We may be officially into Autumn (and a few rainy days), but guest photographer Maryann Nielson brings us some sunshine to remind us of summer. Thanks, Maryann!
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.
This photo is nowhere near as dramatic or cool as one I posted the other day from guest photographer Maryann Nielson, but it’s still a slice of life here in the valley. I know pretty much nothing about such things, but it looked like the guy on the tractor was using the attachment on the back to flatten things down in the field, or maybe it was cutting things down. Or maybe neither one.
This was shot along Cascade Highway, across the street from the park and ride at the north edge of town.
Yesterday afternoon, a lot of sirens could be heard around town, and I was curious as to what was going on, as were other Stayton residents, I bet. The sirens went on for quite a while. Guest photographer Denny Barnes brings us the answer.
We had a little excitement up Fern Ridge today. It appeared a field burn got out of bounds and into the woods north of Fern Ridge road. I was told there was over 40 vehicles (at least 22 of them were fire trucks) on the ridge plus a water drop helicopter at one time. I had to leave and did not get to see the helicopter. I think we had most every fire truck for 20 miles around. We even had a response truck from Drain go by our house. That was some response. Good thing with things as dry as they are. I’ll send a few of the shots I took while I was there.
I found a little blurb about it on the Stayton Mail’s web site.
Click on the thumbnails below to see the images Denny took. Thank you, Denny!
I guess it really is autumn. I found this pumpkin growing at the edge of someone’s property a few days ago off of Wildflower Dr. Our weather is still warm and sunny for the most part, so it doesn’t feel like we’re transitioning out of summer at all. But seeing that pumpkin reminded me that it is, indeed, nearly fall. I don’t think I’m quite ready.
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.
Guest photographer Jim Mullholand captured this beautiful sunset last night. We’ve had a lot of smoke in the air from area wildfires for the last few days, and yesterday was especially bad. But I’m glad we can still find the beauty in such a situation. Jim’s description:
Smoke from the Estacada fire creates a colorful sunset over the smokey valley.
Thank you, Jim! It’s gorgeous. Be sure to click on the thumbnail at right to see another view of the sunset.