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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/8/anthony-lakes-and-elkhorn-crest-trail Wed, 01 Sep 2021 00:55:11 GMT
Photographing a forest with a flash https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/6/photographing-a-forest-with-a-flash Macro photos on a hike using an off camera flash:

And then, below, a couple on the drive home without flash.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/6/photographing-a-forest-with-a-flash Wed, 23 Jun 2021 02:39:36 GMT
June adventures from Umatilla National Forest to Hells Canyon and beyond https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/6/june-adventures-from-umatilla-national-forest-to-hells-canyon-and-beyond Mountain Kittentails (Synthyris missurica)

Grass Widows (Olsynium douglasii)

The Umatilla Rim trail.  The view from the Umatilla Rim trail.  Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

A butterfly on Red Columbine. 

Rocky Mountain Clearwing (Hemaris thetis) taken with cell phone

A rattlesnake on Hells Canyon Road.

The view from the visitor center. Taken with a cell phone. 

Waking up to a foggy 4Runner window at the Ollokot campground. Taken with cell phone.

The cloudy view at the Hells Canyon overlook.

The Buck Creek trailhead.

Pine tree pollen in a mud puddle.

A Columbian Ground Squirrel.

Spittle bugs.

Sunset over Hells Canyon.

Sunset shadows in Hells Canyon.

A Whitetail deer and her twin fawns. 

Sacajawea Peak seen from Hurricane Creek trail in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Geological formations in the cliffs along Hurricane Creek.

Fairy-slipper orchids (Calypso bulbosa) along the Hurricane Creek trail.

Tracy and me hiking Hurricane Creek. Cell phone selfie. 

A Fairy-slipper orchid at Horseshoe Prairie in the Umatilla National Forest.

The Umatilla Rim trail as it passes through Horseshoe Prairie. 

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Hells Canyon Umatilla National Forest wildflowers wildlife https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/6/june-adventures-from-umatilla-national-forest-to-hells-canyon-and-beyond Tue, 15 Jun 2021 20:52:37 GMT
June 2021 Walla Walla Lifestyles tearsheets https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/june-2021-walla-walla-lifestyles-tearsheets

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/june-2021-walla-walla-lifestyles-tearsheets Mon, 31 May 2021 18:50:10 GMT
Scenes from Zumwalt prairie and the Wallowa mountains https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/scenes-from-zumwalt-prairie-and-the-wallowa-mountains

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/scenes-from-zumwalt-prairie-and-the-wallowa-mountains Sat, 29 May 2021 22:27:30 GMT
Ladd Marsh during bird festival weekend https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/ladd-marsh-during-bird-festival-weekend Some of the closed areas are open during the bird festival.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/ladd-marsh-during-bird-festival-weekend Mon, 17 May 2021 19:51:55 GMT
Ladd Marsh and Spring Creek https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/ladd-marsh-and-spring-creek

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/ladd-marsh-and-spring-creek Tue, 11 May 2021 22:25:11 GMT
Bennington Lake owlets and other wildlife, scenes https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/bennington-lake-owlets-and-other-wildlife-scenes

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/5/bennington-lake-owlets-and-other-wildlife-scenes Fri, 07 May 2021 19:39:07 GMT
Hiking the North Bluffs trail at White Bluffs on the Hanford Reach, Washington https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/4/hiking-the-north-bluffs-trail-at-white-bluffs-on-the-hanford-reach-washington

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/4/hiking-the-north-bluffs-trail-at-white-bluffs-on-the-hanford-reach-washington Mon, 26 Apr 2021 18:39:09 GMT
From Ladd Marsh to Mill Creek https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/3/from-ladd-marsh-to-mill-creek Random snaps from various adventures.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/3/from-ladd-marsh-to-mill-creek Mon, 15 Mar 2021 07:14:41 GMT
McNary Wildlife Bird Refuge at Burbank, WA https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/2/mcnary-wildlife-bird-refuge-at-burbank-wa

