Biodiversity

Winter Gold

It’s so refreshing to find a bit of color in all the grays and browns of winter.  I loved the gold moss on this old cottonwood (at least I’m assuming…

Moving Rattlesnakes Humanely

We don’t bother the Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes that live on the wilder parts of our property. It’s easy enough to walk around them. But when they appear near our yurt and garden, it’s a little close for comfort (…)

Paw Prints

On this day of global action for climate change, I’m once again too busy on the land — preparing garlic beds, planting cover crops, taking stock of what we need to do to manage our ponderosa pine forests and weed-infested pastures — to participate in group events (…)

Wild Elderberries

I’m excited to try my new steam juicer on this first crop of wild elderberries.  Mixed with a little honey, the juice disappears pretty fast in our home.  But later…

Rattlesnake

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…

Bat in the Closet

My nephew – an expert critter finder – has been visiting this week.  He was exploring the old homestead on our property in northeast Oregon and found this gorgeous bat…

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 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…

I craved trilliums yesterday but didn’t have the energy to drive far.   And with 92,000 acres of green space in Portland, Oregon, I didn’t have to.  I drove ten minutes…