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 Fort Rock 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 Fort Rock, you can … 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 a rock wall at this state historical monument. The dark desert varnish provides a nice … Continue reading Newspaper Rock – Ancient Messages in Stone

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!” 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 that your garden plantings survive and … 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

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

Tin Pan Alley Art in Bend

Seven artists featured in Tin Pan Alley The Tin Pan Alley Art “gallery” is located in a short alleyway in downtown Bend, Oregon. The alley features large pieces of art created with a variety of media. Some are 2-dimensional while others are more sculptural. Do you have a favorite among these wonderful pieces of art? … Continue reading Tin Pan Alley Art in Bend

Red fox in action: Lens-artists challenge

A lucky sighting of a red fox We saw this red fox in Yellowstone National Park in June of this year. This is the Rocky Mountain subspecies, Vulpes vulpes macroura. The red fox is not seen often in the park because they are nocturnal and they blend into their preferred habitats along the edges of … Continue reading Red fox in action: Lens-artists challenge

Little Lava Lake: The start of something big

Visiting Little Lava Lake Little Lava Lake is a small lake that plays a very big role in Oregon. Located in the shadow of Mt. Bachelor, this lake is the source of the Deschutes River. From here, the river winds and meanders to the Columbia River, 252 miles to the north. This river supports a … Continue reading Little Lava Lake: The start of something big

Art in The High Desert show 2017

Artwork shines at the Art in the High Desert show If you’re looking for things to do in Bend this weekend, go see the Art in the High Desert show. This juried arts and crafts show features works in a wide variety of media. Please help support the 115 North American artisans selected for this show by … Continue reading Art in The High Desert show 2017

Desert Bitterroot Oasis

Oasis Moment Oasis moments sometimes happen in the desert. While hiking to Chimney Rock near Prineville, Oregon, we came across a patch of bitterroot flowers. The small flowers burst forth from cracks in the sandy soil in shades of pink and white. The flowers are only about an inch and a half across. The plant is delicate … Continue reading Desert Bitterroot Oasis

Sticks & Stones

Words Sharp and cutting Smooth and soothing Colored by what surrounds them Words Forked and dividing Fibrous and fortifying Defined by what surrounds them Words Tangled and eroding Tranquil and tempering Embraced by what surrounds them

Desert Sky

Painted skies Sky. Where I live in central Oregon, it’s big and bold. The sky is rarely shrouded in shades of gray. Sunsets are painted with bold strokes of golds, pinks, and purples. Scattered clouds on sunny days are referred to as “beauty clouds” by the local weatherman. My daughter thinks they look like the … Continue reading Desert Sky

Indian Ford Preserve Walk

In late October I visited the Indian Ford Preserve, which is located several miles northeast of Sisters, Oregon, with Deschutes Land Trust (DLT) leader Kelly Madden. This is the flagship property of the group and it was purchased in 1995. Preserves are purchased outright, donated, or are protected through easement agreements with the owners. This property … Continue reading Indian Ford Preserve Walk

Finding Frémont Exhibit

If you type “John C. Frémont” into a search engine you will turn up places named after him in over a dozen states in the U.S.  So who was this guy and why were so many things named after him? To find out, I visited the Des Chutes Historical Museum in Bend, Oregon to see … Continue reading Finding Frémont Exhibit