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Birds McNary Refuge Wildlife https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2021/2/mcnary-wildlife-bird-refuge-at-burbank-wa Tue, 02 Feb 2021 05:12:48 GMT
Fall 2020 adventure snapshots https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-2020-adventure-snapshots

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-2020-adventure-snapshots Wed, 21 Oct 2020 04:16:40 GMT
Vacation 2020 to Wyoming https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/10/vacation-2020-to-wyoming

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/10/vacation-2020-to-wyoming Wed, 14 Oct 2020 01:37:34 GMT
Labor Day Weekend 2020 https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/9/labor-day-weekend-2020 We spent some time in the Blue Mountains at Jubilee Lake and Spring Creek.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/9/labor-day-weekend-2020 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:02:09 GMT
Bumblebee survey trip to the Blue Mountains https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/7/bumblebee-survey-trip-to-the-blue-mountains

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/7/bumblebee-survey-trip-to-the-blue-mountains Tue, 28 Jul 2020 04:37:08 GMT
NEOWISE comet and the ISS https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/7/neowise-comet-and-the-iss Photos of the NEOWISE comet as seen from Jasper Mountain in Washington state.


At twilight with the nucleus visible. 

After twilight with the tail detail.

And then the ISS flew over with the Milky Way in the background.

The next night I tried looking at it with my telescope from my backyard in Walla Walla.

Self portrait doing what I love.

NEOWISE headed for a tree.

Like an ornament touching the tip.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/7/neowise-comet-and-the-iss Sat, 18 Jul 2020 07:48:49 GMT
A day in Walla Walla https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-day-in-walla-walla On assignment with the Union-Bulletin.

Looking for life outside of virus fear.

Here is what I found: upgrading one of our main streets, university students at leisure in our parks,
a father and daughter day on the track, and more.

It was a good day.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/3/a-day-in-walla-walla Thu, 05 Mar 2020 03:18:24 GMT
The 2020 Flooding in Walla Walla https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/2/the-2020-flooding-in-walla-walla

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2020/2/the-2020-flooding-in-walla-walla Thu, 13 Feb 2020 20:42:38 GMT
Late Season 2019 Adventures https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/12/late-season-2019-adventures

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/12/late-season-2019-adventures Tue, 24 Dec 2019 03:26:16 GMT
Bumble Bee Surveys for Xerces Society https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/10/bumble-bee-surveys-for-xerces-society For the past two years I have been doing Bumble Bee surveys for the Xerces Society's project, Bumble Bee Watch, to help them collect data on bees and their habitat. This is a citizen science project that has been really fun and rewarding. 

The project has been broken up into 400-square-mile adoptable grids in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. My grid is in the Umatilla National Forest. 

Using Google Maps satellite view I zoom in to select an area that looks like good habitat. In this case it is open grassland surrounded by pine forest.  

I then draw an approximately 2.5 acre boundary using Google Maps polygon tool. The tool will tell you the area of your shape as you draw it. I normally draw it over the satellite view but am using the map view here so you can see the shape more clearly. I save this map to my phone, make it available offline and then when on site I can use it to tell if I'm within my survey boundary.

I load up all of my gear and head into the mountains. My survey area often requires four wheel drive and high clearance. 

I make sure to obey all national forest laws regarding off road driving and wilderness boundaries for the area that I'm in.  This is where I set up alongside the main forest road.

I bring a load of supplies including a net, vials and a cooler. I get my specialized supplies from BioQuip

I number a bunch of vials and put silica packs in them. 

I then use a wind meter (This link goes to Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate and receive
commision on referred sales.) to record wind speed and air temperature.

I then scout the area for where the bees are. This field had thousands of them. 

Each survey should last 45 minutes total survey time. I use a stopwatch on my phone and start the timer as I walk the survey area. Once a bee is found the clock is stopped until the bee is collected and I am ready to start looking for the next one.

 

I photograph the numbered vial next to the host plant the bee is captured on. Each submitted bee must include the host plant.

Bees are then put on ice to put them in a sort of hibernative state which makes them easier to work with.

The silica pack keeps moisture from condensing inside the vial. If moisture condenses the bee's hairs become wet which makes it more difficult to identify them by their markings. 

