Guest photographer Denny Barnes caught one of his hummingbird friends out in the snow. His description:
We got 2 1/2″ of snow. I still have three hummers that will probably be with me all winter. With all this cold weather I have to bring the feeders in every night otherwise they freeze. The hummers are waiting for me every morning at daylight to put the feeders back up. This one never gets very far from the feeder. Not the greatest shot, shooting through a not so clean window but you get the picture.
Coming home from Salem this evening, we noticed the thousands of Canadian Honkers on the Aumsville water treatment ponds. What a sight later when they took flight. According to Wikipedia, when not in flight, a group of geese is called a gaggle, when in flight it can be called a skein. I learned something new again today.
Thanks to Ron for the gorgeous images, and the education. Be sure to click on the thumbnail at right to see the birds in the air.
This little bug — I’m not sure if it’s a bee or a hoverfly — wasn’t very happy I’d stopped to take pictures of the fall crocus flowers at the Lone Oak Cemetery a few days ago. I was sort of getting in the way of it getting something to eat. If you click on the photo it will pop up larger and you’ll be able to see some of the already collected stuff on its back.
This little guy or gal was hanging out by my patio door last night, underneath the light. It’s probably a cross/garden spider, as most of the ones I see in my yard seem to be of that variety.
In case you were wondering, I’ve named him/her George. All spiders are named George. It’s a thing.
During the Santiam SummerFest on Saturday (see also: the car show), the Stayton Police Department held a demonstration of its new narcotics K9, a chocolate lab named Brody.
Brody’s handler, Officer Paul Eves, showed the crowd how Brody does his job, and how he is rewarded with his favorite thing, a tennis ball. That dog loved that tennis ball, and dropped it in front of several people to get them to play with him.
Click on the thumbnails below to see more of the cute dog with an important job.
I’ll have more photos from the SummerFest tomorrow.
Just a baby praying mantis. It was pretty still for the photo shoot but decided he wanted to take off after a few shots.
Awesome! Thanks, Dorothy.
I wait for these little critters to appear every year along the edge of the water canal at the east end of Water St. These cinnabar moth caterpillars eat the wild tangsy ragwort like it’s going out of style. Farmers use them to get rid of the ragwort because it’s poisonous to horses and cattle.
Click on the thumbnail at right to see a close-up view of one of the caterpillars.