Photography Challenge: Spare

View of Steens Mountain, Oregon

View of 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.

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

Look Closer

Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR 4-2016Looks like an old homestead, right?

Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR 4-2016Look a little bit closer.

Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR 4-2016Go on…zoom in.

Sod House Ranch, Malheur NWR 4-2016If we learn to focus in on things 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

Mt Hood, 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

 

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 their song.