Photos from dry January days around town in Oregon are rare – without rain, birds and flowers oddly show up and sunrises surprise, The last few days were just so … Oddly placed birds Winter in Willamette Valley houses sea gulls. Why? A quick search found little but a reference for Gulls. My sister, a long-time coastal resident, guessed they head to the valley to avoid storms (and find easier food … ). For thoseKeep Reading …

Gillespie Butte foggy morning started with clear skies and a crescent moon and morphed into a foggy, foggy morning Carbon karma tax ratio: hike time 150 minutes / drive time total 0 minutes (walked out front door) = 150, car carbon used (lower guardrail = 3)Keep Reading …

A couple of mornings walking around town camera in hand found a few birds holding still in the cold, grey day. Even an odd bush flower was still blooming in early January (a camellia?). A Blue Heron (Cornell reference) standing on one leg above the water – looks like just trying to stay warm, not fishing. A Pied-billed Grebe (Cornell reference) A couple Canada Geese hanging out (Cornell reference) For a brief moment, there wasKeep Reading …

desert sunrise on snow covered mountains

Several early cold morning photos from Palm Springs with snow on the mountains around the valley. Most of the pictures are from around Indian Wells, but cover the full length of the valley from the Salton Sea to Palm Springs Tram.Keep Reading …

On a fast urban hike, camera in hand, I met several birds along the Willamette in early morning on a cold grey end of November day – the same eagle from yesterday harassed by several crows today and quickly disappeared. Before the sun and the town noises, a flock of geese, several sea gulls and crows filled the early morning. Note: photos tweaked slightly to highlight the birds.Keep Reading …

Walking around town at the end of November my camera caught a bald eagle fishing under cloudy sky caught a fish in Willamette River and then hung out at the mill race pond but hid from camera. I’ve seen this same eagle around town for a couple of weeks soaring above the river. Yet, it’s dive into the river and successfully bringing out a fish was a first. At the river, grey skies and fadingKeep Reading …

Sunrise on Pre’s Trail in 26 degrees this morning started with headlamp on through Alton Baker Park on to Mill Race and around back along Willamette River. Cold air, heavy frost so I’d leave footprints on the bark dust trail, and so few other humans that early … nice! Geese, herons, ducks, a cormorant and a few song birds gathered near warmer water. After a couple hours, the cold got the better of me, andKeep Reading …