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 it’s a cottonwood) in the Sandy River Delta.
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 (…)
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 (…)
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 batches may make it into jelly, wine, or apple pies.
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 good rattler photos. I’ll need to keep working on it. This photo doesn’t do justice to the snake’s beauty.
Even when I closed in to snap the picture, the snake never coiled up. It just rattled, tried to hide behind grass stalks and slowly disappeared into denser brush. Every snake we’ve met out here has been like that (though some do coil): more interested in escape than confrontation.
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus)
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 in the closet. The ears are amazing. I snapped a few photos and then left it alone. I don’t have a good mammal field guide […]
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 is in the photo below. The nest is about two-thirds of the way up the tree. Soft-hearted Jerry put up the fence to protect the […]
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 this is, please leave a comment and let me know. Perhaps they’ll develop some more identifiable features before they fledge.
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 across town and entered 645 acres of trillium heaven in Tryon Creek State Park. A washed-out footbridge detoured me onto a horse trail, but I […]
Catherine Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain. Photo: Maxim Zakhartsev I need inspiration to get back to my book. Last year during this time, I pulled out of winter hibernation and began a strong spurt of writing by bringing the wild indoors. I tempted my muses – various species of Saccharomyces – with some flour and pineapple juice. For […]