mountain mahogany

Mountain Bluebird
Dad and I finally had a day we could get out and take my new four-wheeler for a ride. We headed in the hills south of Clark Canyon Reservoir to explore some new country. When we stopped near some mountain mahogany for lunch a male mountain bluebird popped up and gave me several shots.
Nikon D7100, Manual Mode, Tamron 150-600mm VC, F/6.3, ISO-250, ET 1/400, Focal Length 600mm, Hand Held Vibration Control on

Sneasel and Weavile Headcanons

(For @punkrockfever. Hope you enjoy!)

  • Owing to their natural speed and sneakiness, sneasels can be trained to pickpocket. 
  • In some areas of the world, sneasels and weaviles are dubbed as demonic servants, believed to scavenge the souls of wanderers and offer them up to the devil. Children are taught to pelt them with stones if they see them in the cities. 
  • Sneasels purr when they are content. They tend to show affection by nuzzling their trainer’s neck.
  • Albino sneasels, which boast white fur and pale feathers, are unique to the mountainous regions surrounding Mahogany Town. Such sneasels have thicker fur, longer bodies, and are diurnal. Because of this, they are not classified as dark, being regarded instead as pure ice types. They are rarely ever used by trainers, as they struggle to regulate their body temperature in milder climates and respond poorly to domestication.  
  • Weaviles will sometimes carve markings into walls and cupboard doors in order to claim territory and communicate.  As this behaviour is innate, it is incredibly difficult to train out of them.
  • Some trainers will buy claw guards for their weaviles and sneasels - translucent, glove-like coverings that stop them from accidentally ripping holes in every piece of furniture they climb on. Weaviles will sometimes protest to wearing these by biting the furniture instead. 
  • Although sneasels rely on sensitive night vision to hunt their prey, their eyesight actually deteriorates when they evolve. Instead, weaviles use the crest of feathers on their head, which has a curved formation and acts much like a satellite dish, to detect vibrations in the air and hunt prey both above and below ground.      

The Pine Forest Range, in northern Nevada’s Great Basin, is a rare and exceptional area of abundant streams and clear, cold subalpine lakes. Nestled in a cirque and fed by snowmelt and springs, these lakes are not only visually stunning but also possess an excellent trout fishery. The lakes are surrounded by a rare population of white bark and limber pines; stands of aspen and mountain mahogany are also found throughout the area. Fall brings out colors found in few other places in northern Nevada.  

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.


A hidden gem in America’s Pacific Northwest is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon. Called an amazing treasure, Cascade-Siskiyou covers more than 62,000 acres and is best known for the unique landscapes created by the convergence of species from the high deserts of the Northern Great Basin to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Coast. 

As BLM photographer Bob Wick said: “This area is a botanist’s dream where the Cascade, Great Basin and Coast Range-Klamath ecosystems come together. You can turn a corner and go from walking through a dense mossy red fir forest to sagebrush and mountain mahogany in a few feet.”

Pictured here are some of the stunning views from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, including the sun, full moon, Mount Shasta and Pilot Rock, all captured May 3, 2015. Photos by Bob Wick, mypubliclands.

|| Photo from @thetrifan || The most striking features of Leslie Gulch are the diverse nd often stark, towering and colorful geologic formations. The Leslie Gulch Tuff (consolidated volcanic ash), makes up the bulk of these formations. It is a rhyolite ash that erupted from the Mahogany Mountain caldera (a large volcanic depression which encompasses Leslie Gulch) in a series of violent explosions about 15.5 million years ago (text from || Image selected by @ericmuhr || Join us in exploring Oregon, wherever you are, and tag your finds to #Oregonexplored || #LeslieGulch #easternOregon #Oregon || via Instagram