Friday, July 29, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Here is a Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus looking out from his perch. He is a typical flycatcher that darts out from a fixed perch to catch insects.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Here is another cute little bird. Some variety of a small Sparrow.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


The White-crown Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys is one of my favorite birds to photograph. I always look for them on my trips and I was successful in finding and photographing this one.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


I'm not sure what this bird is. I have some ideas but rather than misidentify it, it will go unlabeled. If anyone thinks they know just post on this blog what they think it is.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Here we have a Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus in a nice profile view.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Here we have a fine looking Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor showing off his Spring colors. They are common in wooded habitat near water, and where dead trees provide nest holes. They also nest in fence posts, barn eaves, and nest boxes, which this one has claimed.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Here are two American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis. The male is telling the female that she hasn't been granted landing clearance.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


This Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens shows that he too can stand on one leg.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Here is a classic image of a Western Gull Larus occidentalis. Showing off - facing the wind standing on one leg.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


I shot a lot of birds on this trip so I will start that series with this picture of an American Crow Corvus branchyrhynchos munching on a snake for breakfast - yummy!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Central Oregon Coast



We were at Yachats for two weeks and there was really only one day we had heavy rain. That did not stop us as we always go prepared with our Gortex and rain pants. Here is my partner in crime (Ellie) showing off her stylish rain ware.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


The beautiful Yachats Waterfall was the only waterfall that I found and shot on this trip. Bring your tripod, rain cover and waders if you hope to get a better shot of this lovely waterfall. While it isn't a long hike, you will be bushwhacking, scaling slippery slopes, crawling over a garbage pile and numerous fallen trees and wading through water to get to the base of the waterfall. I clung to the side of the cliff to get this side shot.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


The inside of a covered bridge is not that great to look at but it does make a nice place to get out of the rain. The entrance also makes a nice frame for this image.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Here is some more information about the Yachats Bridge. It is one of the shortest bridges in Oregon measuring at forty-two feet in length. The timber construction of this bridge is of Queenpost Truss style. The flared sides of the bridge result from the buttresses underneath the siding. The ribbon openings under the roof-line allow light to enter the inside, at the center of the bridge. Here is a side view of the bridge from the rivers edge.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Central Oregon Coast



While traveling around the back roads from Yachats I came across the North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge. This rustic covered bridge that spans the North Fork of the Yachats cost the county only $1,500 when built in 1938, and was the last covered span constructed by veteran bridge builder Otis Hamer. Located just seven miles from the salt water of the Pacific Ocean, this trim little bridge is one of the few to escape the "graffiti artists" so common in many other covered bridges.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


This is the inside of a first-order fresnel lens from the Heceta Head Lighthouse.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Can you imagine walking into this lighthouse for the first time in 1872 and looking up and seeing this view.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Central Oregon Coast


Of all the lighthouses that I visited the Heceta Head Lighthouse was in the worst shape. The good news is they are going to start a major renovation starting Aug 1, 2011. The bad news is it will be closed for two years until completed. This picture shows how bad it looks now, but the purpose of this image is to show the contrast of the round tower to the square building attached to it.