Guest photographer Denny Barnes sent me these gorgeous night sky photos about a week ago, and then I forgot, so I didn’t get them posted. I am so good like that. So, with my apologies for being a dork, here are his photos. The first one (top) shows the moon, and Venus and Mars make an appearance with the moon on the second (below). Thanks, Denny!
Guest photographer Denny Barnes knows where the gorgeous views are just outside of Stayton. His description:
My Dog, Reggie and I took a hike up the ridge in front of our house today and looking down on Coon Hollow with all the green fields it looked quite pretty.
That’s breathtaking right there. Thanks, Denny!
Guest photographer Denny Barnes captured some awesome shots of Christmas trees being harvested from an area tree farm (not wild trees, so no deforestation). His description:
My dog and I took a walk in the woods today (12/03/2014) and I took a few shots of the Christmas Tree Harvest going on. They have been harvesting trees for about a month now and I don’t see how the trees can last until Christmas but guess they do. We were about a half mile away so some of my shots are large crops to see better. On the way back I shot a couple of the tree string rappers. The green one is for the average tree and the red one is for the very large trees (15′ to 20′). The helicopter with the big trees could only bring one tree at a time off the hill. Anyway, this is some of what I saw of the harvest at the end of Coon Hollow Rd out of Sublimity.
Too cool. Click on the thumbnails below to see the rest of the images. Thanks, Denny!
Guest photographer Denny Barnes has the coolest house guests, and he certainly knows how to bring out the best in them with his camera. His description:
Last year I had just one female Anna’s Hummingbird that stayed all winter. This year I have several still here and a male showed up about a week ago. I have 3 feeders and he thinks they are all his. He spends so much time running the females off he doesn’t get much time to feed himself. I’ll send along several shots I took of him through our dinning room window.
Below are the other shots Denny sent. Thanks, Denny!
I am very happy guest photographer Denny Barnes kicked my backside with his fantastic moon photo from the lunar eclipse two nights ago (here’s mine).
I see someone else was up in the wee hours of the morning. You did great with your eclipse shots. There is so much contrast when the moon is only partly eclipsed it hard to get both the light and dark color and I had a lot of trouble with my lens fogging over all the time. Anyway, I’ll send some shot I got.
I love that he captured several stars in the shot, too. Click on the thumbnails below to see two more shots from Denny.
… 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!
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!
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 Denny Barnes sent this to me a handful of days ago, but other things came up, so I didn’t have a chance to post this beauty until now. His description:
Did you happen to see the moon tonight (August 3rd)? With the haze we had today it made it very red. Took the dog out for her last potty run and saw how red it was so I had to grab some shots.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes is all kinds of awesome. We had a pretty big thunderstorm two nights ago, and Denny captured it beautifully. Seriously, look at the photo above. It’s flat out amazing. And look at the one below:
Another amazing shot. And I get to share them here. How cool is that? Denny’s description:
The last 24 hours was pretty electrifying. I suppose everybody was out getting shots of the lighting. Most of it was too far west and hidden behind trees for me to shoot but I did get a few shots that were high enough to be seen.
Thank you so much, Denny!