This is my camera setup with a macro lens, an extension tube and a flash with diffuser. 

I place the chilled bee on a 2mm graph paper to photograph.  The bee will be inactive for a couple minutes until it warms up and flies away unharmed.

To properly identify a bee it requires three angles. The side, top down and face of it.   Bumble bees can detach their wings from their wing muscles and vibrate. This is used mostly for a process called vibration pollination as a specialized way to extract pollen from flowers with encased stamens. They can also produce body heat this way. Here is a short video of a bee warming itself and flying away after being photographed.

After I'm done collecting and photographing the bees and plants I download the photos to my computer and begin organizing the files per bee. 

Every flowering plant in the 2.5 acre survey area must be identified regardless of bees being seen on them.

Once I've organized all of my files and identified all of the plants I begin uploading the data to Bumble Bee Watch. I do my best to identify the bees but thankfully it is reviewed by a scientist who either confirms the identification or corrects it. I do the minimum of two surveys per season but try to do as many as possible. The first year I did five. With driving time, doing the survey and processing and entering data each survey can take up to 10 hours of time. 

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/10/bumble-bee-surveys-for-xerces-society Mon, 28 Oct 2019 22:50:37 GMT
Eaton Family https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/eaton-family

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/eaton-family Tue, 27 Aug 2019 23:28:35 GMT
Brachymyrmex depilis nuptial behavior https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/brachymyrmex-depilis-nuptial-behavior

Queen on a dime.

Queen on my fingertip.

Queen with drone mating.

Drone after ending mating.

Worker, about 1mm long, on a blade of grass.

Queens and workers on blade of grass preparing to launch into nuptial flight.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/brachymyrmex-depilis-nuptial-behavior Thu, 15 Aug 2019 02:42:02 GMT
More backyard macros https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/more-backyard-macros Brachymyrmex depilis queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen Brachymyrmex depilis queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen Brachymyrmex depilis queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/more-backyard-macros Tue, 13 Aug 2019 02:45:26 GMT
Misc macros taken during bee survey. https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/misc-macros-taken-during-bee-survey Orthocarpus cuspidatusOrthocarpus cuspidatus

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/misc-macros-taken-during-bee-survey Mon, 05 Aug 2019 20:21:53 GMT
Macros around my yard and home: bugs and fish https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/macros-around-my-yard-and-home-bugs-and-fish

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/8/macros-around-my-yard-and-home-bugs-and-fish Fri, 02 Aug 2019 06:16:16 GMT
Vacation to Glacier National Park, National Bison Range and local mountains https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/7/vacation-to-glacier-national-park-national-bison-range-and-local-mountains Flathead Lake

A waterfall in Glacier National Park

Bear grass

Swiftcurrent trail through bear grass.

Tent caterpillars

Logan Pass

Mountain goat at Logan Pass

Lost Lake

Bighorn Sheep

Pronghorn at the National Bison Range

Tracy surveying species for iNaturalist

Pika

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/7/vacation-to-glacier-national-park-national-bison-range-and-local-mountains Thu, 11 Jul 2019 02:07:14 GMT
Misc Macros Around my Home https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/6/misc-macros-around-my-home

A tiny beetle on a daisy with pollen grains on the petals. 

A tiny fly on a tiny daisy. The grains on the petals are pollen. 

Possibly sphagnum moss that started growing from soil I mixed for carnivorous plants. 

Possibly a fern thallus growing in the same soil

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/6/misc-macros-around-my-home Mon, 10 Jun 2019 05:57:35 GMT
Betta fry https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/6/betta-fry

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(Steve Lenz Photography) betta betta fry https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/6/betta-fry Sun, 02 Jun 2019 03:19:52 GMT
Blue Mountain Foothills Covered in Snow https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/2/blue-mountain-foothills-covered-in-snow

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(Steve Lenz Photography) blue mountains snow walla walla https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/2/blue-mountain-foothills-covered-in-snow Fri, 08 Feb 2019 16:42:48 GMT
Wa-Hi Dance Competition Highlights https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/1/wa-hi-dance-competition-highlights See all photos here: https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/wahidance

