Just Another Nature Enthusiast

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

  • Beach Combing | Opposites

    Beach Combing | Opposites

    Most of the time beachcombing involves looking for small treasures that wash up along the shore. However… that was not the case during this little jaunt to the beach. I was searching on a much grander scale for things that were totally different from or the reverse of something else. The following images reveal the outcome of my search for concepts that demonstrate this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge… Opposites. Thank…

  • September Smoke

    September Smoke

    Warnings alerting the public were issued across media platforms. The goal? Health and Safety Warning and Wild Fire prevention Friday night, September 9th The Harvest Moon was viewed in a fairly clear sky. Moon craters and surface features appeared near-crisp through a zoom lens. Saturday, September 10th Smoke apparent throughout Willamette Valley and I-5 Corridor. Eerie sunset peeking through the wetland forest edge. View of sunset behind the Coast Range…

  • Low-light … detours

    Low-light … detours

    I missed the shot I wanted.* It was moments after sunset, and the light was all wrong for the long zoom lens on my camera. But, me being me, I was not willing to go in empty cameraed… So I switched to manual and pushed a few settings and adjusted to my mental calculations about the light. I’ve been using mostly aperture and shutter speed settings lately… and didn’t have…

  • Look Out!! Yellow Jacket Season

    Look Out!! Yellow Jacket Season

    I am not surprised to learn…Yellow Jackets are at their population peak in the late summer and early fall. This is when nests can have populations of 2,000 to 4,000 worker yellow jackets (all female), some drone (male) yellow jackets and up to 50 queens at once. The workers will soon start dying off until late in autumn when until the nest population is reduced to a small number of…

  • Spotted Bee Balm

    Spotted Bee Balm

    Spotted Bee Balm, a native Eastern Canada and Eastern United States plant, is not the showiest flower around- however, it attracts bees, moths, and hummingbirds, as well as beneficial predatory wasps that can help reduce grubs and pest populations.  We purchased this plant before it bloomed and were surprised by the shape and color of the blooms. It’s been quite interesting to observe. One downside for us though, is that…

  • Favorite Finds

    Favorite Finds

    Forecasting Fall… If we pay attention, Mother Nature sends clues that She is gearing up for a change in season. A parade of my favorite fall arrivals is starting to march through our garden. Getting a viewing spot along the parade route early is helpful… none of these special visitors is destined to stay. The following images celebrate first sightings of some of my favorite Fall forecasters. These critters are…

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