Monday, November 17, 2008

Animals on Maggie

Western Screech Owl
This is the owl that lives in one of the barns on Maggie.

Yellow Garden Spider
In the first picture of the spider, the photo is taken from the front. He is snacking on a grasshopper. The second picture is taken from behind.
Me with a prize catch of a smallmouth bass.

I took this picture with Dad's camera, which has an extremely powerful lens, near the fish ladders in Roseburg.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Werewolves and Kittens and Bears, Oh My!

In 50 years we will be able to tell our grandchildren that we were here at this historic moment when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. Yes we can!

The picture above is of me in my werewolf Halloween costume.

Even a man who is pure at heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a werewolf
when the wolf's bane blooms
and the Autumn moon
is shining full and bright

Me and my friend Dracula (David)

What are you looking at?

My cats, from left, Eeclipse, Magic, and Leon.

These are photos taken by my dad and I with our remote trail camera.
The bear feeds on a cow skull on our mountain on Maggie.
A wet bear butt

The bear
the king of the forest
shy but fierce

The bear feeds on the remains of a blacktail deer.

An extreme closeup of the bear

We have also used the camera to get pictures of other critters on Maggie. We hope to get pictures of mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats someday

Some of my recent photography on Maggie
Western Forest Scorpion

A scorpion
feared because it stings
those who harass it
and deserve to be stung

The picture above is of an Ensatina Salamander
The picture above and the picture below are of another Ensatina Salamander
A little salamander
pokes its head over dad's hand
its amphibian skin moist and gleaming

A red salamander[species unknown]

Closeup of mushroom with dead gnats on it.

A large Praying Mantis perched on a dead flower in front of our house.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

An Earthly Paradise

Maggie truly is an earthy paradise. The soil seems to grow plants better and quicker than most other soil even when fertilized.

A garden strawberry, which I ate!
A garden raspberry. Which I will eat when ripe.

Corn. Already knee high!

Some small spiders.

A cool looking bug. He was nearly two inches long.


For the last couple of weekends Dad and I have been going down to the Umpqua River (one of the best fishing rivers in the west), which flows next to Maggie, and fishing. And we have also seen some neat animals there.

Pacific tree frog

A dragonfly who recently emerged from his nymph form and was still unfurling his new wings.

The Lowest Tide in Ten Years

Thursday, June 5th was the lowest ocean tide in ten years. Technically we went to the ocean on Friday the 6th, but the tide was almost as low. With such a low tide places that have rarely been above water were and creatures who had never seen direct sunlight were visable to the naked eye. We tide pooled at Neptune State Park.
After we went to the beach we visited Sea Lion Caves (a tourist attraction). It is the largest natural sea cave in the world. Stellar Sea lions rest in it.

This cave was on the beach and is not sea lion cave, but it is a few miles away.

tide pool fish