Before I Leave Malheur

Luckily, not everything that happens in life fits into neat categories. So, as much as the English teacher in me likes to retell my trips in thematic units, it always turns out that some of my favorite photos don’t fit any of my preconceived notions.

I’d never seen a Solitary Sandpiper


at Malheur on my many trips, but this one was impossible to miss.

Nearly all the White-Faced Ibis


I saw on this trip were too far away are too deep in foliage to get a decent picture, but this lone ibis flushed right in front of my camera.

I go to Malheur to see birds, but on this trip I fell in love with these


two wildflowers


on my last stop before leaving for Tule wildlife refuge in Northern California.