Articles by Dana Kenneth Johnson

Coyote Butte: Just another cinder cone?

In times past, volcanic cinder cones like this one were excavated for their red traction material spread by the road commission on icy streets, roads and highways of Central Oregon.Cinders have since been replaced by other more high-tech ice melting substances, so the remaining hills now serve as viewpoints for hikers, as well as impromptu shooting ranges for gun enthusiasts and trash dumps for irresponsible partiers.Nevertheless, Coyote Butte stands out on the Central Oregon High Desert as... continue reading

Horse Butte, Bend, Oregon

Horse Butte is a partially-excavated cinder cone volcano in the southeast corner of Bend, Oregon.It was once mined for its gritty red cinders that provided traction on icy roads.The promontory has since undergone reclamation efforts to restore its natural state as much as possible since a considerable portion of the east side is gone, exposing its rusty red interior.At the summit is an old growth ponderosa pine that has survived hundreds of lightning strikes.Access to the top is by means of... continue reading

Bessie Butte - A Nice Walk to a Spectacular View

I find it curious that there are only seven photos of Bessie Butte and its panoramic view on Dreamstime - all submitted by me....Especially since it is easy to reach, easy to hike, and beautiful to behold once you reach the top.The extinct cinder cone volcano is five miles southeast of Bend, Oregon.The view is enhanced by the lack of mature trees, the result of the 18 Fire of 2003 that burned 3,810 acres of the Deschutes National Forest to the north of the butte.A 2006 planting of some 10,... continue reading

High Desert Oases: Mayfield and Reynolds Ponds

Amid the dry scrublands of Central Oregon lie two engineered wetland oases - Mayfield Pond and Reynolds Pond.The source of water for these man-made reservoirs is the Deschutes River, some 12-20 miles away, via canals and ditches maintained by the Central Oregon Irrigation District.Both lie within the boundaries of the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and are accessible to the public - for better or worse...Mayfield Pond is about halfway between Bend and Alfalfa, Oregon, accessible only... continue reading

Dreamstime Submission Rate

Based on numbers assigned to my Dreamstime submissions in a 10-hour period, I have calculated some interesting figures regarding average Dreamstime submission rates:26 submissions per minute1,549 submissions per hour37,174 submissions per day260,215 submissions per week1,130,697 submissions per month13,568,364 submissions per yearThat's one submission every 2.3 seconds! continue reading

A Chicken Story

It's been 5 years and 5 months since joining Dreamstime, and I've just gotten my 800th photo accepted - a chicken photo,Okay, it's probably more than 800, really, since I've deleted a few that haven't sold after 4 years.Nevertheless, the novelty of uploading the photo of a chicken is even more novel since I photographed her while she was running loose in the city park, apparently an escapee from someone's yard.As it turns out, the chicken - a Barred Plymouth Rock hen - has been someone's family... continue reading

Bees!

Whether they generate fear or fascination, bees are crucial to the survival of everything. Without their function as pollinators, plants would not propagate, and we would not have fruits and vegetables - or anything else, for that matter - to eat!Here are a few bee photos that perhaps deserve more attention than they're getting on Dreamstime. continue reading

Of Tortoises, Turtles and Terrapins

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... continue reading

Western Thatching Ants (Formica obscuripes)

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... continue reading

Central Oregon Waterways

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,... continue reading

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