Last week I spent an absolutely freezing morning at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge just outside of the capital city of Olympia, Washington. Located at the mouth of the Nisqually River, which originates far up Mount Rainier, it is made up of both precipitation famous to the Pacific Northwest and mineral-rich glacier waters from the mountain itself. Where this nutrient-rich water reaches the salty Puget Sound, that is where wildlife abounds! Many of the birds are here for the winter, and will migrate back north to British Columbia, Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories later in the spring.

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nature photography galleries. More frequent writing about these images coming soon!

Rich Leighton
March 5, 2013


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