Monday, August 29, 2005


Mga D'abalo

Sunday, August 28, 2005



This summer I've been focusing on spiders that live under and within white and yellow flowers. The Goldenrod Spider has a destinctive pink streak on its abdomen. I found them on the daisies, and on a purple flowered plant. I haven't seen any of them for several weeks.

Since then, I have found this kind of spider, which I've been unable to identify. The only spider with a similar appearance I've found in my reference books would have me living in the tropics instead of the Pacific Northwest. They've been on a whitish yellow flowering plant, and on the yellow roses.

I found the spider in the latest two pictures on Middle-Fork on the ground near the yellow rose bush. She was running around in the sun. There were a few rose petals from the next bush over on the ground. The spider would run up to one, climb on, and stay still for a few seconds - then rush off again. I placed a petal in her path and she climbed on. I carried her to a yellow rose, and snapped today's picture. A moment later, the spider scurried off the red petal into the yellow rose. I believe that spider's covering of dirt came from the bottom of the taxicab rose petal.

Friday, August 26, 2005



Melba Visits Mount St. Helens As She Erupts - 1/2 of Envelope 5 Rotated

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Yesterday I was wandering around west of Waldo Lake and found pinesap growing all over the place. I decided to take pictures of all that I encountered. I had stopped to rest, and glancing about I saw a clump growing maybe 10 yards away, right in a spot of sunlight. Lurching to my feet, I lumbered over, lay down next to them, and got the camera all set up. Then a bee showed up! Yikes! I took pictures very quickly, and this was the best shot. Best of the bee; I managed some excellent ones of the plant when the bee was around the backside - it kept crawling out of sight. I'm not real happy with any of the photos, but this one shows the bee clearly.

Here are some photos of Waldo Lake:

Waldo Lake And The Taylor Burn
Maiden peak, Waldo Lake, And Mt. Ray
View From Fuji Mountain

And the one Pinesap picture I've posted. I have much better ones waiting their turn.

And, most important news, the mosquitoes are no longer a bother up there on the crestline. It was a stunningly beautiful day in the wilderness.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Monday, August 22, 2005


Tsumo Tsostrongo Tears Telephone Book in Half

Friday, August 19, 2005


Thursday, August 18, 2005

sneak up and push you
into the neutrino stream
change you forever

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Lynax at the Extra Large Pizza Eating Contest - 1/2 of Envelope 4 Rotated

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Making A Splash at the Therapeutic Baths

Monday, August 15, 2005

Western Fence Lizard

Houdini, Great Hunter, caught this little critter and presented
it to the better half, no doubt dropping it before her and plopping down Sphinx like to soak up his due accolades. With a handy magnolia leaf and a bit of advice, the lizard scooted away from Houdini and was whisked out of reach.
The Middle-Fork image reveals it to have donated the end of its tail to the cause. If I see Houdini with a brand new lizard skin pillbox hat, I'll know for sure.

Western Fence Lizard in the San Diego Natural History Field Guide

Friday, August 12, 2005


Thursday, August 11, 2005


The Flurb Walks To The Thrash Trance Country and Western Concert

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Envelope 3
Remembering Nothing in Particular in a Flash


Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Design for Semtilliac Throne Room

Monday, August 08, 2005


The Amoeba Mosh Pit Band Disguised as a Traveling Salesman

Sunday, August 07, 2005


Indian-pipe is a very curious plant - according to Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon it lacks chlorophyll and acquires nutrition from the roots of a nearby coniferous tree, but it does not do so directly, but rather through a combination of plant roots and fungal filaments called a mycorrhiza.
I found these in the forest perhaps 100 feet from the Middle Fork Willamette twenty some miles upstream from Oakridge, nestled in among where a camp latrine had been.
These have a different appearance than in
photos I've found
around on the web, but reading further from PPN:

GENERAL: Flashy, waxy-white or pinkish perenniel, blackening with age, appearing in clusters of flowering, unbranched stems 5-25 sm tall.

I believe these are truly Indian-pipe. The nub at the end of the flower looks the same, and these, looking older, have perhaps already fruited. Hmm, more research
is needed.

Saturday, August 06, 2005


Ollie One-Wing Wears the Neuronet of Marzipan Emeralds

Friday, August 05, 2005


Thursday, August 04, 2005


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A more beautiful hymn I have never found
Than a tree in celebration of the ground

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Snedfest Makes Progress

Monday, August 01, 2005


Fatchbandit Teaches The Flurb To Sing

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?