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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Spiders hang around on a misty morning in Oregon

On a misty fall morning, a spider hands in a dew drop covered web on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elk rutting season in Oregon

A flock of starlings perch on a large wild bull Roosevelt elk as he stands with a group of females in a wetland near Reedsport in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. It's the elk mating season in Oregon.

A  bull Roosevelt elk shows his interest in mating while displaying for a group of females at the Dean Creek Wildlife Viewing near Reedsport in western Oregon on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. 
A large bull Roosevelt elk tears up grass with his antlers while displaying for a group of females.

Things get a little funky as the bull tests for receptivity. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Osprey perch

A young osprey perches in a dead tree along the bank of the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Snake crossing

A small snake crosses a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Another smoke filled day

The sun is turned red by a thick layer of wildfire smoke as it rises as seen from near Elkton in western Oregon on Wednesday Sept. 6, 2017.. Numerous large wildfires are burning in the Pacific Northwest and causing severe air quality issues.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cover photo: The Reader Magazine

Super cool, it's my #youthvgov photo on the cover of The Reader Magazine. Read more about the historic federal climate change lawsuit here

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wildfire Smoke in Elkton, Ore., Sept. 3, 2017

Meditating mantis

A mantis perches on the leaf of a hazelnut tree in an orchard near Roseburg in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Mantises were considered to have supernatural powers by early civilizations, including Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Assyria. Mantises are among the insects most commonly kept as pets. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Boom!!! goes the cannon

Children and adults cover their ears as a cannon is fired outside a replica of the Fort Umpqua trading post in Elkton during the Fort Umpqua Days festival in Elkton, Ore., on Saturday, Sept 2, 2107. The original Fort Umpqua was a trading post built by the Hudson's Bay Company in the company's Columbia District, in what is now the U.S. state of Oregon in 1832 near this site in Elkton. 

Egret in Oregon

An egret hunts in the shallows of the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fish hawks

A pair of osprey perch on a dead tree overlooking the Umpqua River near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Osprey, also called fish eaglessea hawksriver hawks, and fish hawks,  are considered to have a cosmopolitan distribution. Their range extends across all or most of the world in appropriate habitats.