Arrowhead Art at Fort Rock: Monochrome Monday

This interesting collection of framed arrowhead art is on display at the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum. The obsidian used to make much of this art exists throughout parts of Central Oregon. It is abundant at Glass Buttes . Big Obsidian Flow, (shown here) at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, contains 380 million cubic yards of … Continue reading Arrowhead Art at Fort Rock: Monochrome Monday

Indoors at Fort Rock: LAPC

I’ve featured several outdoor photos taken in and around Fort Rock, but now you’ll get glimpses indoors at the Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum. Many of these historical buildings were moved here from nearby. The homes and businesses are furnished as they would have been in the early 1900s. This is a place where history … Continue reading Indoors at Fort Rock: LAPC

Looking up at Fort Rock: LAPC

Looking up while looking back These images from Fort Rock, Oregon focus on looking up. In this photo you see what a town from the early 1900’s may have looked like. Buildings were moved to this site to create the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society Homestead Village Museum. Each building is decorated with artifacts so … Continue reading Looking up at Fort Rock: LAPC

Looking back to Fort Rock

A sky streaked with clouds frames Fort Rock, rising from the sagebrush sea in central Oregon. This is the view from a cave where ancient sandals made from sagebrush were found. Sandals and other artifacts found there were determined to be 9,300-10,250 years old. Walking from the cave back towards the mountain, you can almost … Continue reading Looking back to Fort Rock

Fort Rock Cave

Looking out of the mouth of the Fort Rock cave at the Sagebrush Sea, one can only imagine the thoughts of those that lived there thousands of years ago. Sagebrush sandals, determined to be 9,300-10,250 years old, were found in the cave. These sandals are the oldest ever found in the world. Luther S. Cressman, … Continue reading Fort Rock Cave

Fort Rock – Central Oregon Attractions

The year is 1905 and you have traveled thousands of miles across the country. You spot a fort-shaped rock formation in the distance and know you are finally close to your destination. A sage thrasher perched atop sagebrush seems to be singing its melodic song to welcome you. As you draw closer, you see several … Continue reading Fort Rock – Central Oregon Attractions

Newspaper Rock – Ancient Messages in Stone

An amazing example of petroglyphs can be seen on the road into the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Wow! I have seen petroglyphs before but never so many in one spot. There are more than 650 drawings on Newspaper Rock at this state historical monument. The dark desert varnish provides a nice … Continue reading Newspaper Rock – Ancient Messages in Stone

Photo Bloopers 4: More photo fun

It’s time once again for fun with photos. Welcome to Photo Bloopers 4! This is what I do with pictures that don’t quite fit in or turned out weird looking. They needed a few words to make them more interesting. Hope they entertain you! Do you want to see more of my Photo Bloopers? See: … Continue reading Photo Bloopers 4: More photo fun

One acre at a time: On the Hunt for Joy Challenge

Last week I helped preserve a bit of the desert, one acre at a time. Sometimes it isn’t apparent how your $$$ help a cause. When you donate to conserve.org, you can see your money in action. Making a difference For only $46 per acre, you can help the Oregon Desert Land Trust purchase part … Continue reading One acre at a time: On the Hunt for Joy Challenge

Do you get the point?: Monochrome Monday

A collection of different types of barbed wire on display at Fort Rock, Oregon. Monochrome Monday

Stories within the layers of stone: LAPC

Sometimes I look at layered rock formations and imagine stories within the layers. This formation at Fort Rock looks like the giant prow of a ship bursting through the cliffs. A closer look shows where the water levels were before the ship drained the basin. This jumbled formation at Malheur NWR looks like it was … Continue reading Stories within the layers of stone: LAPC

Magic in the Wind Haiku: LAPC

Magic in the windPushes whirling windmill bladesCreating power Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Magical

Catlow Cave Artifacts: Monochrome Monday

Catlow Cave artifacts, including sagebrush bark sandals, grass & bark baskets, and arrowheads & spearpoints, are displayed at the Harney County Historical Society Museum in Burns, Oregon. There are a couple pointed sticks that may be “knitting needles”, used to knit the sagebrush bark together. These cave artifacts are between 9,000 to 10,000 years old. … Continue reading Catlow Cave Artifacts: Monochrome Monday

