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Tundra Swan “Cygnus columbianus”

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
























Tundra Swan “Cygnus columbianus” (Whistling Swan).  Length 52″, Wing span 66″ and weight 14.4 lbs.  Male swans are called cobs, the females are pens and of course the young are called cygnets.  They arrive around Halloween and head back North in April.  Top and bottom photo:  Riley, OR 3/13/2012,  Second Photo:  Near Deer Island, OR  3/07/2009, Third Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 01/04/2012

Munson Creek Falls

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Munson Creek Falls  This is the highest waterfall in the Coast Range and it is 266 feet high.  It is located about 7 miles South of Tillamook. Turn East at the sign and proceed 1.6 miles to the parking lot.  There is an easy 0.5 mile trail to the falls.  Photo: 1/24/2005

Deschutes River Canyon

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Freight train in the Deschutes River Can crossing over the bridge as it exits a tunnel. The river has cut through many layers of lava and the rock formations are very impressive. It’s all up hill to Madras. Photo 1/20/2015


Immature Bald Eagle

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Immature Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus” Length, 30″, wingspan 80″ and weight 9 pounds dining on a deer carcass.  The white feathers are characteristic of the adults and appear when they are four years old. Photo: Near White River Falls near the Deschutes River in central OR 01/20/2015_MG_8515

Coast Silk Tassel “Garrya-elliptica”

Sunday, January 25th, 2015


Coast Silk Tassel “Garrya-elliptica” Silk-Tassel Family (Garryaceae)  Perennial, shrub up to 20′ tall, evergreen leaves are leathery and dark green, male plants have 6″ catkins, female plants have 4″ catkins and produce dark purple berry-like fruits.  Blooms early spring in the hills of S.W. Oregon. Photo:  Elk Rock, the Garden of the Bishop’s Close, 11800 SW Military Lane, Portland, OR  1/10/2010

Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”

Sunday, December 21st, 2014


Licorice Fern “Polypodium glycyrrhiza”,  Polypody Family (Polypodiaceae)  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, leaves pinnate (feather like) and the leaflets are arranged alternately, creeping rhizome with a licorice taste.  Common on rocks, logs and trees in Western Or. & Wa. and they are at their best during the rainy season.  Photo:  Elk Rock Garden between Portland and Lake Oswego, OR 1/10/2010

Sun Beams

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

This picture was taken in my back yard near Rainier, OR.   Photo:  1/31/2005IMG_4438 - Version 2

Three Arch Rocks

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge near Oceanside, Or.  There are nesting colonies of Common Murres, Tufted Puffins, Leach’s Storm-petrels, Brandt’s Cormorants and Pigeon Guillemots roost on these rocks.  Visitors and boats are not allowed to approach closer than a 1000 feet from the refuge.  Photo taken 1-18-2004.

Mt Hood South Face

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Mt Hood South Face, Elevation 11,235 feet.  Located approximately 50 miles east of Portland, OR.  Photo:  Springwater Road near Estacada, OR 1/22/2009 

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012



















Top Photo is a Great Blue Heron that walked along side my car for about 80 feet and I took a picture up close and personal.  03/04/2011

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”  Length 46″. wingspan 72″ and weight 5.3 lbs,  This long legged bird is commonly seen wading in shallow ponds throughout the United States.  Bottom Photo: Ridgefield Wildlife Sanctuary near Vancouver, WA 01/18/2012