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/1/wa-hi-dance-competition-highlights Thu, 17 Jan 2019 04:52:40 GMT
Winter Adventures with Tracy https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/1/winter-adventures-with-tracy

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2019/1/winter-adventures-with-tracy Wed, 09 Jan 2019 21:10:38 GMT
Vacation to Sierra Nevadas https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/9/vacation-to-sierra-nevadas

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Sigma 150-600 Sport

Canon 24-70 2.8L II

Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/9/vacation-to-sierra-nevadas Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:04:39 GMT
Xerces Society bumblebee survey training in La Grande https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/8/xerces-society-bumblebee-survey-training-in-la-grande

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/8/xerces-society-bumblebee-survey-training-in-la-grande Thu, 02 Aug 2018 02:33:31 GMT
Elk Flats, Umatilla National Forest, Bee Survey https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/7/elk-flats-umatilla-national-forest-bee-survey Doing a bumblebee survey for http://www.pnwbumblebeeatlas.org/

Driving on NF-6413 going to Elk Flats trailhead. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

The survey habitat near Elk Flats. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

What appears to be a B. bifarius male.

A bee fly (Bombylius ?) feeding on nettleleaf horsemint (Agastache urticifolia)

An unidentified male, possibly B. fervidous, on nettleleaf horsemint

A cobalt blue butterfly

A swallowtail butterfly

A bee fly

Where I set up in the shade. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

A wind and temperature meter HoldPeak HP-866B. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

 

A bumblebee in a glass vile to chill it on ice so that it's easier to work with. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

Netting bees for a closer look. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)  

A pair of blister beetles mating

Looking down on the Grande Ronde river valley 

Looking towards the Wallowa mountains from an amazing viewpoint.

Crossing a narrow bridge over  the Grande Ronde river. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)  

Crossing the Grande Ronde river. (Google Pixel cellphone photo)

A sedated bee to make photographing and identifying them easier.
Possibly B. flavifrons? I am a newbie at this and not good at IDing yet! 

 

Camera Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

Canon 1.4x iii Telephoto Extender

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/7/elk-flats-umatilla-national-forest-bee-survey Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:37:15 GMT
Miscellaneous Macros https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/7/miscellaneous-macros

 

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/7/miscellaneous-macros Tue, 10 Jul 2018 03:46:57 GMT
Umatilla National Forest scenes https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/7/umatilla-national-forest-scenes

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/7/umatilla-national-forest-scenes Sun, 01 Jul 2018 18:25:52 GMT
Driving Kendall Skyline Road https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/driving-kendall-skyline-road Out looking for bumble bees for the pnwbumblebeeatlas.org

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Sigma 150-600 Sport

Canon 24-70 2.8L II

Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/driving-kendall-skyline-road Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:07:55 GMT
Misc. Macros https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/misc-macros From my backyard

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Canon EF25 II Extension Tube

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/misc-macros Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:01:21 GMT
Growiser to Zumwalt Prairie with Tony https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/growiser-to-zumwalt-prairie-with-tony

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/growiser-to-zumwalt-prairie-with-tony Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:56:07 GMT
Memorial Day Weekend https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/memorial-day-weekend

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(Steve Lenz Photography) crater lake mccloud memorial day weekend https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/6/memorial-day-weekend Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:52:09 GMT
Spring Vacation to Southern California https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/5/spring-vacation-to-southern-california

Equipment list:

Canon 5D MK III

Sigma 150-600 Sport

Canon 24-70 2.8L II

Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II

Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro (Original Version)

Google Pixel XL 1

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(Steve Lenz Photography) plants reptiles southern california vacation https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/5/spring-vacation-to-southern-california Wed, 30 May 2018 19:32:42 GMT
Great Horned Owlets at Bennington Lake https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/5/great-horned-owlets-at-bennington-lake

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/5/great-horned-owlets-at-bennington-lake Sat, 12 May 2018 04:53:48 GMT
White Bluffs hike with Tony https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/4/white-bluff-hike-with-tony

