From a dusty crinkled old photo to the most beautiful professionally framed portrait, every

photograph has a story. These images are considered to be some of our most valuable treasures

and to us, they are “never just a photograph”.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Zachary, the Lion

Meet 9 month old Zachary, the Lion.  This little guy was all smiles on this rainy, blustery, Halloween day at the pumpkin patch.










Happy little boy with his rain soaked face!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Birding in June and July

Summer is a busy time, and it's sure been flying by!  Here are some of my favorite shots I took while I was out birding in June and July.

Warbling Vireo in her little nest.



Juvenile Great Horned Owl



Juvenile Great Horned Owl



Downy Woodpecker



Juvenile American Robin



Red-Tailed Hawk


Sage Thrasher



Wrentit




Coopers Hawk



A 2nd Coopers Hawk flew in



Violet Green Swallow



MacGillivray's Warbler



Dark-eyed Junco


Along the way I saw some beautiful wild flowers and tiny insects,




















as well as a cute little chipmunk.






Even though I wasn't birding when I took this last shot, it's one of my favorites this summer.  I took this at 11:00 pm with the half moon as my only light, at Dee Wright Observatory near Sisters Oregon.   



Dee Wright Observatory - Lava Beds


Happy Birding!
 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sweet Hannah

A few days ago, I grabbed my camera for a few shots of this sweet little girl.  Hannah will only be two for another couple months, and it was a perfect evening to take her for a walk around the property.



 



 

 
 
 

 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Around My Yard: In May

May in Oregon has been beautiful!  Here are a few of my favorite shots this month, as I wandered around the property.


Iris




Anna's Hummingbird



Female and Male House Finch enjoying a little rain


Lavender



Western Bluebird - Male



Tree Pitch




Black-headed Grosbeak - Male


Brewers Blackbird


 

Band-tailed Pigeon
 
 

California Quail - Male







Western Kingbird - This guy never would come around when the lighting was good!


Female and Male Mallard Duck

Spotted Towhee


European Starling
 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Birding In May

I recently joined a birding group in my area. It has been an extremely fun and educational experience.  As I watch and learn from the experts who have been birding for many, many years, I am amazed at how many birds they can identify by their call or song.  It's like learning a second language! 
 
In 2011, "The Big Year" the movie was released.  It's a comedy (which was based on a true story) about three birders trying to see and identify the most birds in North America in a single year.  Birders who plan to be a competitor in this informal competition in North America, must plan to see and identify over 700 birds.  The competition begins on January 1 at 12:00 A.M. each year and ends on December 31st at 11:59 P.M. as defined in the American Birding Association Big Year rules.  When I watched the movie a few years ago, I never dreamed that bird-watching would be in my future!
 
Here's are some of the birds I photographed this month.
 
 
Osprey
 
Savanna Sparrow

 
Turkey Vulture

 
Wrentit
 
Cedar Waxwing
 
Great Blue Heron fishing at Fern Ridge Dam


 
Lazuli Bunting
 
Pelicans

Violet-green Swallow

Bewick's Wren


Northern Flicker


Song Sparrow

 
Eagle heading to nest with more building material as the two eaglets watch
 
 
Mallard Duck

 
 
There's often other nice creatures along the way,
 
Western Pond Turtle
 
 

and others you could do without.
 
 
Redspotted Garter Snake
 
 
 

Happy Birding!