Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mama & Papa & Jasper & Nico (Unplugged) / JULY 4 - 14 2015

For 11 days in July we packed up the wagon and hit the road in an attempt to avoid summer fireworks, the bustle of everyday life, and a Willamette Valley heatwaveWe camped every night, save for one. We turned off our smartphones (or kept them on airplane-mode to take photos) and unplugged from the rest of our lives. What we plugged into were beautiful parts of Southern Oregon and Northern Nevada. We were rewarded by dramatic desert thunderstorms, relaxing soaks in hotspring pools, slides down giant dunes, encounters with more wildlife than we could identify, and more stars than we could count. We were also blessed with dozens of mosquito bites, a flat tire, toddler temper-tantrums, being hit by another car, and a scary drive across a massive playa as it slowly tunred into a lake during a surprise rainstorm. These occurrences however, only served to make the trip more memorable in the long run. Most importantly, we experienced all of it together.. just the four of us. I am a lucky man to be able to share in such adventures with such an amazing family. 

images captured by Emily and Jesse using Canon G12, Lumix DMC-TS5, and iphone

a stoked kiddo!

Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn!

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Fort Rock
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Plush, Oregon

looking down on the Warner Wetlands (not-so wet this year)
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Drummond's cinquefoil (I think)
Potentilla drummondii)

Cookin' with Mama!

Hydaspe Fritillary
(Speyeria hydaspe)

pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) mother and fawn

Petroglyph Lake
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Mariposa Lily
(Calochortus macrocarpus) 

dawn at Hart Mountain Hot Springs

desert paintbrush
(Castilleja chromosa)
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Red-tailed Hawk
(Buteo jamaicensis)
Flook Lake

pickin' jasper w/ Jasper

a beheaded passerine

Frenchglen, Oregon

Frenchglen is skeeter country

Wilson's Snipe
(Gallinago delicata)
Sandhill Crane
(Grus canadensis)
Eastern Kingbird
(Tyrannus tyrannus)
California Quail
Callipepla californica)

Malheur Wildlife Refuge
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(Anas platyrhynchos)
Black-necked Stilt
(Himantopus mexicanus)

mule deer
(Odocoileus hemionus)

Page Springs
western columbine
(Aquilegia formosa)
 sticky purple geranium
(Geranium viscosissimum var. viscosissimum)
misty East Steens overlook (seeming very much like the Emyn Muil)

Big Indian Gorge

Chipping Sparrow on the nest
(Spizella passerina)
(Calochortus macrocarpus) 
Chipping Sparrow fledgling

(Calochortus macrocarpus) 

Big Indian Creek
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redband trout
(Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdnerii)

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Little Blitzen Gorge (click to embiggin pano)

(Eriogonum spp.)
mountain mahogany
(Cercocarpus ledifolius)

having a blast

Wildhorse Lake overlook
storms clouds
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Jasper on the summit of Steens Mountain

happy campers

Riddles Brothers ranch

South Steens feral horses 

Alvord Desert
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storming on the playa

the playa after the storm (we almost got stuck)
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Willow Creek hotspring

playa mud

running chukars

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

American White Pelicans
(Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

lands between

Golden Eagle
(Aquila chrysaetos)

Lofton Reservoir

entering Crater Lake National Park
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yellow-pine chipmunk
(Tamias amoenus)
Crater Lake
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10 years bigger
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western mountain aster
(Symphyotrichum spathulatum)
Clark's Nutcracker
(Nucifraga columbiana)

Wizard Island
golden-mantled ground squirrels
Callospermophilus lateralis)
nosey... and apparently used to being fed
(didn't get any from me though)

Roosevelt elk
(Cervus canadensis roosevelti)
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American Goldfinch
(Carduelis tristis)
Tree Swallow
Tachycineta bicolor)

Oregon Dunes

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Olive-sided Flycatcher
(Contopus cooperi)
we kept well away from the nesting areas

Florence, Oregon

Western Gulls (I think)
(Larus occidentalis)

Heceta Head Beach

Common Murres
Uria aalge)

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We identified 125 species total while on this trip. I added Bobolink to the life list. 

Bird Species - 103 identified

American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Canada Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Prairie Falcon
Greater Sage-Grouse
California Quail
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt
Spotted Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
Western Gull
Black Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Murre
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Short-eared Owl
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Belted Kingfisher
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Gray Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-brested Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Canyon Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Sage Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Cassin’s Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Mammal Species - 18 identified

Mountain Cottontail
Pygmy Rabbit
White-tailed Jackrabbit
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Yellow-bellied Marmot
Eastern Fox Squirrel
California Ground Squirrel
Belding’s Ground Squirrel
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
Least Chipmunk
Yellow-pine Chipmunk
Northern Pocket Gophers
American Badger
Roosevelt Elk
Mule Deer
Feral Mustang

Herps - 3 identified

Western Fence Lizard
Pacific Chorus Frog
American Bullfrog

Fishes - 1 identified

Redband Trout


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