This little bird was hanging out on a rock near the boat launch (see yesterday’s photo) at the Santiam River a few days ago.
I went down to the boat ramp at the Santiam River next to the sand and gravel place a couple of days ago, and saw this guy back his boat down the boat ramp while I was there. He spent a good deal of time running the boat’s engine, but in the end, he didn’t take his boat out on the water. I don’t know if something was wrong, or if he just had the boat there to test the engine. All I know is I was bummed, because I wanted to get a shot of the boat zooming by.
The trees in front of the Jordan Bridge at Pioneer Park are finally in bloom. I was afraid I’d miss it, since it’s been raining off and on, but I was happy to see them yesterday when I went by.
Now, if only they’d move those darn trash cans out from in front of the bridge, I’d be a happy camper. So would my friend, Maryann, whom I ran into yesterday while taking pictures.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes brings us some hummingbirds today. His description:
I had one little Rufous male that stayed here all winter but about a week ago the Anna’s showed up, mostly all females and they’ve pretty well taken over. The Rufous had the feeder all to himself and now he can hardly get to it. I have two feeders out now, one quart each and they almost empty them daily. Last year it took over 50lbs of sugar to keep them happy.
Whoa that’s a lot of sugar. I started trying to attract hummingbirds in my yard last year, after seeing a couple flittering around. I don’t think I quite realized what I might be in for. Thanks, Denny!
Guest photographer Denny Barnes once again brings us some stunning images of helicopters being used at a Christmas tree farm (Facebook/Google+ users, be sure to click through to see all of the images). His description:
The Christmas Trees get kinda hungry this time of year so they were out feeding them yesterday. Feeding the trees, the helicopter pilot and loader are very busy people. The bucket would only hold about 1 minute worth of fertilizer so he was back every couple minutes for a reload. With two helicopters working the trees it was a very noisy day.
Very cool! This is something most of us don’t get to see. Thanks, Denny!
Click below to see the thumbnails all bigger like.
This here is Oregon’s state flower, the Oregon Grape, if I’ve identified it correctly. You might notice the distinct lack of grapes, but the plant does grow berries, so maybe that counts. Here’s some info about the flower, if you’re into that sort of thing.
I found this growing at the edge of Neitling Park. I have some Oregon Grape plants in my yard, too, but I rarely think to take pictures in my own yard. I don’t know why.