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Friday, May 7, 2021

Fast food

A bullfrog uses its long sticky tongue to capture a grasshopper in a cattle watering trough on a farm near Elkton in rural wester Oregon on Friday, May 7, 2021. When a bullfrog attacks prey it completes the strike and retrieval in approximately 0.07 seconds. Photo was taken with a fast shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second. 

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

COVID 19 pop-up clinic video

 Last week I shot and produced a video at the Coles Valley Vineyard COVID19 vaccine clinic. The vineyard partnered with the Douglas County Public Health Network to hold a pop-up clinic for local agricultural workers. I really enjoy adding video production into my work.



Friday, April 30, 2021

Don't go in the water

A bullfrog bites off more than he can chew in a cattle watering trough in southwestern Oregon...



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The power of one


 

A small ant climbs a pebble while crossing a dirt road along with hundreds of other ants from its colony on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Road warrior

A large Pacific banana slug rears up while crossing a rain soaked road near Elkton in  rural western Oregon.

 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Striper fishing in Oregon

Fishermen cast for striped bass at the mouth of the Smith River near Reedsport in far western Oregon on Friday, April 23, 2021. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, striped bass, which are native to the Atlantic Ocean, were transplanted to the west coast as far back as the 1870’s.

 

This old fishing boat

A derelict fishing boat sits abandoned in a slough along the Umpqua River near Reedsport in southwester Oregon on Friday, April 23, 2021. Reedsport is fishing and logging community situated at the mouth of the Umpqua River. 

 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Feeling sleepy on TikTok

 I've started a new account on TikTok. If you're still awake after watching this video please take a look at my feed and follow.



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Friday, April 16, 2021

Crabapple blossoms in Oregon

A yellow crowned sparrow feeds on the petals of a blooming crabapple tree along a country road near Elkton in rural wester Oregon on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Meanwhile, a Steller's jay does his best to blend into a cloudless blue sky above the gorgeous tree.

 

New baby smell

As the late afternoon sun shines, a cow appears to smell her days-old calf in a pasture on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, April 15, 2021. According to Beef Magazine, a cow can recognize her calf by smell and she can always pick her calf out of a group.

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Hunting northern harrier hawk in Oregon



An adult male northern harrier hawk walks in a field after feasting on a vole in a pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Unlike most other hawks the northern harrier may rely on its keen hearing to help it locate prey as it courses low over the fields. According the the National Audubon Society the hawk has disappeared from many former nesting areas, especially in southern parts of range, and surveys suggest that it is still declining in other parts of North America.







Little rascals

A group of lambs run across a country road after escaping from a fenced pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The farmer was nearby and made sure the juvenile delinquents were safe.
 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Hide and seek

A black tailed deer forages in a blossoming plum orchard on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Blossom thief

A golden-crowned sparrow feeds on blossoms in a plum orchard on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on  Saturday, April 10, 2021. According to AllAboutBirds.com, the sparrow is one of the least known of our songbirds, particularly on its northern breeding grounds. It has been the subject of only a few laboratory and field studies.

 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Pollen season begins

My work is represented by ZUMApress.com. Today they highlighted one of my pollen photos in The Pictures of the Day gallery.

Pollen grains waft from grass in a field along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, April 9, 2021. As spring progresses, grass and tree pollen counts have begun to rise in many part of the United States. 




 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Published work in UV Magazine

Wild art- check out my photos in the just published UV Life magazine. Over the last year the COVID19 lockdown scrubbed most of my assignments. The spare time allowed me to concentrate on my nature and wildlife photography.







 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spring spider

A small crab spider clings to a plum blossom in an orchard on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Unlike web spinning spiders, crab spiders depend on stealth and camouflage to ambush their prey.

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Baby's day out

A baby California vole waits on a bed of moss and grass for its mother to return after being separated in a pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The mother will likely return. California voles are able to breed almost year-round. They are born blind and hairless and are weaned at around two weeks of age. The young have a full set of adult teeth by three weeks. Females reach sexual maturity after as little as three weeks.

 

Monday, April 5, 2021

New life from the ashes

A trillium blooms on Sunday, April 4, 2021 on a hillside on Bureau of Land Management property near Glide inside the area burned by the massive 132,000-acre Archie Creek fire in the summer of 2020. 
Morel mushrooms grow nearby. The fire was one of many fires which contributed to the 2020 Oregon wildfire season being called the most destructive on record. 

New life returns as a brave alligator lizard defends territory inside the burned area. The 2020 fires in Oregon killed at least 11 people, burned more than 1,000,000 acres of land, and destroyed thousands of homes. 





 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Pictures of the Month from ZUMApress.com

 Another amazing month of pictures from ZUMApress.com. Look for a few of my creature features in the mix...

POMmarch2021.m4v from ZUMA Press on Vimeo.

Fly away home

A ladybug climbs to the tip of a blade of grass before taking flight a pasture along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The flight wings of a ladybug are  four times its size of its body.


