The Rutter

Lone Cottonwood

Lone Cottonwood

Driving south through the center of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, you will come upon this lone Cottonwood tree. It presents a nice break to the surrounding scenery.

Buckskin Pinto Stallion

Buckskin Pinto Stallion

The Steens Mountain Wilderness is managed in cooperation with the local ranchers by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It is a vast 500,000-acre region south of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.The South Steens Herd Management Area (HMA) is traversed by the South Steens Loop Road making it easy to spot and photograph these magnificent animals in the wild.The herds in this HMA are managed to maintain healthy Pinto specimens.

Spring in Focus

Spring in Focus

The vernal equinox has just passed. Spring, for those of us north of the equator, has officially begun. Last year at this time, Liddy and I took a moment to wander along the banks of the White River. The willows were blooming. Their little fuzzy flowers in full show.

Columbia Morning

Columbia Morning

Just below the John Day Dam on the Columbia River, is a pullout where you can park for the night. In the morning you may be rewarded with view of Mount Hood, the Cliffs on the south side of the Columbia Gorge, and this old grain elevator.

River of Aspen

River of Aspen

Autumn gold flows down the mountainside near Aspen Grove, British Columbia

Cliff Side Honey Combs

Cliff Side Honey Combs

High on a cliff above the John Day Fossil Beds, near Condon, OR there is this bee’s nest. The bees are over one inch long. We know because Liddy almost snapped one that was buzzing around her nose.

See You Later

See You Later

A female mule deer looks back at Liddy and I across the small creek running through the east side of Page Springs Campground

Paired Cottonwoods

Paired Cottonwoods

There is something about the symmetry of this pair of cottonwoods.The freshly tilled field in the foreground, and the line of yellow daffodils behind. Just a nice spring photo of the Skagit Valley near La Conner, WA.

Getting a Better Look

Getting a Better Look

This Great Horned Owl squints down at us from a large, old tree on the grounds of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.

100 Years of Learning

100 Years of Learning

The elementary school in Wilkerson, WA declares itself to have been in business for 100 years. Built from the sandstone that was mined locally, it is an impressive building.

Violet Beach

Violet Beach

A mist rises from the bay while the setting sun throws everything into a violet firestorm.

North Head Lighthouse

North Head Lighthouse

North Head Lighthouse stands above a calm North Pacific Ocean in the early evening