View of Columbia River
View of Columbia River from Catherine Creek

A rare day of sunshine and blue sky lured us out of Portland toward Catherine Creek. After a fabulous wood-fired pizza at Solstice in Bingen, we set off along our…

Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir on the top of Mt. Tabor

After a busy day of dealing with car repairs and shopping for Thanksgiving food, I didn’t want to walk the dog in our nearby park. I really didn’t. (…)

Domestic Challenges, Wild Beauty

I’m ecstatic to be back on our property in Northeastern Oregon.  There’s lots to do: organizing inside the yurt to make cooking and storage more convenient, building a spring box…

Moss growing behind my ears, moss for brains, hiding under moss….

Fuyu Persimmon
Fuyu Persimmon

I love how persimmons hang on the tree after the leaves have fallen.

Looking towards apple orchard and canyon
Looking towards apple orchard and canyon

A photograph of the first snow of the season in eastern Oregon mountains.


I haven’t seen a rattlesnake all season.  Then yesterday, down by our spring, I saw three.  I ran back to the yurt…for the camera.  I’ve been wanting to get some…

Many thanks to Chris Clarke at Coyote Crossing and the folks at Bats Northwest for helping me identify the bat I found. It’s a Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat — a species…

More Chipping Sparrows

Last week,  I mentioned a late nest of chipping sparrows in a small tree near our parking area.  Now I have some pictures.  You can see how tiny the tree…

Mystery Eggs Update

I’m in Central Oregon this week with a steady wi-fi connection, so I can begin to catch up on some internet work, including long overdue reports on the latest bird…

Mystery Eggs Hatched

The eggs hidden in the rusty tool box have hatched. Hatchlings hoping the camera will feed them. Haven’t been able to spot the parents yet. If anyone knows what species…

Pacific Tree Frog

In a post several months ago, I pondered where Pacific tree frogs go after breeding in watery places.  I don’t have a general answer for that question, but I found…