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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Predator and prey

A large crab spider clasps a small bee in its jaws while hunting on a daisy growing in a pasture near Elkton in rural Southwestern Oregon on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Air time

A black-tailed deer fawn leaps through tall grass growing in a field along a country road near Elkton in Southwestern Oregon on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Monday, June 26, 2017

I see you

A wild bobcat walks through brush on a hillside near Elkton, in rural southwester, Oregon on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Swarming honey bees

A large swarm of thousands of wild honey bees gather on the limb of an oak tree on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice night for a swim

Cocoa the chocolate Labrador and Lily the border collie cross enjoyed a swim in the cool Umpqu River near Elkton, Ore., on a hot Saturday, June 24, 2017. 

Leaf me alone

A black-tailed deer feeds on the lower leaves of a pear tree growing in an orchard on a farm near Kellogg in rural southwestern Oregon early on June 24, 2017.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fawn at dawn

A black-tailed deer fawn on its mother walk on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on early Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trial of the Millennium

Supporters gather outside of the federal courthouse in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 before a case management hearing in the landmark Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit. The non-profit Our Children's Trust is representing 21 youth between the ages of 9 and 21 who are suing the United States government on constitutional grounds over their right to a stable climate system. During the hearing the federal judge said the case is moving towards trail early in 2018.

Our Children's Trust lead attorney JULIA OLSON hugs plaintiff TIA HATTON before the hearing.
Youth Plaintiff AVERY MCRAE autographs a sign with her picture on it before the hearing.
Supporter NANCY WALLACE holds signs with images of youth plaintiffs before a case management hearing in the landmark Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit outside the federal courthouse in Eugene. 
Youth plaintiff KELSEY JULIANA poses for a selfie with a supporter.
Youth plaintiffs, from left, JACOB LEBEL, KIRAN OOMMEN, and TIA HATTON.
Youth plaintiff TIA HATTON on the steps of the federal courthouse.
A supporter arrives with her world globe at the courthouse.
Plaintiff ALEX LOZNAK speaks to supporters before the start of the hearing.
Youth plaintiff AVERY MCRAE speaks before the hearing.
Plaintiff KELSEY JULIANA reacts on the steps of the courthouse after the hearing.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Baby's day out

A week-old baby chick explores the farm yard on a ranch near Elkton in rural southwestern Oregon on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
Baby is warm and secure under the mama chicken
A cat keeps an eye on the baby chick. The kitty seemed content to just watch did not seem interested in a chicken dinner.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Small grains of pollen waft from a mature grass seed-head growing in a pasture on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Early summer is high time for pollen dispersion and also high time for pollen allergies. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

22 Elk

Look carefully and you can count 22 elk on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Editor's note: A close reader of the blog says she counted several times and came up with 23 elk. I still only see 22, but I could be wrong.

June flowers

Wildflowers bloom along the side of a country road near Elkton, Ore., on Friday, June 2, 2017.