Ore.) Democratic Party office in downtown Roseburg, Oregon on Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009.  Unknown vandals attacked the front of the building with feces sometime overnight.
Erik Haeber of Crystal Clear Professional Window Cleaning cleans splattered feces from off the windows at the Douglas County (Oregon) Democratic Party office in downtown Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday , Sept. 29, 2009. 
10/9/15: Gun rights activists and anti President Obama protesters gather near the Roseburg Regional Airport on Oct. 9, 2015. The president arrived in Roseburg to visit with family and victims of the Oct. 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College.
Many displayed their guns as President Obama visited Roseburg after the U.C.C. shooting. 
A grim President Obama waves as he leaves Roseburg High School after visiting with families and survivors of the shooting at nearby Umpqua Community College.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Salamander closeup

A large Northwestern Salamander crawls over a mossy log in a wooded area in the damp Coastal Mountains near Elkton in rural Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2016. Northwester Salamanders thrive in the moist coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest, northern California and western Canada.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lovable Labrador

Because we all need more photos of a wet Labrador shaking off water...

A Labrador retriever named Cocoa shakes off water while playing in a flooded orchard in southwestern Oregon near Elkton on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2016. Recent heavy rain and snow has blanketed the Pacific Northwest and northern California.

A few of my favorite photos of President Obama

Here are a few of my photos of President Obama from over the years. Only a few days before he leaves office.
A grim faced President Obama leaves Roseburg High School in Oregon after visiting with family members and survivors of the Umpqua Community College shooting. 
Obama greets well wishers during a campaign stop in Eugene, Oregon.

A pair of girls wave to the crowd as they take park in a Halloween parade in Roseburg.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rain birds

A pair of robins perch on a fence along a roadway in rainy southwestern Oregon near Elkton on Sunday, Jan 8, 2016. Several winter storms bringing rain, snow, and ice have recently hit the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

A robin feeds on holly berries in a large bush on a rainy day in southwestern Oregon near Elkton on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2016.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Icicles form near a small waterfall along a seasonal creek in the coastal mountains of southwestern Oregon near Elkton on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2016. A winter storm has brought snow and cold temperatures to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

Politics and winter got you down?

Politics and winter got you down?
 Let my picture of a urinating clown brighten your day. It's Shriners clown Lucky Seibert of Columbus, Mont., taking a break from the Clown Appearance competition during the Northwest Shrine Association conference at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls, Mont.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Snow day

A robin eats fruit from a snowy tree along Oregon Highway 138 West near Surherlin on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. A winter storm has dumped several inches of snow in southwestern Oregon.

A winter scene outside a home in rural home in Oregon this morning.

A pickup drives on a snowy Oregon Highway 138 West near Surherlin as snow showers continues.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter drive

Headlights stream past on a slushy Highway 138 on Marvin Hill near Sutherlin, Ore., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2016.

A real life David and Goliath story

Giant Rex Tillerson appears to menace young climate activists from It's a real-life David and Goliath story. Great use of my now iconic image of the young activists. Read more about their amazing feats of heroism here.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Frosty New Year in Oregon

Early New Year's Day 2017, the fruiting bodies of moss poke up through a layer of fresh snow on a fence post on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon. 

A brave little mushroom pokes up through the snow.