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/4/white-bluff-hike-with-tony Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:22:13 GMT
Sunset Over the Blue Mountains https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/2/sunset-over-the-blue-mountains

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(Steve Lenz Photography) blue mountains sunset walla walla https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/2/sunset-over-the-blue-mountains Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:43:33 GMT
Snowshoeing Salt Creek Oregon https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/2/snowshoeing-salt-creek-oregon

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/2/snowshoeing-salt-creek-oregon Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:33:38 GMT
Carnegie Picture Lab https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/1/carnegie-picture-lab I periodically donate photos to the Carnegie Picture Lab for the children to use as painting references. As a child I used to LOVE to look at and draw pictures from wildlife photos. It was a dream of mine to be a wildlife biologist and photographer. So it makes me happy to be able to watch a new generation be inspired by wildlife and hopefully one day be part of conserving nature. Here are a couple photos of the young artists working with my photos (courtesy of Tracy Thompson, Program Director, Carnegie Picture Lab). For more information on Carnegie Picture Lab please see their website:

Carnegie Picture Lab

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(Steve Lenz Photography) carnegie picture lab painting wildlife photos https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/1/carnegie-picture-lab Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:55:20 GMT
McNary Wildlife Refuge area https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/1/mcnary-wildlife-refuge-area

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2018/1/mcnary-wildlife-refuge-area Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:32:47 GMT
Vacation to Borrego Springs and Joshua Tree https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/10/vacation-to-borrego-springs-and-joshua-tree Tracy and I went camping in the Anza-Borrego Desert at Borrego Springs and then in the Mojave Desert at Joshua Tree A selfie-selfie of Tracy and me at Borrego Springs
A tarantula on the trail at night in Borrego Springs 
The mountains lit by moonlight at Borrego Springs 
A shrike
A bighorn sheep at Borrego Springs 
A wren that hopped around our camp within inches of us looking for scraps

A cholla cactus
On the trail to the Palm Canyon Oasis, Borrego Springs 

A black-throated sparrow
A California Tree Frog at the oasis

A group of tree frogs at the oasis

Palm fronds 
A phoebe

California palms at the oasis
Inside the oasis 
A Joshua Tree
Our campsite at Belle Campground, Joshua Tree

Tracy investigating desert burrows up close

The Mojave Desert

Pencil Cholla Cactus
A rock wall within Indian Cove

Desert Trumpet
Desert night view from our campsite with the Andromeda Galaxy showing top center of the sky

The Milky Way over Joshua Tree 
Our campfire 
Our campsite lit by the rising moon 
Antelope Squirrel  
Joshua Trees 

A shrike in a Joshua Tree
A Desert Spiny Lizard 
Cholla cactus 
The ruins at Joshua Tree Mill Trail
A Long-nosed Leopard Lizard found by Tracy 
A Jack Rabbit
Joshua Tree forest 
The Colorado Desert at the southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park 
The Colorado Desert 
Landing in Seattle

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/10/vacation-to-borrego-springs-and-joshua-tree Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:01:14 GMT
Summer Dance Lab 2017 Highlights https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/9/summer-dance-lab-2017-highlights  

See all the Summer Dance Lab photos here:

http://www.stevelenzphotography.com/summerdancelab

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/9/summer-dance-lab-2017-highlights Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:55:24 GMT
Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/9/eagle-creek-fire-in-the-columbia-river-gorge The Eagle Creek Fire as seen from Stevenson, Washington, looking over the Cascade Locks, Oregon. September 8, 2017

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/9/eagle-creek-fire-in-the-columbia-river-gorge Sat, 09 Sep 2017 20:06:33 GMT
Heceta Lightstation B&B Marketing Shoot https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/8/heceta-lightstation-b-b-marketing-shoot

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/8/heceta-lightstation-b-b-marketing-shoot Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:25:28 GMT
2017 Vacation - San Diego to Point Reyes https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/7/2017-vacation---san-diego-to-point-reyes Photos taken on my trip with Tracy from San Diego to Point Reyes. A sailboat off of Point Loma A killdeer at Chula Vista Nature Center A tern hunting at Chula Vista A sea turtle at Chula Vista

