The Common Grackle is a gorgeous bird that is best appreciated up close like another bird would experience it. On this cloudy day it has a strangely intimidating look to it. When viewed face on in UHD it displays a total lack of color except for those yellow eyes with black pupils and can almost seem to disappear into the background. In sunlight it can appear iridescent with colors changing depending on the angle of sunlight striking it.
Dave Kunz grew up riding in the back seat of his aunt and uncle's 1965 Ford Mustang. Years later, Dave was lucky enough to be able to buy that same car from them. Whether it's the smell of the vinyl interior or the rumble of the 289 V-8 through dual exhausts, every bit of the driving experience transports him back to an earlier time, renewing his child-like sense of awe for the automobile.
Summer came early this week for 15 western pond turtles reared at the Oregon Zoo. With the help of volunteers and local wildlife agencies, the zoo returned the endangered reptiles to the wild at the Columbia River Gorge yesterday, just in time for World Turtle Day.