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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Snow dog

We were hit by a massive snow storm on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Power, phone, internet still out. Hundreds of trees down. The county has declared a state of emergency. It really sucks... unless you happen to be our amazing goofy chocolate Labrador named Cocoa!!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The great snowstorm of 2019

I've been offline for a while due to a massive snow storm which crippled Douglas County, Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Power, phone internet out. It will be weeks, if not months, before things are back to normal. Thank goodness for our amazing neighbors. Read all about life on the ranch...

Cots have been setup at the American Red Cross emergency shelter in the gym of the Elkton High School in rural western Oregon on Sunday, March 4, 2019. Residents of the area are continuing to be effected by a massive snowstorm which hit the area a week ago and left thousands without electricity. The local power company if predicting 2-3 more weeks before they can restore electricity to some rural areas in and around Elkton.
The shelter is offering hot showers, food, water, snacks, cots, and a place to charge cell phones for the people in the area. Here Lilly and her mom Terry check in to use the shower facility. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Rainy day animals in Oregon

A red shouldered hawk perches on a mossy tree during a rain shower along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in the area with rivers and streams expected to rise near flood levels with heavy rain predicted over the next few days.
A black tailed deer shakes off rain water. 
A rough skinned newt crosses a rain soaked roadway,
A bald eagle perches on a tree during a rain shower along the Umpqua River.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


A chocolate Labrador, left, and a border collie compete for a stick as they play fetch in a flooded field near Roseburg in western Oregon on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in the area for snow in the higher elevations and more rain in the valleys

Shake it off!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Baa baa black sheep

 A lamb bleats for its mother during a rain shower in a pasture near Oakland in rural wester Oregon on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm advisory for the area with a mix of rain and snow predicted.

Pretty birds

A western bluebird perches on a sapling in a field near the Umpqua River in western Oregon near Elkton on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, western bluebirds are found in open woodland, both coniferous and deciduous. They also live in backyards, burned areas, and farmland, from sea level far up into the mountains. 
Taking flight 
An American kestrel perches on a nearby sapling. The small falcon appeared to be hunting the flock of nearby western bluebirds.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Bath time

A black tailed deer doe licks her yearling fawn in a pasture on a rainy afternoon in rural western Oregon near Elkton on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturated kestrel

A common kestrel perches on a utility line during a rainy day in western Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Kestrels are an adaptable species with wide distribution in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. They are part of the falcon family.

Pestering hawk

A northern harrier hawk pesters a larger hawk perched on a fence post along a pasture near Elkton in rural waster Oregon on Saturday, Feb, 9, 2019.

Alas, if only I had taken the picture a fraction of a second later. My decent photo would have been an amazing photo. Next time!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hazelnut tree planting season

910 dormant hazelnut trees painted and ready for planting near Elkton in western Oregon on Feb. 6, 2019. The paint prevents sunburn during the summer. We grow USDA organic hazelnuts on our family ranch.
Lily photobombs the scene.

Mama's milk

A newborn lamb nurses from its mother in a pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Climate Kids take New York

The 21 youth plaintiffs in the Juliana v U.S. constitutional climate change lawsuit gathered in New York last week for numerous high level media presentations and community events.
Kelsey and Levi and a selfie during down time.
Walking tour of Washington Square Park.
Miko and Jayden listen during a community event at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Levi and Aji listen during a meeting.
Miko gets a high five from the director during a filming session in a Manhattan studio.
Kelsey and Hazel 
20 of the 21 plaintiffs gather on stage during the community event at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Avery enjoys the view from the studios of manhattan media company.
Jayden, who lives in Louisiana, had not seen snow for 10 years. 
Keeping warm was important as temperatures dropped to zero during the week. Nick, Xiuhtezcalt, and Aji pass the time while waiting in the lobby of a Manhattan office building.