Sunday, August 31, 2008

Deficient wipers

photo - Lexey Swall-Bobay

My wipers went out on me on the drive home the other day, not a good thing when living in Florida. So I had to sit on the side of the road until the rain let up, people are in a hurry no matter how much rain on a Friday, not to mention a Friday before Labor Day weekend. Later that night I joined some of the NDN crew out on a light painting mission, the bugs were bad so we spent the time in the car.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Into the rain

Still we drive...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Nature Conservancy Magazine - Fire School Spread

The Nature Conservancy Magazine asked for my contribution a couple months ago to a story they were doing on the Prescribed Fire Training Center (Tallahassee, FL). The article has now been completed and I would like to share it with you. I will be receiving some copies of the magazine to share with family and a few friends but the online version is pretty nice as well.

So check it out if you like.

The Nature Conservancy - Fire School

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Southern end of Harney County

I thought I better share some of the southern end of the area where I grew up in Eastern Oregon. I will post a few photos here, but make sure you check out the gallery for the rest.

Fish Lake

Looking down on the eastern side of Steens Mountain.

Kiger Gorge overlook

Malheur Cave

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SEAT drop video

Just playing around with some of my photo sequences, here's the photos of one of the SEAT drops.

Harney County, OR

Lot's of things to see here, and with us leaving soon we better check them out now. We took a tour of Diamond and Crane along the way we stopped at the Round Barn, and stopped at Bill Thew's shop.

Riddle Mt. in the background.

Teacher and student still.

Some of Bill's checkered flags.

More photos added to the gallery.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Air show

Sometimes you can get people in the way of the fire, so you have to call in air tankers.

A single engine air tanker (SEAT)

A heavy air tanker

Watching the rim

Friday night we got to witness some impressive fire activity. We were camped above this rim on a rock scab flat when the fire down below decided to make a run up slope after the winds died down. Here are a few photos;

The noise and the heat are indescribable

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A hapless visitor

This young coyote pup got more than he bargained for when he strolled through the refuge visitors' center this evening. A doe decided that the coyote was too close to her fawn so she chased it across the lawn and into one of the flower gardens, here are the photos.

Next time I will get a better photo...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Bikes, mules and fires

More pictures, more food, more family.

More photos at the Gallery

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A night out at the Narrows

The Narrows is an area just west of the refuge headquarters. It gets it's name because it's a narrow area between the two big lakes here in Harney county. It separates Harney and Malheur lake. The family along with some of the crew met there for dinner last night, here are some photos.

More can be found at the photo gallery.

The old man is the center of attention.

Mike just got back from fishing

Mike's fish

Wes and Billy

Mike just told a good one

Billy tries out Wes's bunny hunting couch.

Wes driving the Junk Yard Dog home

Driving past a hay field.