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 tales from an Oregon wanderer. 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 … Continue reading Tales from an Oregon Wanderer: William L. Sullivan

Look Up: Weekly Photo Challenge

Look up at the water pumping windmill at Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum in central Oregon. Daily post – Looking up

Norris Geysers – big & little: LAPC

We just returned from a trip to Yellowstone National Park and the Norris geysers were spectacular, as always. Some of the geysers are big and showy; others are small but still impressive. The picture below is of Steamboat Geyser. Gray stone, dappled with red and brown-colored rocks, surrounds the vent. In 2020, this geyser erupted … Continue reading Norris Geysers – big & little: LAPC

Special photos from 2020: LAPC & SS

It’s time to share special photos from the past year. Please enjoy this selection of nature, history, and art photos from Bend Branches. Nature Photos One day, while playing around with editing effects, this mirror image of autumn leaves sparked my imagination. I saw a woman wearing a crimson cape in the photo below. The … Continue reading Special photos from 2020: LAPC & SS

Sheepdog & pine basket: First Friday Art

To help celebrate the holidays this year, I’m sharing two pieces – a sheepdog & pine basket. I painted this Old English sheepdog on a rock for a friend. Doesn’t it look comfortable? This breed’s fluffy coat makes them appear much bigger than they are. I’m portraying this rock on a small pine needle basket … Continue reading Sheepdog & pine basket: First Friday Art

Petroglyphs & pictographs in Harney County, Oregon

In April 2019, I went on a field trip to see petroglyphs & pictographs in Harney County, in eastern Oregon. This is one of the many trips offered as a part of the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival. Our guides that day were Bureau of Land Management archaeologists, Scott Thomas and Carolyn Temple. One of … Continue reading Petroglyphs & pictographs in Harney County, Oregon

A garden of plenty: Homegrown Harvest Photo Challenge

Last year we started to create a new garden space in our backyard. After a lot of work, it’s looking like a garden of plenty now. This is how it looked several years ago when we bought the place. The house included a fenced dog run with a heated doghouse. Some of the beds in … Continue reading A garden of plenty: Homegrown Harvest Photo Challenge

Horsetail Falls View: Pull up a Seat & PFTW Challenge

Last fall we were treated to a beautiful Horsetail Falls view on an October day. We took a trip to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to see some of the sights. The Historic Columbia River Highway runs parallel to the river and takes you past several spectacular waterfalls, including iconic Multnomah Falls. You … Continue reading Horsetail Falls View: Pull up a Seat & PFTW Challenge

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

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

Words: A poem on Sticks and Stones

WordsSharp and cuttingSmooth and soothingColored by what surrounds them WordsForked and dividingFibrous and fortifyingDefined by what surrounds them WordsTangled and erodingTranquil and temperingEmbraced 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: Dramatic peaks & fall color

Indian Ford Preserve Field Trip 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 … Continue reading Indian Ford Preserve: Dramatic peaks & fall color

Finding Frémont Exhibit: Early Explorer of Oregon

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 Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend, Oregon to see their … Continue reading Finding Frémont Exhibit: Early Explorer of Oregon