A swarm of honey bees

Sunset over warships near Coronado Island A jetBlue plane on approach seen above the San Diego Union-Tribune building

The San Diego skyline

Children exploring the beach on Coronado Island An agave plant

The desert mountains seen from the Pacific Crest Trail on Mount Laguna  Tracy on the Pacific Crest Trail at Mount Laguna One of the many memorials at Kwaaymii Point Flowers in Tracy's yard Part of a cactus 

Part of a cactus 

One of dozens of hummingbirds that visit Tracy's yard 

Flowers growing on the Sunset Trail on Mount Laguna 

Acorn Woodpecker holes with their cache of acorns stored inside 

Sunset view from Mount Laguna

Driving on I-8 near Los Terrinitos

 

A song sparrow at Point Reyes

A pocket gopher at Point Reyes

The beach near Tomales Point

An endangered Tule elk cow 

A raven near the Tomales Point trail

A wasp that has paralyzed a spider to lay her eggs on is dragging it to a hole in the ground 

A carrion beetle with mites

Two wasps either fighting or loving. Or both. 

A side view of their behavior 

A Tule elk calf 

A Tule elk bull sniffing the air 

A Tule elk bull stretching after lying on the ground a while 

Part of the herd of Tule elk at Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Monument 

A goup of bulls

A coyote over a ridge with the ocean in the background 

Beautiful erosion designs in the cliff

A vulture 

A vulture

A female coyote 

Two elephant seal bulls fighting. Each one will eventually reach a length of 16 feet and 6,000 pounds 

Elephant seals

Schooner bay

Cobweb thistle

A barn swallow

A California quail 

A white crowned sparrow

Abbotts Lagoon 

Abbotts Lagoon 

A great blue heron

Grasses at Abbotts Lagoon 

Abbotts Lagoon 

The ocean beach at Abbotts Lagoon 

Ants farming aphids for sugar on a cobweb thistle 

A cobweb thistle flower 

Waves at Limantour Spit

A sand dune  

Tracy photographing endangered snowy plovers at Limantour Spit in very strong winds

An osprey

A sea otter at Morro Bay

An endangered snowy plover at Sandspit beach

A long-billed curlew

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(Steve Lenz Photography) birds long billed curlew point reyes snowy plover tern tule elk wildlife https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/7/2017-vacation---san-diego-to-point-reyes Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:04:14 GMT
Macro Test Shots https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/macro-test-shots Testing a flash bracket for macro lighting.

From my backyard:

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/macro-test-shots Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:37:16 GMT
Oregon Coast https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/oregon-coast

My room for the weekend (with a photo I took over the bed). Cape Cove room at Heceta Lightstation B&B

The view off the front porch.

The keepers' cat.

Baby starlings nesting above the porch.

A panoramic view of the coastline with the keepers house and lighthouse in the distance.

US Coast Guard

Vulture

Sealion

Nesting seabirds. 

Looking south to Florence, Oregon.

Wild Foxglove

A raccoon hunti​​​​​​ng at the Siletz Wildlife Refuge.

Siletz River

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Great Grays and macros https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/great-gray-owlets-and-mother-and-macros

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Backyard Macros https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/backyard-macros

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(Steve Lenz Photography) insects macro https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/backyard-macros Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:14:32 GMT
Cicada (Platypedia areolata) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/cicada-platypedia-areolata After about 4 years underground this cicada was found in an apple tree in my yard.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Platypedia areolata cicada https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/cicada-platypedia-areolata Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:32:36 GMT
Lightning https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/lightning

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Lightning https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/6/lightning Mon, 05 Jun 2017 03:07:16 GMT
Forest and Flowers https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/5/forest-and-flowers

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/5/forest-and-flowers Sun, 21 May 2017 19:22:22 GMT
Spring at Spring Creek https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/5/spring-at-spring-creek

