Archive for the ‘Pacific Northwest’ Category

Thought I’d toss up a couple shots of our most recent guests. male & female calliope hummingbirds (Stellula calliope) Black-Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) To all good Mom’s out there Happy Mother’s Day! Footnote: I’d like to say upfront I did not handle any of the birds here nor did I photo-shop – I just fed […]


Okay quick and true story….. I’ll subtitle it; “The Rural Conundrum: Clean Windows to See the Neat View or Dirty Windows to Prolong the Life of Wild Birds?” Yep, I heard that light thunk near my kitchen window and just knew a bird had slammed into it. With all the bird food I put out […]


A few “in the field” macro shots of various things.. At the moment I’m not as good as identifying algae and fungi so I’ll leave the titles out. I’d embarrass myself making a feeble attempt. Anyone who knows names and wants to ID these guys.  I’ll happily rewrite this and post it for all to […]


this spring I intend to walk through the forest and attempt to utilize my new lens… i will say nothing but shoot up a couple of shots I liked. I felt obligated to test it before I could start taking shots of local flora…. the most recent birds will come but for now I’m just […]


Pine Siskin’s Hairy Woodpecker Here is a little Mountain Chickadee I met up with last night (I like that ruffled feather look…)


I did not need the reminder that spring was six weeks away…. I found that even when Phil states that we are having an early spring it has no bearing on my life; the dramatic claim does little in terms of thawing ice and snow …. at this point I just sing Christmas carols to […]


Let’s talk birds… I kept putting out seeds and in December, when six feet of snow fell and the temps dropped to six below, I felt pretty happy I did. The chickadee’s, red-breasted nuthatches and a few dark eye’d juncos fed, then “slept,” then fed, then “slept” and well, you get the basic idea. (That also seems to be […]


…from an unsuspecting Oregonian. The comment is the only way I can explain my long absence. Years ago my sister lived in Oregon and we used to kind of pick on Oregon a bit. We giggled about what the anchors on television looked like and found they looked so similar in Seattle. We laughed that […]


True story; No matter how hard I tried I could not find the identity of this flower. It came into bloom about two weeks ago and I faithfully took shot after shot of it. However… posting it was another story because I just could not find the species. I woke up this morning and I […]


When I posted the bird shots I was saddened that I had not seen in the last couple of days the cross bills however, they must have been hanging out at my feeder about the city equivalent of five blocks away. I keep one feeder far away from the house and hike the birdfeed in […]