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Sep 18 2012

Karney Fire

Published by under Miscellaneous,Scenery,Trees

This afternoon I went up the hill and took this photo from our place. This fire started yesterday afternoon and was pretty much under control by nightfall. During the night it breached the fireline and spread. One hundred men and their equipment are fighting the fire. Planes are roaring overhead scouting and dropping retardent on the fire. If the flames should reach the ridge on the horizon they would be within a half mile of our ranch. This is a little too close for comfort!

 

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May 25 2012

Cascade Lake

Published by under Birds,Clouds,Scenery,Trees,Water,Wildlife

A view of Cascade Lake from the West Mountain road. This is Springtime and everything is so green. What prompted this photo was the Bald Eagle nest in the pine tree on the right about a third of the way down from the top near the left side of the trunk. With my binoculars I could see the top of the bird’s head above the edge of the nest.

 

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May 23 2012

Another Bluebird Photo

Published by under Birds,Trees,Wildlife

Here is another of my photogenic birds. While I was checking the contents of this Mountain Bluebird’s nest she kept perching within arms reach of me. Naturally I had to break out the camera.  She’s perched atop a Mountain Mahogany tree.

 

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Dec 01 2011

Autumn Leaves

Published by under Art,Miscellaneous,Scenery,Trees

The lawn under the maple tree was a mess with leaves so I got the rake and rounded them up. Maple leaves are one of my favorites. Their cleft edges are a sight to behold. In the fall after the first freeze their colour turns to yellow, red and brown. I gave Nature a helping hand here and arranged this display.

 

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Oct 24 2011

Autumn Colors

Published by under Scenery,Shrubs,Trees

On this cool, overcast, October morning I looked out the window at this colorful view. We may not have the entire landscape emblazened with fall color like the eastern U. S. diciduous forests, but we do have pockets of beautiful hues. Perhaps the dark evergreen background tends to enhance our western autumn colors.

 

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Jul 05 2011

A Home With a View

Published by under Birds,People,Scenery,Trees,Wildlife

Last Sunday I was accompanied by three ladies interested in my Bluebird Trail. We managed to monitor 62 of the 127 boxes on the route. We banded 46 nestlings. This trail is located in the Owyhee mountains along the Triangle road. Most of the nestboxes are mounted on juniper trees out of sight from the road.

The above photo was taken near Toy summit at the top of Bachman Grade. The box is mounted on a Mountain Mohogany tree near a pass overlooking the Snake River Plain. I call this box “a home with a view.” The lovely lady is Susie Thayer who was my chauffeur for the day. I am always happy to share “my bluebirds” with friends.

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Mar 21 2011

Hello Spring

Published by under Scenery,Snow,Trees

A view from my living room window taken on St. Patrick’s day. Three days before Spring sprung we had a light dusting of snow. This flocked the trees for a post winter scene.

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Jan 26 2011

Sunrise at Daggett Creek

Published by under Miscellaneous,Scenery,Snow,Trees

This is another photo taken from my front door looking down Daggett Creek. It is essentually the same subject as a couple of the previous photos. The big difference is  lighting and weather conditions. The sun burst was totally accidental, but it adds interest to the picture. My point here is if you don’t have the expertise necessary to plan these photos shoot many. I lack that expertise. There may be one that stands out above all the rest.

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Jul 21 2010

Glad I Wasn’t Here

Published by under Miscellaneous,Trees

I would not like to have been present when this activity took place. Evidence shows that lightning struck this tree during an electrical storm. The tree stands on a hillside with few neighbors. The bolt traveled down the trunk knocking a corner from a nestbox hanging there. A few chips from the box were located on the ground below and a larger piece was found some 15 feet away. Sap flowed freely from the wound as evidenced by the drippings on the box top. Luckily the box contained only an abandoned rodent nest.

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Feb 23 2010

My Own Backyard

Published by under Animals,Scenery,Snow,Trees

Here is a night photo, shot in my backyard. The spotlight highlights the bridge, oak tree and the ornamental windmill. No filters were used. The warm sepia hue is probably due to the incandescent  spotlight. If you look closely you will see animal tracks all through the new fallen snow. Several elk had been carousing around the yard a short time earlier.

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