September 10th, 2017. On a crystal clear night over the south Willamette National Forest, a waning gibbous moon displays 78% of its surface as it  rises over Westfir, Oregon.  This photograph was made using a Nikon D800, Gitzo carbon fiber tripod, Nikon 500mm f/4 P,  and Kirk Enterprise ball head. … continue reading »

Camp Cooking California Blue Mussels on the Oregon Coast

Sauteing freshly collected California Mussels (Mytilus californianus) with butter, scallions and garlic over a camp stove on the Oregon Coast. Be sure to avoid collecting mussels found on rocks near sandy beaches as wave action will ensure your delicacy is diminished by gritty sand when served. To avoid grit, find… continue reading »

Middle Fork Willamette River

March 15th, 2017 With the heavy rains of winter in Oregon’s Western Cascades comes the surface and subsurface movement of water through volcanic soil. This gathering of water begins to trickle into tiny forest rivulets and then creeks, until we see the raging torrent which has become the upper Middle… continue reading »

Surf Perch Fishing on the Oregon Coast

  Oregon’s powerful waves churn up sand and make a variety of foods available for the surf perch who call this tumultuous, high-energy environment their home. The diet of surf perch species commonly includes: shrimp, small crustaceans, amphipods, algae, small crabs, mussels, marine worms and mole crabs. Surf fishing offers… continue reading »

Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmatiea)

A small patch of Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmatiea) emerges from a moist gully alongside Salmon Creek in the Willamette National Forest.  The Giant Horsetail is a herbaceous perennial which reproduces both by spores and expansion of its rhizome. Often they are found growing in large dense colonies; with shoots growing… continue reading »

Oregon’s Beautiful Oneonta Gorge and Waterfall

Oneonta Gorge is a spectacular moss, lichen and fern clad slot canyon located on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge. With cliff walls towering some 150 feet to the forest above, the lower gorge has been cut by Oneonta Creek through layers of basalt flows dating back 25 million… continue reading »

Coho Salmon Returns Home to Spawn in Eagle Creek, Oregon.

A Fall run, male Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), has arrived at its natal stream and is making its way to the gravel spawning bed from which it was born.  After having spent between one and three years at sea, these anadromous fish begin their return journey to the clean-flowing freshwater… continue reading »