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.
Some put everything they have into making the world a better place.
A desert can be desolate
Arid and barren
Of brilliant hues
Amidst the sand
Painting with a delicate brush
From a palette of rainbows
Who times two is a portrait of two burrowing owls, Athene cunicularia. Observed at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon.
Looks like an old homestead, right?
Go on…zoom in.
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.
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.
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.