Posted by: atowhee | July 31, 2016


Barred Owl calling outside our home about 1:15AM this morning.

Above Wennerberg yesterday:

be abuv (1280x960) be abuv2 (1280x960)In this view the bright sun seems to bleach out the bird’s back and wings. be paled (1280x960)A swallowtail. swltal2 (1280x960) swltal3 (1280x960)Pewee in shade with bright sun above the canopy, then another in bright sun. wpw in shade2 (1280x960)In this image you can discern the yellow underside of the lower beak. wpw in shade3 (1280x960) wpw in stretch (1280x960) wwp-two (1280x960)Shadows in the stream.  The North Yamhill River is hardly a creek at this time.  The slow-moving shallows form small pools between rills.  In the smaller pools were these fish, slender points of life.  Their shadows in the bright sun were far more noticable than the living fish itself.  As soon as they moved into shaded waters they disappeared from sight.fsh1 (1280x960) fsh2 (1280x960) fsh3 (1280x960)In one deep pool fish were upto four inches long.  The ones I photographed were all two inches or less.

In this season of sun trees are starting to drop leaves.  The year’s cycle of bud, leaf, green, photosythesis, leaf dropping, return to soil is beginning its annual terminus.leaf grndThis single sailing leaf will become mere motes of organic molecules long before it reaches the sea whence all we living things once came. leafloat (1280x960)On sun-burned days now the trees’ canopy is a glorious palette of green and gold, rimmed in sky blue.  From burning light to comforting shade the canopy affords a living mosaic of leaf and color, bright and night. Here looking up through maple and ash. some sunHere a maple with its green fingers spread out beneath bright sun and deepest cerulean.  Escher would faint with delight. some sun2Twins before the sky and solar intensity: oak on left, ash on right.  By December they will look almost identical in their winter bareness. twin trees

Wennerberg Park, Carlton, OR, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 30, 2016 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM.  10 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1, adult
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1, female
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  1

Peavine Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Jul 31, 2016 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM
8 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  3
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  1
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1


  1. Escher would faint with delight,” while Monet might leave us a beautiful impression.

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