Red Cup Fungi – Where did they come from?

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I often post new things I discover in the one acre wooded area behind my house. And I am constantly amazed by what presents itself in the small place I have explored so many times before. When I think back … Continue reading

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Herb and Spice Plants that Give a Little Extra

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Sunday is shopping day at our household. My wife, Kelly and I head out early to avoid the crowds. Besides sneaking things in the cart that I want, my job is to go back and get items we have forgotten … Continue reading

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Build an Outdoor Reed Screen for Around $90

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Due to a broken pump, my backyard ponds have sat idle for the past five years. If it wasn’t for the goldfish in the lower pond, I probably would have filled in the ponds and streams a couple years ago … Continue reading

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Dueling Easles – A Spectacular Finalé for the Stormy Weather Arts Festival!

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For several years now, I have made a November pilgrimage to the Oregon Coast. The reason–The Stormy Weather Arts Festival. Now in its 27th year, Cannon Beach, Oregon, which is considered one of the 100 best art towns in America, … Continue reading

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Building a Faux Campfire

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There really is nothing quite like sitting around a campfire with friends and family. The radiating warmth fends off the surrounding chill. Glowing embers and shifting flames bring an eerie radiance to the faces of those gathered, and reaches out … Continue reading

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Painted Lady Butterfly

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The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is also known as the Thistle butterfly and the Cosmopolitan. By some accounts it has the widest distribution of all the butterflies. Females generally lay single, light green eggs on top of a host plant … Continue reading

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Grey Hairstreak Butterfly

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Part way up Satus Pass in the Cascade Mountains (Washington State), Brooks Memorial Park has a small butterfly garden. Even though our travels have taken us this direction three previous times this summer, and the flowers were all in bloom, … Continue reading

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Digging Deep for Chives

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This morning, my wife and I braved the foot deep snow to come off the hill and do our Sunday morning grocery shopping. While at the produce area, Kelly asked if we had any chives at home. I said yes, … Continue reading

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Running in the Snow

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Two days ago we were hit by a snowstorm that dumped several inches of fine powder on the area. We have been spared the devastating storms that much of the country has recently experienced, but now we have our first … Continue reading

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My First Running Post–Three Things I Can Always Count On

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For some time I have wanted to write about running. I am not quite ready to dedicate a blog site to the subject. So for now, I will try a few posts, tucked in between such titles as Mites Meet … Continue reading

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