Crested Black Macaque Self-Portrait

Monkey See, Monkey Sue


Okay, it’s not a monkey, it’s a Crested Black Macaque. Specifically, Naruto. He famously took selfies – before selfies were really a thing – after stealing photographer David Slater’s camera. Who owns the images? Slater thought he did, but he lost that fight. And, strictly speaking, it’s not Naruto bringing the lawsuit. People for the…

Columbia Silk Moth, Hyalophora columbia, Payette Lake, Idaho

WC’s First Insect Post


WC’s late friend, Ken Philip, an avid lepidopterist, once accused WC of neglecting 90% of the animals on the planet by focusing on birds. It’s true. Insects, of course, represent by far most of the animals on the planet, some 6 to 12 million species. So now, 3,000 plus blog posts along, WC will finally…

Leslie Gulch, Owhyee Mountains, Oregon

Geology 101: Leslie Gulch


In addition to driving on stupidly dangerous goat paths, WC spent the weekend in the deeply dissected volcanic rock of the Mahogany Mountain Caldera, in the southeastern corner of Oregon, near the Idaho state line.. Leslie Gulch is actually inside that 15.5 million year old caldera, which is some 15 kilometers wide and 20 kilometers…

Yellow-rumped Warbler Dealing with the Snow, Malheur NWR

Late Spring Snow


A late spring snow can happen in the high desert of Harney Basin any year. It certainly did in 2017. Happily, WC and Mrs. WC had seen the weather forecast and had come prepared for the possibility: winter sleeping bags, the heavier tent, layers of fleece. The critters of the high desert, unhappily, do not…