Central Oregon Waterways

posted on 4th of july, 2012

Central Oregon is considered the semi-arid High Desert, but it is not without rivers. There are three major ones, the Metolius, Crooked, and Deschutes. They all merge into the Deschutes at Lake Billy Chinook, a huge reservoir created by the construction of Round Butte hydrolelectric dam. Designated as the Cove Palisades, it is a recreation hot spot and scenic wonder with its towering canyon walls.

The Deschutes River originates in the Cascades, and flows through Bend, Oregon, on its way to the Columbia Gorge some hundred miles north.

The Crooked River twists its way around the base of Smith Rock, an eroding volcano or towering 500...

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Posted by FabioConcetta on July 11, 2012
Beautiful pictures, congratulations!
Posted by Toynutz on July 09, 2012
Thank you for all your positive feedback!
Posted by Thevegetable on July 09, 2012
I like your photo ..
especially the waterfall .. :)

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Western Thatching Ants (Formica obscuripes)

posted on 5th of july, 2012

On Dreamstime, there are 1456 images associated with ants. Grotesque and creepy as they may be perceived by some humans, ants are industrious and cooperative, each apparently knowing their role in maintaining the health of their community, something we humans could stand to apply to our own society.

Some photos are of real ants displaying typical ant behavior.

Others display considerable creative license.

Still others are flat out cartoony illustrations.

There are numerous images of carpenter ants, both realistic and imaginative.


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Posted by Laurasinelle on July 11, 2012
Nice! Thakns for sharing! Im impress with the ants hills!
Posted by Toynutz on July 09, 2012
Thank you all for your positive feedback.
Posted by Thevegetable on July 09, 2012
I like ants. because they are very strong and are always together .. :)

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Of Tortoises, Turtles and Terrapins

posted on 30th of july, 2012

Left: Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
Let's start with this picture of a red-eared slider, not a red-footed tortoise, and in fact not a tortoise at all. It's a turtle.
Left: Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)
What's the difference? Simple: Tortoises are terrestrial, meaning that they spend all their time on land, whether in the desert, the jungle or rocky hillsides. Turtles are aquatic or semi-aquatic, meaning that they have to spend all or a large part of their time in the water, whether it's a river, lake, pond or ocean.
Left: Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)
Terrapins are also turtles. The name is derived from the Latin term for turtle.
Left: Cooter
Cooters encompass...

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Posted by Toynutz on August 21, 2012
In case I hadn't mentioned, all tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises, and many turtles on Dreamstime are misidentified as tortoises. There is no such thing as a sea tortoise. It is a sea turtle. Tortoises are strictly terrestrial.
Posted by Toynutz on August 21, 2012
Seeing a photo of a turtle on its back suggests to me a dead turtle, which I find disturbing, so I can't in good conscience post such a picture.
Posted by Cbomers on August 11, 2012
Beautiful images! If you make a tortoise turtle collection , i think that is an excellent idea please see my contribution

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