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/5/spring-at-spring-creek Sun, 07 May 2017 17:08:22 GMT
Dance Rehearsal at Chism Hall for Chamber Dances https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/4/dance-rehearsal-at-chism-hall Curator Vicki Lloid brings a potent, introverted mix of contemporary music and dance works to Whitman College in a compact, one-night-only performance at Chism Hall on Saturday April 29 at 8 p.m. Sitar player J.J. Gregg and dancer Peter de Grasse premiere Malkauns Meditation, their new duet project. Whitman music faculty members Edward Dixon and Sally Singer play Logan Schmidt’s Seattle: City of Grunge. Dancer and yogini Allison Michelle Keppel performs with Vicki Lloid in her new choreography Mother Daughter, and Walla Walla’s own powerhouse performer Jacki Carlson closes the program with Vicki Lloid’s dramatic new solo entitled Resist.

This rare assembly of performers will present their work one night only at
Whitman College’s Chism Hall on Saturday April 29th at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/4/dance-rehearsal-at-chism-hall Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:34:00 GMT
Snaps From a Country Drive https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/4/snaps-from-a-country-drive

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Just a few from Spring Creek https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/4/just-a-few-from-spring-creek

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2017 March Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/2017-march-walla-walla-lifestyles Pages that I'm published in:

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/2017-march-walla-walla-lifestyles Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Snowshoeing Horseshoe Prairie https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/snowshoeing-horseshoe-prairie

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/snowshoeing-horseshoe-prairie Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:32:09 GMT
Vicki Lloid and Allie Keppel Dance Rehearsal https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/vicki-lloid-and-allie-keppel-dance-rehearsal

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/vicki-lloid-and-allie-keppel-dance-rehearsal Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:54:51 GMT
Backyard Birds https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/backyard-birds

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/2/backyard-birds Mon, 06 Feb 2017 03:54:32 GMT
More Winter Scenes https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/more-winter-scenes

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/more-winter-scenes Mon, 30 Jan 2017 04:16:21 GMT
Snowshoeing https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/snowshoeing

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/snowshoeing Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:47:14 GMT
Snapshots from a Saturday Drive https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/snapshots-from-a-saturday-drive

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/snapshots-from-a-saturday-drive Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:45:47 GMT
More Snow and Wildlife https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/more-snow-and-wildlife

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/more-snow-and-wildlife Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:59:11 GMT
Another Snowy Drive https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/another-snowy-drive

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/another-snowy-drive Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:27:56 GMT
A Snowy Drive https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/a-snowy-drive

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2017/1/a-snowy-drive Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:16:32 GMT
Published in 2017 Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/published-in-2017-walla-walla-lifestyles

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/published-in-2017-walla-walla-lifestyles Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Snow at Night https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/snow-at-night

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/snow-at-night Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:20:16 GMT
Scenes from a drive to McNary Wildlife Refuge https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/scenes-from-a-drive-to-mcnary-wildlife-refuge

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Tanner Proposes to Becca https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/tanner-proposes-to-becca

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/tanner-proposes-to-becca Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:38:54 GMT
Highlights from Cody and Corinna's Wedding https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/highlights-from-cody-and-corinnas-wedding

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/12/highlights-from-cody-and-corinnas-wedding Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:26:53 GMT
Scenes from the Blue Mountains https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/11/scenes-from-the-blue-mountains

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/11/scenes-from-the-blue-mountains Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:52:41 GMT
Weekend trip to Montana https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/9/weekend-trip-to-montana

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/9/weekend-trip-to-montana Mon, 12 Sep 2016 01:06:51 GMT
Bennington Lake Area https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/9/bennington-lake-area

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/9/bennington-lake-area Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:26:10 GMT
Pikes Peak https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/pikes-peak

Bridges over the Columbia River with Mount Rainier in the background.

 

Mount Adams in the background over the Umapine area.

 

Looking north towards the Palouse.

 

Windmills near Dayton.

Bull Elk with the Walla Walla Valley in the background.

 

Bull Elk

Farm equipment stirring up dust trails.

 

An apple tree surrounded by flying insects.

Mount Adams

Mount Rainier and the bridges on the Columbia River. 

