Just Another Nature Enthusiast . . . One Year Anniversary

I’m looking back on my first blog post… written exactly one year ago today. Not bad for a first attempt at putting photography and words together… but, I think you will agree with me-

It lacks in the personality department.  No voice… just the facts ma’am. 

365 days ago, a vision for my blog was sketchy. I knew Nature was the focal point, but how I’d identify topics and organize ideas was driven by a belief that clarity would come with practice, patience, and perseverence.

Trust in that belief is working. A year ago, I could not have fathomed how what I learned in my Oregon Master Naturalist studies, discovered in chats with environmentally-focused people in our city and State, and photographed on travels to Oregon State Parks and National Wildlife Reserves would guide me in finding a voice for my blog.

I love the discovery that writing in a blog is not done in a vacuum. The community of people I’ve come to know this year… all of you… provide a global lens for me to appreciate perspectives and understand what’s happening in the world with far more richness and honesty than I think I could achieve through the news-media alone.

Thank you for reading my blog, commenting, liking, and following…

Here’s looking forward to year number two,

 J ust

Oregon/California Ecoregions- 


Location: This physically and biologically diverse ecoregion occurs between the Cascades and the Coast Range in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon.

Climate: The ecoregion has a mild, mid-latitude Mediterranean climate, marked by warm summers with a lengthy summer drought period, and mild winters. The mean annual temperature ranges from approximately 5°C at higher elevations to 14°C in valleys and in southern parts of the region. The frost- free period ranges from 90 days at high elevations to 240 days or more in lower, warmer areas. The mean annual precipitation is 1,438 mm, ranging from about 500 mm in low dry areas to over 3,000 mm on the wetter high mountains.

Vegetation: The region supports a vegetal mix of northern Californian and Pacific Northwest conifers and hardwoods. Mixed conifer forests feature Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, tanoak, Jeffrey pine, Shasta red fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, chinkapin, canyon live oak, and, in some lower areas, chaparral and western juniper. Oregon oak woodlands consist of Oregon white oak, madrone, California black oak, ponderosa pine, and grasslands.

Hydrology: There is a high density of moderate to high-gradient streams and rivers. Rivers are often deeply incised in canyons; most flow westward. Major rivers include the Umpqua, Rogue, Illinois, Klamath, Trinity, and Eel. Some glacial lakes are found at high elevations in the California portion of the region.

Terrain: Landforms are rugged, highly dissected and deeply dissected mountainous terrain with steep slopes. Along with the folded mountains, foothills, terraces, and floodplains also occur. Elevations range from about 120 m to over 2,600 masl. The region contains diverse and complex geology and soils. Paleozoic and Mesozoic marine sandstones and shales, granodiorite, gabbro, and other intrusive rocks, and volcanic rocks occur. Ultramafic parent material and soils with scattered areas of serpentinitic soils occur and influence vegetation patterns in some areas. Inceptisols and Alfisols are common, with mesic and frigid soil temperature regimes and xeric and some udic moisture regimes

Wildlife: Black bear, Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, cougar, bobcat, coyote, river otter, beaver, California ground squirrel, peregrine falcon, osprey, red-tailed hawk, northern spotted owl, California quail, anadromous fish, numerous reptiles, various salamanders and other amphibians are to be found.

Land Use/Human Activities: Forestry, recreation and tourism, some ranching and grazing predominant, along with hay, pasture, and some truck farming in valleys. A few mining areas exist. There are also large areas of national forest land or other public land. Larger cities and towns include Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Yreka, and Weaverville.

Ecoregion Facts:
Commission for Environmental Cooperation; North American Terrestrial Ecoregions—Level III; April 2011.
Photos taken in October 2013 along highways-
Original Photography:
88x31Just Another Nature Enthusiast Photography by Jane Wilson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


  1. Happy Blogging Anniversary to you Jane. I’m happy to have discovered your blog! I too love the blogging community, and am beyond amazed at the number and variety of blogs that are active and thriving. I feel, though, that there are not so very many, focused on the natural world, making this discovery (for me) all the better!

    1. Hello Kathlin-
      I am delighted you stopped by to visit my blog. This gave me the path to your blog. I believe we have kindred spirits when it comes to feelings about blogging and the natural world. I popped in on your blog and am impressed what I saw in just a moment’s glance. I will go back to spend some more time exploring your posts and giving a follow. Agreed, it is a treat to find natural world-focused sites <3

  2. Hi Jane, Congratulations on a year of blogging. It can take persistence to carry on sometimes. I hope you have felt as rewarded by the experience as your readers.

    We were recently on the west coast, in Vancouver. The ocean! The mountains! Your side of the continent is beautiful.

    1. Hi Sheri-
      Oh, yes, Vancouver would be a great city to spend some time! I’ve only been there briefly on the way home from Victoria.

      Thank you for your kindness and congrats. Your comment is heart-warming. Looking forward to continuing our blogging exchange.

  3. Congratulations on the first year! I enjoyed the pictures of the Klamath Mountains. I read “The Klamath Knot” years ago and have always wanted to see the place for myself. One of these days …

  4. With summer lasting anywhere between three and ten months, and one neighbourhood getting six times the rainfall of another, I can see why Klamath is such a diverse ecoregion. Nice summary.

    Anyway, Happy Blogiversary!!! There’s something organic about blogging; we send out a little shoot here, a leaf there, a blossom or two, until our blog starts taking on a recognizable form. (I think mine is a slightly leggy houseplant with shiny pink and green variegated leaves and double flowers of either lemon yellow or sky blue — both disarming and zany.) And we set our blog in a sunny windowsill alongside a few other blogs so it won’t be lonely, and water them all with comments, and enjoy them every time we walk by. Happy, happy.

    And now your blog has made its first trip around the sun — congratulations!

    1. I didn’t think in those specific terms… I wonder which plant my blog takes after? I certainly hope not a noxious weed!!
      After a little jaunt over to Wikipedia, I like the notion of emulating the Red Alder-

      “As pioneer species in moist forest areas Red Alder will rapidly cover a former burn or clearcut, temporarily preventing the growth of conifers but also improving soil fertility for future growth of conifers. It is a prolific seed producer, but the seeds require an open area of mineral soil to germinate, and so skid trails and other areas disturbed by logging or fire are ideal seedbeds. Such areas may host several hundred thousand to several million seedlings per hectare in the first year after landscape disturbance (Zavitkovski & Stevens, 1972).”

      It seems a good goal to think about the disturbances Earth is experiencing in its ecosystems, to anticipate an initial state of denial many initially have, and hope that through learning and sharing ideas about Nature, this blog can provide little bits of fertilizer necessary to grow environmental understanding, acceptance, and planting of ideas that will solve our ecological woes…

      You are a dear, Dandyknife, I will think on this some more.
      Does Red Alder seem fitting for this blog?

      1. Growth from disturbance… strength in numbers… the pioneer spirit… enriching the earth for future generations… I like it, Jane! Sounds like you’re onto something. I like the way alders tend to be fairly unassuming trees, easily overlooked at first, but once you recognize their “cones” you can point them out as they gather for a picnic by the pond or line the path along the lakeshore, observers and guardians of well watered lands. — Hang on, didn’t you recently photograph a beaver in your front yard? Definitely onto something.

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