Interesting Nature Facts #108 – Horsetails

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Interesting Nature Facts #33 – Thimbleberry

Thimbleberry! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you want to find out even more, simply

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The Wild Bitterroot of Washington’s Sagebrush Country

One of the absolute best times to visit the wild rolling hills and steep ravines and coulees of Washington’s Columbia Basin is in the late spring. Last week I was traveling around the Vantage, WA are, just east of the mighty Columbia River near Whiskey Dick Mountain on a mission to find the elusive (to me anyway)

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Springtime Chocolate Lilies on the Olympic Peninsula!

Besides wild orchids, wild lilies are a favorite of mine when tromping across the country in extremely rural to even semi-urban places. Recently I was in the Olympic National Forest near the shore of Lake Cushman near Hoodsport, WA scoping out new areas to photograph when I found a couple of chocolate lilies that had already

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Surf Scoters – My Favorite Pacific Sea Duck!

Very recently I was taking a “day off” (inside joke for those who know me personally – I work in some capacity nearly every day of the year) on a scouting trip for future photography trips in the Olympic National Forest. Near the Skokomish Indian Reservation, I stopped at the southern end of the Hood Canal looking

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Looking Out from Behind the Waterfall – Oregon’s North Falls

Last night I was wrapping up a quick four-day nature photography road trip in search of new images and ideas when I found myself standing behind North Falls – an insanely beautiful and violent waterfall just gushing with snowmelt just east of Salem, Oregon. Because I opted to travel light and didn’t have my usual full

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Death Camas – America’s Most Poisonous Native Lily

Quick post for today. As I was going through our lily gallery images while getting things ready for our new upcoming North American Nature Photography website relaunch, I found four images of the really cool meadow death camas from last spring that I shot, edited and somehow never uploaded to our website. Lost and forgotten

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The Enchanted Forest

Last week I was in Banff, Alberta where I had been attending the AMAZING Second Annual International Landscape Photographers’ Association Summit. On the way home headed westward back to Seattle, I took a curve on a mountain highway near Revelstoke, British Columbia and ran into this incredible view on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. I just

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Pacific Madrone (also known as the Manzanita)

Easily one of the most beautiful of all of the hardwoods on the Pacific Coast, the Pacific madrone is a member of the heath family and closely related to rhododendrons, and is the most northerly broadleaf evergreen trees on the continent. Early Spanish settlers in California recognized it as similar to the Mediterranean madrone (or

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