Monday, November 30, 2009

Hell Gate Canyon

The wild and scenic Rogue River in the late afternoon
with heavy shadows and golden light on the trees

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Taking Flight

Snow Geese - Ross Geese Hybrid flying in the late afternoon sun.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Snowgeese - Ross Geese Hybrids

Millions of these geese overwinter in the Kalamth National Wildlife Reserve

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

First Snow

Fish Lake, OR off HWY 140 between Medford and Klamath Falls.

Located at 4600 ft. at the foot of Mt McLaughlin (9495ft)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Driving into the Sunset

Lower Klamath Federal Wildlife Reguge, CA
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Black Necked Stilt

Photo taken at the Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge in Northern California.
We just missed some really great birds who had just left and were too early for the eagles.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunset at the Lower Kalamath Reserve

A friend and I went down into California yesterday to Tule Lake
and the Lower Kalamath Reserve.
Last night we saw the most dazzling sunset I think I have ever seen.
The colors were dazzling and almost blinding at their peak.
The pointy mountain is Mount Shasta.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Autumn in Sportsman Park

Took this in the beginning of the fall color season.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Downtown Grants Pass, OR

Early Hudson's Bay Company hunters and trappers, following the Siskiyou Trail, passed through the site beginning in the 1820s. In the late 1840s, settlers (mostly American) following the Applegate Trail began traveling through the area on their way to the Willamette Valley. The name was selected to honor General U.S. Grant's success at Vicksburg and a post office was established on March 22, 1865. The city of Grants Pass was incorporated in 1887, a year after it had become the county seat.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Grecian Pillar

This is one of the pillars at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California.

I have a new gallery at

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Getty Villa

From my recent trip to California. I had been to the Villa years ago but it has been completely renovated. There were many interesting exhibits as well as the beautiful building it's self.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kienlen-Harbeck Building, Grants Pass, OR

Called the Kienlen-Harbeck Building, built in 1900 and served as the Oregon Hotel.
Mr. H. Walters operated his first saloon out of the motel, the Oregon Saloon.
It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is now a gift shop.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Harvest Time

The world record pumpkin recorded this year weighted in at 1,725 pounds

Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico, dating back over 7000 years to 5500 B.C.

Native American Indians used pumpkin as a staple in their diets centuries before the pilgrims landed. When white settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins grown by the Indians. Pumpkin soon became a staple in their diets, too. They also brought seeds back to Europe, where they quickly became popular. Just like today, early settlers used pumpkins in a wide variety of recipes, from desserts to stews and soups. In addition to cooking with pumpkins, they also dried the shells and cut strips to weave into mats.

Early settlers made pumpkin pie by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, then baking it.Whether they learned this from Native Americans is not known.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Leafy Dragon Fish

Much like the seahorse, the leafy sea dragon's name is derived from its resemblance to another creature.
While not large by sea monster standards, they are slightly larger than most sea horses, growing to about 30cm .
They feed on plankton and small crustaceans.
It is a little hard to see as he blends in with the plants. He is the white creature.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I explored the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
Taking photos was quite a problem since it was dark and what light there was was backlit.
I will be posting only a few photos as most were too blurry to share.