Spare: Daily Post Photography Challenge

Spare -Driving east from Hart Mountain, Oregon
Then: The road to Steens Mountain, Oregon

The road to Steens Mountain in Oregon may appear Spare , but there is an abundance of beautiful sights, sounds, and scents in the high desert.

Optimism in a single flower – Inspiration

Optimism -Carnation, Dianthus sp.
Carnation, Dianthus sp.

Some put everything they have into making the world a better place.

May Showers, High Desert Flowers

A desert can be desolate
Arid and barren

Spring showers
Splash colors

Of brilliant hues
Amidst the sand

Painting with a delicate brush
From a palette of rainbows

Who Times Two: A pair of burrowing owls

Who times two Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia
Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia

Who times two is a portrait of two burrowing owls,  Athene cunicularia. Observed at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon.

Look closer to find the unexpected

Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR, Oregon 9April2016
Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR, Oregon

Looks like an old homestead, right?

Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR 4-2016

Look closer.

Look closer Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR 4-2016

Go on…zoom in.

Look closer Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR 4-2016

If we learn to focus in on things and look closer, we sometimes find the unexpected.

In this case, it’s a double-crested cormorant and great blue heron rookery. These birds look and act so differently yet they manage to get along.

This rookery is located at the Sod House Ranch at Malheur NWR. It was built by cattle-baron Peter French in the late 1800’s. The ranch was the headquarters of the French-Glenn Livestock Company that at one time covered 140,000 acres.

Mt Hood peek on a sunny April day

Mt Hood peek, Oregon
Mt Hood, Oregon

If I have to travel to the west side of the state, at least I get to peek at this peak.

Here is a link to a site with all kinds of interesting info about Mt Hood AKA Wy’East.

Mt Hood FAQs

Spring Night Songs of Pacific Treefrogs

Pacific treefrog, Pseudacris regilla, serenade from our small backyard pond.

First with a couple backup singers, then the solo artist, and finally, the chorus joins in.

Hope you enjoy this short recording of the spring night songs of Pacific treefrogs.