Steller's Jay in Warner Mountains near Alturas, Modoc County, NE California
A Caspian Tern aloft at the Modoc Nat'l Wildlife Refuge in remote northeast California near Alturas.
The classic Tern Dive (plus 3 following pics) taken in high burst mode, 1/800 - 1/1000 sec. Modoc Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, CA.
He spots his prey....
He puts on the brakes then plummets....
...And up he comes with a nice wiggly breakfast!
Pelican at Goose Lake, eastern California/Oregon border
Delegates at a pelican convention, Goose Lake
"Old Perpetual", the only hot water geyser in the Pacific Northwest, at Hunter's Hot Springs Resort in the town of Lakeview, southeast Oregon
Old Perpetual comes to life like clockwork every 90 seconds and spouts to a height of over 50 feet.
A pronghorn antelope, the swiftest of North American mammals, capable of running at speeds of over 60mph. Taken at the Hart Mountain Nat'l Antelope Refuge, SE Oregon.
Mother and Fawn Pronghorn Antelope --- yes I know, not sharply focused..... :o)
Pronghorn Antelope and Hart Mountain, southeast Oregon.
Steens Mountain and wildflowers.
Steens Mountain Road running along the eastern rim.
Hey, it's not as if you weren't warned....The Ruby Mountains near Elko, northern Nevada.
Western images --- horse, farm, mountains...and barbed wire. The Ruby Mountains, northern Nevada.
Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Mountains --- the view upcanyon
Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Mountains --- the view downcanyon.
Along the road west of the Rubys --- A Mormon cricket.
Mule's Ears and Aspen along Camp Draw Trail access road, Jarbidge Mountains, Nevada
Macro of wildflower in the Jarbidge Wilderness, Nevada
Wildflowers along the headwaters of the West Marys River, Jarbidge Wilderness, Nevada
Too far away to make a bird ID....near my campsite along the West Marys River, Jarbidge Wilderness, Nevada
The Northern Goshawk, scientific name "Accipiter Gentilis", named for its nobility (gentilis) and ability to seize (accipere) its prey on the fly.
Defending its nest, the northern goshawk will charge recklessly, screaming all the while. Its eyes turn blood-red with seemingly murderous intent.
A goshawk calling to its mates --- or signalling for an attack?
Meadowhawk Dragonfly, Ruby Lake Nat'l Refuge, Nevada
Cliff Swallow, Ruby Lake Nat'l Refuge.
Beaver, Ruby Lake Nat'l Refuge.
Cormorant (Double-breasted?), Ruby Lake Nat'l Refuge.
"Boundry" Peak, Nevada's highest, on the Nevada/California border.
The result of driving on dirt roads in the Great Basin --- Armor-All, anybody?
A typical straight-as-an-arrow Great Basin highway --- US 6 near Tonopah, Nevada
Dust Storm in the Snake Valley, eastern Utah
Basin and Range --- Antelope Valley and the Deep Creek Mountains on the Nevada-Utah border