beach walks


I never get tired of walking on the beach with its ever changing moods.


Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. 
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac with Other Essays on Conservation from Round River

scratch one item on the wish list

I’ve always been completely, unabashedly jealous of folks seeing Sandhill Cranes in the wild. Sandhill_Cranes-0648

So I was beside myself when I managed to shoot this pair somewhere on the way to the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge. Little did I know what awaited me at the Refuge.

They are such magnificent wild birds and listening to their calls was a thrill.

There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.
Aldo Leopold

wild geese

For a closer look at the snow geese and others in the previous post…KNWR-0853

It seemed as though I had a shot of geese no matter which way I pointed the camera. I couldn’t miss no matter how excited I was.



I happened to catch this midair collision between a snow goose and several white-fronted geese.


Coming in for a landing with the sun lighting up the webbed feet.

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television. 
Aldo Leopold

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

This was right up there with one of the most magical sights I’ve ever experienced. KFWR-0733

At first it was hard to tell what the blizzard was from the distance.


Then it became clear that it was an incredible number of white birds (Snow Geese) circling in the air. Beauty, majesty and pure chaos whirling in the air.


I was awestruck at this amazing sight.


At times it very nearly blotted out the sight of Mt Shasta in the distance.

One of these days I’ll get around to reading the manual and perhaps figure out how to do video of this sort of show, but in the meantime, if you’d like a glimpse (you really need to watch the video to get the full effect of thousands of these geese taking to the air)!: CLICK HERE (and turn on full screen for the full effect!) :D

Cape Sebastian

Wild and wonderful south coastSebastian-1795This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. 
John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

air play

Just back from a fabulous camping trip down the south coast. There were some exciting moments. Caught a raven (or two) harassing a bald eagle. Also saw my very first black bear cub (probably a yearling), but he came crashing off a steep bank right in front of the van, scampered across the road and continued crashing down the rest of the vertical bank. Way too fast to even think about picking up the camera, much less taking a shot. So here’s a series that didn’t get away:

We pulled off at a turnout near Pistol River as a flock of migrating Brant flew by (upper right corner)-pistol_river-1827

The wind was so wild, it was blowing mist up from the heavy surf, creating a very hazy look as you see in the above shot.


I only managed to catch the bald eagle by itself in the first shot.eagle_ravens-1833

But then the raven showed up in the next frame.eagle_ravens-1835

Looks like the eagle had something to say about the annoying raven.

eagle_ravens-1839Then up popped a juvenile bald eagle into the picture. Not altogether sure of who’s doing what to whom…

You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can’t sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live.
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

waves of joy

A favorite activity -watching the waves roll in….DevilsKitchen-8931When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always. 
Mahatma Gandhi

Oregon’s South Coast

Looking North to Port OrfordPortOrford-9691

How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it 
Rasheed Ogunlaru

lacy rocks

I suspect this lacy pattern in the rocks was formed when the concretions dropped out. Check back to a previous post for an explanation of what concretions are.DevilsKitchen-1588In heaven, all the interesting people are missing. 
Friedrich Nietzsche


bald eagle update

Looks like the eagle pair is back to sticking around the nest again…


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