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Great Horned Owl

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

_MG_8379Great Horned Owl”Bubo virginianus” Length 22”, wingspan 44” and weight 3.1 pounds.  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Wa  9/30/2014

White-Faced Ibis “Plegadis chihi”

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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White-Faced Ibis “Plegadis chihi”  length 23, wing span and weight 20 oz.  Chestnut colored feathers with iridescent qualities and a white patch around the eye.  These birds are generally seen in small flocks and they “talk” to each other as they forage.  Top Photo:  Fall plumage.  Ridgefield, WA 9/29/2014 and breeding plumage near Burns in S.E Oregon 5/27/2014 and 6/18/2009

Chinook Longhouse

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Replica of a Chinook longhouse at the Cathlapotle Village near present Ridgefield, Washington visited by Lewis and Clark. This is a photo of the Chiefs end of the building and one of the the fire pits. There were personal areas along the sides for the others and a small entrance on the other end. Open to the public for free guided tours 12 to 4pm Sat & Sun through September. 28908 N.W. Main, Ridgefield, Washington_MG_5784

Polish Festival

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Portland’s 21st Annual Polish Festival at 3900 Interstate Ave in Portland, Oregon Saturday 9/20/2014 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday 9/21/2014 from noon to 6:00pm. Ethnic food with music and dancing performed on stage. I had the combination plate which had pierogies (dumplings), golabki (cabbage roll), kielbasa (sausage) bigos (hunters stew) and a dinner roll for $10.00. Croatian food was also available. There are also a number of interesting booths and some of them sell adult beverages.  ADMISSION FREE

Lorquin’s Admiral “Limenitis lorquini var itelkae”

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


Lorquin’s Admiral “Limenitis lorquini var. itelkae”  Wing span 2-2.5″.   Found throughout OR & WA.  Upper Photo:  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Mt Adams, OR,  Middle Photo:  Upper Table Rock near Medford, OR 9/03/2010 & Lower Photo:  Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns,OR  7/04/2009

She Who Watches

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


She Who Watches Petroglyph.  I went to the Columbia Hills State Park in Washington just across from The Dalles, Oregon to see “She Who Watches”.   This three foot diameter petroglyph is old but probably not ancient and it may have been created only two or three hundred years ago.  There are additional petroglyphs but she is definitely the queen.  The trail is about a half mile long and the surface is somewhat rocky and uneven.  Visitation is by appointment only.  Photo:  Columbia River Gorge  9/18/2009

American Avocet “Recurvirostra americana”

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014


American Avocet “Recurvirostra americana” Length 18″, wingspan 31″ and weight 11 oz.  Top Photo:  Ruh-Red_MG_7234 - Version 2 Road near Burns, OR 9/24/2012, Middle Photo is probably a young bird and the adults were performing a rather aggressive broken-wing display to lead our vehicle away from their nesting area:  Fields-Denio Rd east of Steens Mt, OR 7/10/2011 and Bottom Photo:  Near Burns, OR 6/21/2009 and 4/26/2014


Thursday, February 27th, 2014


This is not a garden flower but it is a wild picture.  This is an up close and personal photo of the intimate parts of a clematis flower.  We normally see only the midpoint between the infinitely large and infinitely small. Photo:  Lake Oswego, OR  9/13/2008

Waldo Lake, Oregon

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

The Waldo Lake Wilderness area is located near Oakridge OR, S.W. of Eugene and it is the 2nd larges non alkali lake in OR.  It is  420 feet deep and no motors are allowed on the lake.  There was a forest fire here in 1996 but there is an abundance of wild flowers in June and July.  Photo:  9/05/2008_MG_3555_1 - Version 2

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel “Spermophilus lateralis”

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Spermophillus lateralis)  Length 9 to 11 inches and 5 to 13 ounces.  There is a golden mantle extending from the head down over their shoulders.  They have a white stripe bordered by two black stripes running along their back but no stripes on the face (distinguishing them from chipmunks). Found  in the Cascade Mts and in Eastern OR.  Top Photo:  Anthony Lake, OR 9/06/2011 and Lower Photo:   Near Camp Sherman just West of Sisters, OR  6/10/2009