The Troutlake Big Tree

The Troutlake “Big Tree”: Do you know of any big trees? This Ponderosa Pine near Troutlake, WA, is a dandy. Ralph Anderson (in picture), using  proper forestry technique, measured the circumference of this tree at 21 feet 10 inches. According to forestry technique the standard for measuring the lumber content …

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Mystery Sound

A golden bodied bird with black and white wings and a florescent scarlet head flew up from beside the road and perched on the branch of a small tree, daring me to take its picture before it flew away. My camera was ready, lying in my lap, and the driver’s …

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Singing on Dalles Mountain

The male western meadowlarks were singing on Dalles Mountain and I intended to record their song. The day was sunny but a little windy for optimal recording conditions. The birds were popping up from ground cover and landing on fence posts or barbed wire and giving poses that were impossible …

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Lolo Pass

The Oregon version of Lolo Pass offers some gorgeous views of Mount Hood. We are looking at the west face of the mountain from about six miles from the peak, almost close enough to reach out and touch.  To find the Lolo Pass road take Highway 26 east from Portland. …

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Savannah Sparrow

A Savannah Sparrow was perched roadside at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge yesterday,   4 June 2013, and singing so we recorded the song. The frequency is pretty high so we are calling this a hearing test. If you don’t hear it the track runs for about 45 seconds. Play …

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