My friend Ricardo spotted this turtle at Luckiamute State Natural Area, north of Corvallis. The Oregon Parks and Rec Dept. is trying to determine whether this is a painted turtle or a red-eared slider. Please comment if you can help!
Widely distributed in a mossy area under evergreens
Very pale chanterelles found in the hollow of a tree with very little light.
Blue-staining slippery jack -- I'm pretty sure that's what this was. The blue staining was quick and very impressive.
Mysterious bug that landed on my knee at Tamolitch Pool on the McKenzie River Trail.
Purple lupines blooming on the ashy slopes of Mt. Hood in September -- gorgeous!
one western pond turtle basking on a log in the Western Pond at Luckiamute State Natural Area
sitting on a fern by the side of the Old Growth Trail in McDonald Forest
Second trip to Peavy Arboretum and both times I've seen a banana slug!
Growing along the sides of the Section 36 Loop Trail at Peavy Arboretum
saw many of them floating in a pond at Finley Refuge in Corvallis; glad I didn't eat one since apparently they're quite toxic