Our life's here consists of several things, hiking is a huge part of our life's.
Guy calls these "walks", long walks!
I admit I am not the fastest walker. To busy looking around I guess?
We started out where Guy is looking over there.
We have a spot we park the truck, head out.
We do not like bringing the dogs on this hike. Just to many things can happen and they easily could go right off the cliff, so they stay at home with the son.
There is something to be said about being on top of the canyon!
You can see for miles for one thing!!
You do need to be mindful of where you are stepping. There are very old cracks in the rock that go a LONG way down!!
Some of the big rocks just balance on other rocks.
You can see Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood and three fingers Jack from this advantage point.
There is even a waterfall at this time of the year!
Then, what you do not see very often at all is airplanes flying into the canyon!!
This pilot looked to be alone in his aircraft! I mean we could see right into the cockpit from our advantage point!
This last airplane looked to have passengers with him. Something visitors can do while in our area, go on airplane rides!
There was so many honeybees at the community garden I went to yesterday!
I was doing all I could to keep up with the honeybees and take other photographs.
This is on a squash flower and I gently pulled back on of the peddles to see what was inside.
Many bees were inside doing their thing!
The bee in question that got my attention had something on him (I thought at the time), so kept the lens pointed at it.
Only when I got home and started going through the photographs did I notice the bee did not have something on him, but had colored eyes.
I thought well, maybe the light was hitting the bees eye just right? Then I went to the next photograph, and the next.
I will post the photographs and let you see for yourself.
If you know what kind of species of bee this is, would you help this photographer out? I am just a tad bit curious now!! Found out , and more information in the photograph on mrsroadrunner.com this is a Green Eyed Bee Teddy Bear Bee Golden Hair Mortar Bee.
August 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM
We came across many of these caterpillars feeding on Nettle and some other plants.
I believe it was stinging nettle, however the plant it was feeding on was not the subject I was photographing.
These beautiful Caterpillars is what I was photographing.
The Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar is supposed to be the red/orange band with black ends, these are black banded with red/orange ends.
There sure is a lot of caterpillars on this planet! I must of looked through everything I could find about Oregon species, everything came up the Banded Woolly Bear Caterpillar.
The folklore on predicting the weather was rather neat to read. The amount of black on a Woolly Bear Caterpillar can predict how bad of winter a place is going to have. Folklore is fun, but does one really want to believe?
Some people are sensitive to these caterpillars, but rarely.As many of us know, they do not sting or bite.
The National Geographic has a nice article on them. The article talks of research done on insects who exhibit self medicating behavior. Claiming sick caterpillars taste change to whatever food will cure their sickness. Or something rather, go check it out!
These are the photographs I got of these Woolly Bear Caterpillars. There was quite a few of these at the place we were at!
August 23, 2011 at 8:38 AM