We had some fog a few mornings ago, and guest photographer Maryann Nielson captured it beautifully. She also caught what appear to be Canada geese. Thanks, Maryann!
… With a camera, that is. Guest photographer Denny Barnes caught these turkeys turking around near his house. His description:
Seeing your birds the other day which I think may be starlings, thought I’d send a couple of shots of my birds this morning. You’ll have to excuse the quality because they were shot through my office window which is not the cleanest, plus a window screen, low light and heavy rain. You get the idea. The tom was shot a few days ago but through the same window…
View more of the turkeys below. Thanks, Denny!
The ducks appear to be mallards, but I tend to think most ducks look like mallards. It could be because most of the ducks in town are mallards. So these might be mallards.
This photo was taken at the pond swamp thing behind the park and ride on Cascade Highway at the north edge of town.
Hey hey hey hey!
This is my periodic begging for guest photographers. If you’re interested, please see the contribute a photo page for details. I am short on photos at the moment, and with it apparently raining for the next bit, I probably won’t have an opportunity to obtain more until after it passes. Thanks!
I’m not sure how obvious it is from the photo (click on it to see it larger), but there are a lot of birds in the branches of this tree. I count at least twelve or thirteen. I tried to get closer shots of them, but they were pretty far away, and I was behind a fence. I have no idea what kind of birds they are, as usual.
This was taken along the path by the wetland area off of Sunrise Dr.
This cute cat was sitting on the sidewalk near my house the other day. I think it was waiting to have its picture taken. Maybe it had seen me around town with my camera. I have a bit of a reputation for that, I think.
In site news…
I’ve added a few more things to the new layout, including a different lightbox plugin, an improved gallery layout for posts with multiple images, more login options for commenting, a related posts plugin, several options to share posts on various social media sites, and the option to get post notifications via email (in the right-hand menu, or at the end of the post below).
I tried to make everything small and unobtrusive, but still available if you want to use them.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes’ hummingbird feeder has had some interesting visitors lately. Denny’s description:
My hummers have shrunk..LOL. The last few days my hummers have had some competition. So far they seem to be getting along OK. Don’t know where these little guys came from but there sure is a lot of them at times. I most likely will have to fill the feeders after dark now.
My own hummingbird feed is lonely. Maybe Denny could send me some of his hummingbirds, and he can keep the bees. Thanks, Denny!
New site design
I’ve changed the template I use for this site. I hope the new one is cleaner and easier to use. I was never very happy with the old design, and while this new one isn’t perfect, it’s a bit better, I think.
I went down to the park and ride off of Cascade Highway, just north of Stayton, and spotted this pretty boy or girl getting some food in the swampy pond thing nearby. I think it might be a great blue heron, but I also might be wrong.
This photo is heavily cropped, because he or she was pretty far away.
There was a mass of black cows in a field near the Harvest Festival grounds on Sunday (you can see the big tent and stands at the festival grounds in the background). There are but a few of the cows. I think they’re some sort of gang. Good thing there was a fence between them and me, or I might not have survived.