Just Another Nature Enthusiast

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

  • New Neighbor- Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

    New Neighbor- Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

    Eastern Cottontail Rabbits were introduced into Oregon as game animals from the mid-west in the 1930’s to early 1940’s. First released in Benton County, Eastern Cottontails have spread at least through the mid-Willamette Valley. I’m happy for the opportunities they are now providing for me in Washington County to take aim with a camera in nature photo shoots. Eastern Cottontail Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk. That is…

  • Life’s Just a Tree Full of Cherries

    Life’s Just a Tree Full of Cherries

    By all appearances, that’s how American Robins seem to view life each summer when the wild cherries ripen. All levels of the tree host daily visitors to its fruit-laden branches. Robins’ feeding fervor remains in top gear from the first red cherry to the last. As their youngsters watch… parent robins show them how to pluck ripe fruit… and demonstrate how to swallow the prized edibles… whole! In bird world……

  • Caught Off-guard

    Caught Off-guard

    Nature has a way of catching me off-guard with Her beauty. This Nootka Rose was rather lack luster in the shade. Then , a gentle breeze set the flower into a lovely dance… in and out of the sun shining diffused light from the West. Petals illuminated into a translucent skirt. I love the beautiful surprises Nature gives without a moment’s notice… don’t you?

  • 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…

  • I’m Not the Big, Bad Wolf Spider 🕷

    I’m Not the Big, Bad Wolf Spider 🕷

    See that little white egg? It caught my attention while gardening, and led to a new appreciation for… SPIDERS🕷 Specifically, for a species known as- Wolf Spider Hogna aspersa. Although this spider looks scary… I’ve learned that none of the members of the Wolf Spider species are dangerous to humans. In fact, Wolf spiders play an important role in natural population control of insects and are often considered “beneficial bugs”…

  • 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…

Curious by nature?