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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Camp Bonneville Bears

The Columbian recently ran a story about the clean up of the old army training grounds at Camp Bonneville in Washington. I was glad to read that a good portion would become a wildlife preserve. A couple years ago I recieved special permission from the army to set up remote cameras on the property and got some pretty cool shots of bears. One is a brown phase black bear taken in the dead of night (good thing too, the black ones don't show up so well in the dark).

The place is littered with un-exploded ordinance, some from the 1940's. I had to sign a waiver agreeing that I would not hold the US Army responsible for death or injury....

Not So Scary

Halloween has arrived, and in honor of the occasion, I am posting a few photos of one of my favorite bats from Oregon - the townsend's big-eared bat. I think the big ears make this bat especially charming. I made these images in a cave complex near Fort Rock.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Glow Little Glowworm, Glimmer, Glimmer

This is the time of year when a curious little glowworm begins to appear in the mountains along the Oregon Coast. This photo is actually about three years old, but it came up the other day when I recieved an email from a television producer looking to do a story about interesting nocturnal insects of Oregon. Before I took this image, I had no idea that bioluminescent insects could actually be found along the west coast, not to mention Oregon.

I took this photo in the region west of Corvallis, and it was not easy. These are actually female beetles (still in a larval stage) advertising their presence to their male counterparts, who fly about the night forest looking for the glow of the female. They are not easy to spot either. To find them I had to hike around the forest on an inky black night, without any lights, and in a cold rain. Their glow is somewhat faint, so even moonlight sparkling in dew can be enough to make them difficult to spot.

They have interesting hunting behavior as well. Their bodies are designed to crawl into the spiral of a snail shell and devour the occupant. Yum!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Check out these slippery dudes

Slender-toed salamanderPacific Giant Salamander (terrestrial)
Pacific Giant Salamander (neotenic adult = aquatic)
Rough-skinned newtNorthwest Salamander

Got a request from an editor yesterday for salamanders. I had to dig into the film archive and do a little scanning – It reminded me how many images I have in the old film file. Since I started the digital catalog over two years ago, I have had my hands full editing and cataloging the many new images I take, and I have had little time to even think about transferring the entire film collection into digital. I have taken the time to scan some of my previous best sellers, but i know that many images will simply be left behind in the dark drawers of the file cabinet.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Husband, Father, Student Of Natural History, Photographer