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/pikes-peak Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:57:50 GMT
Birch Creek Sunset https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/birch-creek-sunset

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/birch-creek-sunset Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:04:31 GMT
Blacksnake https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/blacksnake

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/blacksnake Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:45:02 GMT
Elkhorn Crest Trail https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/elkhorn-crest-trail Elkhorn Crest Trail from the Anthony Lake trailhead.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/elkhorn-crest-trail Mon, 08 Aug 2016 16:42:39 GMT
Highlights from the WWDF Cabaret Night https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/highlights-from-the-wwdf-cabaret-night

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/8/highlights-from-the-wwdf-cabaret-night Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:34:33 GMT
2016 August Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/2016-august-walla-walla-lifestyles Pages that I am published in.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/2016-august-walla-walla-lifestyles Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:00:00 GMT
2016 Walla Walla Dance Festival Sneak Peek https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/2015-walla-walla-dance-festival-sneak-peek For more info: http://wwdf.org

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/2015-walla-walla-dance-festival-sneak-peek Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:27:32 GMT
Corinna and Cody https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/corinna-and-cody My awesome niece and her fiancee 

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/corinna-and-cody Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:29:33 GMT
A drive on Kendall Skyline Road https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/a-drive-on-kendall-skyline-road Kendall Skyline Road in the Blue Mountains

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(Steve Lenz Photography) mountains scenic wildflowers https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/a-drive-on-kendall-skyline-road Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:29:14 GMT
The Marc - On assignment for Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/7/the-marc---on-assignment-for-walla-walla-lifestyles

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Jasper Mountain Road https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/6/jasper-mountain-road

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/6/jasper-mountain-road Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:01:28 GMT
Lincton Mountain Birds and Flowers https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/6/lincton-mountain-birds-and-flowers

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/6/lincton-mountain-birds-and-flowers Fri, 03 Jun 2016 18:19:58 GMT
Blacksnake Ridge https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/5/blacksnake-ridge The first spring after the big fire.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Blacksnake Ridge Walla Walla forest wildflowers https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/5/blacksnake-ridge Tue, 24 May 2016 05:39:39 GMT
WWCC Dance Rehearsal https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/4/wwcc-dance-rehearsal

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/4/wwcc-dance-rehearsal Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:47:13 GMT
Spring Creek https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/4/spring-creek

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/4/spring-creek Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:00:21 GMT
April 2016 Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/3/april-2016-walla-walla-lifestyles Pages that I am published in.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Green Zone Walla Walla Lifestyles Washington State Penitentiary https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/3/april-2016-walla-walla-lifestyles Sun, 27 Mar 2016 14:00:00 GMT
February 2016 Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/1/february-2016-walla-walla-lifestyles Pages that I am published in.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/1/february-2016-walla-walla-lifestyles Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Winter at Zumwalt Prairie https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/1/winter-at-zumwalt-prairie

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Winter https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/1/winter

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2016/1/winter Sat, 02 Jan 2016 07:10:34 GMT
Cascade Locks, Oregon https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/12/cascade-locks-oregon

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Cascade Locks Oregon https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/12/cascade-locks-oregon Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:58:40 GMT
The foothills of the Blue Mountains https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/12/the-foothills-of-the-blue-mountains

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(Steve Lenz Photography) blue mountains walla walla https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/12/the-foothills-of-the-blue-mountains Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:27:52 GMT
Pages from December 2015 Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/11/pages-from-december-2015-walla-walla-lifestyles Pages that I am published in.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/11/pages-from-december-2015-walla-walla-lifestyles Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:00:00 GMT
November drives https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/11/november-drives Chilly scenes from the Walla Walla Valley.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/11/november-drives Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:57:06 GMT
November 2015 Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/10/november-2015-walla-walla-lifestyles Pages that I am published in.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/10/november-2015-walla-walla-lifestyles Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:00:00 GMT
Looking for Elk https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/9/looking-for-elk An evening drive up Government Mountain during rutting season.

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(Steve Lenz Photography) https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/9/looking-for-elk Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:36:16 GMT
Pages from the October 2015 Walla Walla Lifestyles https://www.stevelenzphotography.com/blog/2015/9/pages-from-the-october-2015-walla-walla-lifestyles A few of the 24 pages my photos are published i