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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bird on a wire

A small sparrow puffs up its feathers as it perches on an electric fence around an orchard during a rain shower in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Birds puff up their feathers in order to trap more air in them, which is then warmed by their body heat and keeps the bird warm on a cold winter day.
Another sparrow hangs on as the wind blows and the rain falls sideways. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Wet weather in the West

A small seasonal creek rushes down a mossy hillside in rain soaked western Oregon near Elkton on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. According to the National Weather Service a series of weather systems will travel from Alaska to the west coast of the U.S. this week bringing rain, gusty winds, and mountain snow. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Pileated woodpecker in Oregon

A pileated woodpecker forages for insects under the bark of a moss covered dead oak tree on a forested hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. It is the second-largest woodpecker in the United States, after the critically endangered and possibly extinct, ivory-billed woodpecker. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mushrooms in the wild

Three small wild mushrooms displayed on a fall leaf in damp western Oregon on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

A pair of delicate mushrooms grow on a moss covered log.

Water drops form on a leaf

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fancy flight

A flock of starlings take flight from a pasture on a farm near Roseburg in western Oregon on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Depth of field

Selective focus with a shallow depth of field in a pasture near Elkton, Oregon. F/5, 1/2000th, ISO 400

Same scene with a deep depth of field. F/36, 1/50, ISO 400

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fall in Oregon

A maple leaf rests on a moss covered log on a damp hillside in the rain soaked coastal mountains near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Colors of the season

With colorful fall leaves in the background, a black tailed doe stands in a field along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


With a spot of fall color in the background, a pair of bald eagles take flight from an old-growth Douglas fir tree growing along the bank of the Umpqua River near Elkton is western Oregon on Tuesday, Nov., 7, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Creatures of the night

My trail camera captured images of a mountain lion and a bobcat last night. The camera is setup on our family ranch in rural western Oregon near Elkton.