Butterflies and “Puddling”

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We tend to think of butterflies as creatures that receive all their nutrition by moving from flower to flower, foraging for nectar. Carbohydrate rich nectar does give butterflies the quick energy they need to fly. But for some butterflies – … Continue reading

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A Wheelbarrow Full of Succulents

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I don’t know when, how or even why the tradition of planting succulents in nontraditional containers started. I’m sure you’ve seen them before – worn out old boots brimming with hens and chicks, or a rusted Radio Flyer wagon filled … Continue reading

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Phantom in Full View

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Last week, my eldest son and I went on a hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge (Dog Mountain). It was a hot day, but we hit the trail early, and reached the summit before noon. Large … Continue reading

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Wind Storm Reveals Hollow Tree

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On December 21st, a brief wind storm ripped through my hometown of Longview, Washington. Over 200 city-owned trees as well as uncounted residential and rural trees  were destroyed. Lake Sacajawea, a 173 acre park in the downtown area was the hardest … Continue reading

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Oak Galls

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Towards the end of summer, my youngest son and I decided to hike a section of a nature reserve located about a 45 minute drive from our house. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 5,200 acres of marshes, … Continue reading

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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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