 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Finely tuned instument

A rufous hummingbird grooms her dainty beak while perched in a blackberry thicket near Elkton in western Oregon on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The 3.4-gram Rufous hummingbird has an epic migration. Some of the little birds travel 3,900 miles (one way) from Mexico to Alaska and back each year. 

 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Lazy day

A California ground squirrel yawns while relaxing on a brush pile on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, March 28, 2021. California ground squirrels are frequently preyed on by rattlesnakes. They are also preyed on by eagles, raccoons, foxes, badgers, and weasels.

 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Up, up, up, and away

A spider attempts to use its thread to catch the wind to become airborne from a fence post along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Ballooning, sometimes called kiting, is a process by which spiders, and some other small invertebrates, move through the air by releasing one or more gossamer threads to catch the wind, causing them to become airborne at the mercy of air currents. 




 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Flight of the woodpecker

An acorn woodpecker takes flight from a fencepost along a farmer’s field near Elkton in  rural western Oregon on Friday, March 26, 2021. Acorn Woodpeckers have a very complicated social system. Several different individuals of each sex may breed within one family, with up to seven breeding males and three breeding females in one group.

 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

What sharp talons you have

A female American kestrel shows off her needle sharp talons while perched on a utility wire along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, March 24, 2021. There is a channel down the back of each talon to help their prey bleed out. The American kestrel is a mourning dove sized falcon found coast to coast in North America.

 

Year in Pictures from ZUMApress

 The Year in Pictures from ZUMA Press. Our great great grandchildren will learn about 2020 in their history mind-vids. I'm honored to have a few of my photos paired with this amazing set of historic images. Toggle full screen, turn up the volume and get ready for a ride...

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

In the bag

A Persian cat looks out of his owner’s clear plastic backpack while waiting in line at a grocery store in Roseburg on Monday, March 22, 2021. The clerk at the store was pleased to see the animal and said it was the cutest cat she had ever seen. 

Ladybug in repose

A ladybug sits still on a blade of grass in a thicket along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. According to the website Ladybugplanet.com, during their resting period, during which they remain still and unresponsive for hours, the ladybug will tuck its legs under its shell and pull its head in for protection.

 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

It's easy being green

A Pacific tree frog, also known as a Pacific chorus frog, floats in an isolated pond on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. At about 2 inches in length, much of their diets consists of spiders, beetles, flies, ants, and other insects and arthropods; they can and do eat insects that are almost as large as they are.

 

Busy honey bees

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Curious ground squirrel

A curious California ground squirrel gets up close on a dirt trail near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Locally known as digger squirrels, California ground squirrels are often regarded as a pest in gardens and parks, since they will eat ornamental plants and trees. They commonly feed on seeds, such as oats, but also eat insects such as crickets and grasshoppers as well as various fruits.

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Rainy first day of spring in western Oregon


On the first day of spring, a wild striped skunk forages on a rainy hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Skunks have very poor eyesight, but they have excellent senses of smell and hearing. A skunk's sulfuric spray has a range of about 15 feet, and its odor can be detected up to 1.5 miles. 

Nearby, a wild black-tailed deer reaches to feed on Spanish moss hanging from an oak tree on a hillside.

Turkey time in western Oregon

A group of male wild turkeys, including a pair of white birds, display and showoff for a group of nearby females in a plum orchard on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, March 19, 2021. Spring is the mating season for the animals. 

According to AllAboutBirds.com, in the United states wild turkey numbers dwindled through the early twentieth century. In the 1940s, people began catching wild birds and transporting them to other areas. Such transplantations allowed Wild Turkeys to spread to all of the lower 48 states (plus Hawaii) and parts of southern Canada. Roughly one in 100 wild turkeys is white or mostly white-colored.

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Green day

A clover is refracted in a dew drop.

On a cool damp Saint Patrick’s Day morning, the sun highlights dew drops clinging to grass in a pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on March, 17, 2021.





 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Spring flowers

As the sun begins to set, raindrops speckle the petals of a daffodil flower near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Monday, March 15, 2021. The National Weather Service is predicting spring-like weather to continue in western Oregon with cool evening and a mix of rain and sunshine over the next few days.

 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sleepy baby

A lamb yawns after waking from a nap next to its mother in a southwestern Oregon pasture on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Newborn lambs sleep 12-16 hours a day.

 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Catching some rays

A yearling black-tailed deer fawn rests in the sunshine on a warm spring-like day on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The National Weather Service is predicting snow for the middle and higher elevation in the area Sunday night and into Monday. 
 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Say AHHH!!!

An adult bald eagle vocalizes from its perch on a dead tree overlooking the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, March 12, 2021. According to AllAboutBirds.com bald eagles can live a long time. The oldest recorded bird in the wild was at least 38 years old when it was hit and killed by a car in New York in 2015.