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I really love having a garden in front of our house rather than a huge lawn. It’s so much more interesting to gaze at the iridescence of an iris rather than the sea of green stubby-bladed grasses full of weeds.

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We spent our Saturday riding the mountain bike trails at Alsea Falls just Southwest of Corvallis. The weather, trails, and flow were all perfect.  

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Oh, Alaska Air, you’ve taken us to such grand adventures in Alaska and Hawaii. It was a nice treat to have good light and a high enough shutter to practically freeze the props on this plain.

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PHOTOBOMBED. I was trying to get a nice photo of the Black-headed grosbeak when all of a sudden this house sparrow jumped in the way to hog what little limelight was left in this tree. What’s so special about the Black-headed grosbeak? They’re a migratory bird that is only in this area for summer breeding with Washington being their Northern tip before they head south again. Here’s the one good photo I was able to get of the black-headed grosbeak before the house sparrow decided Continue reading →