Clouds in my sky: LAPC

I can be jubilant one moment and pensive the next, and a cloud could go by and make that happen. Bob Dylan Here are few clouds in my sky from the last year’s worth of Lens-Artists Photo Challenges. These pictures were taken in Eastern and Central Oregon, my favorite country. Enjoy their many moods. Special … Continue reading Clouds in my sky: LAPC

Harmony in Nature: Songsters of Spring

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.” e.e. cummings At this time of the year, I often think of harmony in nature. Every time I go outside, I hear the songsters of spring. Here are a few local songsters whose voices and plumage are … Continue reading Harmony in Nature: Songsters of Spring

The Road To… Oregon: LAPC

The curving road Here are some curving roads to various scenic destinations in Oregon. When you’re driving down the road you never know what sights you’ll see just around the bend. What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains. … Continue reading The Road To… Oregon: LAPC

Purple penstemon: Flower Friday

The desert produces a profusion of colorful wildflowers at certain times of the year. Here is a stunning penstemon plant inside the Fort Rock volcanic tuff ring.

Mule Deer Field Trip near Bend, Oregon

At this time of year, mule deer are migrating and breeding in Central Oregon. Your best chances of seeing this nighttime-feeding deer are in the early hours of the morning or in the late evening. On a chilly November morning, High Desert Museum Curator of Wildlife, Jon Nelson, led a group of people eager to … Continue reading Mule Deer Field Trip near Bend, Oregon

Lounge lizard on lichens

I saw this scaly lizard crawling along the rocks at Fort Rock, Oregon. It crawled up to see me at eye level. Maybe it was trying to intimidate me by pretending to be Godzilla (?) There were lots of colorful lichens on the rocks surrounding the lizard as it surveyed me. Weekly Photo Challenge – … Continue reading Lounge lizard on lichens

Kingbird surveying his realm

This western kingbird distracted us while we were on a field trip looking for Swainson’s hawks and ground squirrels. Their bright color and bold personality forces you to take notice of them. You can see part of Fort Rock in the background on the left. To learn more about the cave with ancient artifacts near … Continue reading Kingbird surveying his realm

Water wise gardening: Growing more with less

Xeriscaping Have you ever seen a plant out in nature and thought to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could have that in my yard!” You can with water wise gardening. Well sometimes you can and if you include certain types of plants, you’ll benefit in several ways including: Saving $$$ on your water bill. Ensuring … Continue reading Water wise gardening: Growing more with less

Tales from an Oregon Wanderer: William L. Sullivan

On a warm night at the Sunriver Nature Center last summer, visitors packed the room and stood outside the door for a chance to listen to the guest speaker. Who were they waiting so eagerly for? Fifth-generation Oregonian and author, William L. Sullivan. There are many people that write about the wonders of Oregon, but … Continue reading Tales from an Oregon Wanderer: William L. Sullivan

My Mount St. Helens Adventure: FOWC

On May 18, 1980, a trip to help band golden eagles at the Yakima Canyon in eastern Washington turned into an unexpected Mount St. Helens adventure. The adventure begins I was part of the Young Adult Conservation Corps, working for the Washington Department of Game in Olympia, Washington. We spent most of our time in … Continue reading My Mount St. Helens Adventure: FOWC

Sand lily – High Desert Star: Friday Flowers

The sand lily, also known as the star lily, is a delicate perennial wildflower found in western North America. It grows in sagebrush deserts, open montane forests, and in sandy and rocky soils. The plant above is growing near sagebrush in an uncultivated part of my property near Bend, Oregon. There is only one plant … Continue reading Sand lily – High Desert Star: Friday Flowers

2018 Favorite Photos: LAPC

It’s always hard to pick favorite photos at the end of the year. Here are several representing nature, history, and culture. Enjoy and have a great New Year! Favorite Photos – Nature Favorite Photos – History Favorite Photos – Culture Maybe my most favorite photo from 2018… Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Photographic review of 2018