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Hello, all. I am new here, so this is my obligatory first post. I live in Oregon and have been an explorer and mountaineer most of my life. However, in recent years, I haven't had as much time as I would like to get out there on multi-day adventures, and have been limited to day trips around the PDX region. I am always looking to hear about any abandoned mines, ghost town updates, and abandoned buildings to photograph. I have been a rockhound most of my life, but only recently decided to add precious metals (namely gold) to my list of things to prospect for. Of course, I don't expect anyone to share their spots, but if anyone has any useful info in this regard, I'd love to hear it. I am hoping to make adventuring a more regular thing, including blogging my trips reports (which I intend to crosspost here).
I am also beginning my search for a better adventure vehicle, so am looking for suggestions there, as well. I have a knack for getting small cars into places they should not be (and even getting them back out again), but am definitely looking for something more rugged for my next purchase (I have experience with Subaru, Toyota, and Jeep, but it's been a number of years since I had anything with 4WD).
My dogs go with me everywhere, so they get their own intro. Mesa is the australian shepherd and D'Argo is the belgian malinois. Both are in training for scent work (mantrailing, nosework, and truffle/antler hunting) and backpacking, and D'argo is also learning to be my primary method of defense (the secondary being a gun, of course).
Many of us enjoy photographing flowers, but not many know exactly what they are called or how to identify them. After a while it gets annoying have label a photo as "pretty yellow flower" or "fluffy white wildflower." Fortunately there are a number of good to excellent sites on the internet to help with identification.
MyWildflowers.com offers one of the easiest advanced search tools: http://www.mywildflowers.com/identify.asp
Healthy Home Gardening also has a fairly easy search tool: http://healthyhomegardening.com/Plant_Identifier.php?m1=3
The USDA site: http://plants.usda.gov/java/
The Better Homes & Garden Plant Encyclopedia: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/
Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture: http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection.php?Page=plantkey.php
World Wide Flowering Plant Identification: http://www.colby.edu/info.tech/BI211/PlantFamilyID.html
Wild Flowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona & Utah: http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/index.htm
Sounds like the National Forest Service may start issuing fines if you take photos on "public" land. Read more here. What do you think?
Read more and view more photos here.
Seems an artist collects the dead animals and sets them up to photograph them. Kinda cool?
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