Just Another Nature Enthusiast

JANE’s Images & Thoughts 🌲 Inspired by the Pacific Northwest & places I wander

  • Humbled Heron

    Humbled Heron

    Great Blue Herons are often observed attentively hunting at the edges and in the waters of the wetland near our home. Loud, harsh calls often rattle the air when a heron ascends into flight with its massive wings spanned… beak piercing the air. I’ve taken many photographs during these times. But, every now and then, one of these impressively large birds rises above the watershed floor to perch for a…

  • Eight-Spot Skimmer

    Eight-Spot Skimmer

    Libellula forensis In the Pacific Northwest, this species is active from April to October and can be found in and around ponds, lakes, marshes or slow moving streams in low elevations. It prefers water with a vegetated edge. Eight-spotted Skimmers prey on insects and prefer mosquitoes, termites, butterflies, mayflies and other flying insects. They will mate in the air and the females proceed to lay their eggs in the water…

  • Mallard Bling

    Mallard Bling

    On a recent Spring rainy day… A Mallard pair left the pond for a stroll along the wetland edge and up our driveway. This is not a normal place for duck wanderings, so I grabbed my camera. The usual rule in photography: is focus on the eyes. But then I noticed… This girl’s got bling‼️ A series of shots focused on the hen’s ankle allowed me to piece together her…

  • Nature’s Cathedral

    Nature’s Cathedral

    Here I am… awestruck… consumed in the power and the glory of God. I believe in the omniscient force who understands the processes and cycles of the universe… Nature I feel no greater solace than when I place my faith in Her. Nature’s churches are not difficult to find… Standing under a rainbow arch, Kneeling beside a stream, Sitting under a canopy of trees, Walking along a beach, Gazing up…

  • One in a Hundred

    One in a Hundred

    I took at least 100 shots just like this one… waiting… anticipating… I have exactly ONE shot just like this… Patience, perseverance, and a vision came together… ”Nailed it!!” I could have started over… the leaf eventually recharged with another droplet. Mother Nature’s gentle process for suckling the forest floor with life-supporting moisture. Photos all created with my Nikon D-500 with Tamron 90mm macro lens

  • Nature’s Slug Control

    Nature’s Slug Control

    Who would think that a snail could help to control slugs in the garden?It’s a fact! And another good reason to work with Nature and to avoid applying pesticides.  We’ve been led to believe snails eat plants. Right? Not always… Here is a snail species I found in our nature habitat/ garden that is a carnivore. Can you believe that? I was very surprised to learn about the Robust Lancetooth…

  • Puddle Ducks

    Puddle Ducks

    Have you ever wondered how much water it takes to attract wild ducks? I didn’t. Until… ducks arrived at a small puddle of water on the other side of our fence. It’s a transient body of water that exists only during times of prolonged rain. And, it’s rather secluded, tucked between homes and a row of forest trees. Up to this point only neighborhood children looking for mud and laughter…

  • Snake Out

    Snake Out

    Northwestern Garter Snake Thamnophis ordinoides The Northwestern Garter Snake is perfectly at home at Beaver Willows. Proximity to the Glencoe Swale wetland provides the preferred habitat of this species: damp areas with lots of vegetation and open sunny areas.  The two snakes featured in this post were found in places where these critters like to hangout- near houses and also often found when moving boards, logs, or other object used…

  • Who’s That Hopping in the Driveway?

    Who’s That Hopping in the Driveway?

    Look who I saw hopping across the top of our driveway- an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. This species is the largest group of wild rabbits in Oregon. They were introduced as a game animal to several counties in northwest Oregon during the 1930’s – early 1940’s. This little rabbit was seen in habitat with components as described in Wikipedia: open grassy areas, forest edges, abundant green grasses and herbs, with shrubs…

  • They Are What They Eat

    They Are What They Eat

    How many species of finches are feasting on these Forget-Me-Not flowers? A red species, an orange species, and a yellow species. Three, right? Surprisingly, that would be the wrong conclusion. It turns out this trio is comprised entirely of male House Finches. How can this be? Male House Finches can be different colors because of what they eat. These seed and fruit eaters acquire their coloration from organic pigments known…

  • Trophic

    Trophic

    Nature in Her Wisdom Planned how to feed Her Creatures efficiently, without waste. Sustenance She organized… With natural logistics able to sustain All when uninterrupted. ~JANE Please click on first photo for light box. Witnessing the Barred Owl wait, capture, and consume a chipmunk was a very humbling experience for me to observe. In all honesty, my first reaction… when I knew the chipmunk would be caught… was absolute horror.…

  • Worm Moon and the Barred Owls

    Worm Moon and the Barred Owls

    March 29th, the night of the full Worm Moon, was cloudy with intermittent rain. The full moon peeked through for a short while, and occasionally illuminated thinning rain clouds. Weather conditions added an element of mystery to the duets sung by a pair of nearby Barred Owls. Their songs filled the forest and nearby neighborhood with a big sound consisting of hoots and garbled cackles. Take a listen… This video…