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A Cure for the Winter Blues

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.


A Face only a Mother Could Love

Vultures: nature’s clean-up crew, scavengers, the nastiest animals alive – whatever you want to call them, they are essential in the promoting health and well-being in nature. They eat the dead, and thus prevent the diseases and harmful germs of rotting and decomposing flesh from getting transmitted to the living. The black vulture (Coragyps atratus)


In a Flash of Pink – Roseate Spoonbill!

Anyone who has ever tried to walk through mangroves – never mind with a backpack full of photography gear and holding a camera – knows that it is not easy. Twisted above-ground roots and protruding rhizomes make any travel slightly faster than not moving at all. Estuarine mud sucks at boots and shoes, and none of


My Photo was Picked for the 2011 National Audubon Society Calendar!!!!!!!

I realize this post is VERY late in getting out, but due to our oldest son starting preschool this year and bringing home the plague, I’ve been suffering for most of the winter with a whole host of kiddie germs and hadn’t had the time to post this until right now. Then I wanted to


Tricolored Heron in Breeding Plumage

Last month I was in the Big Cypress National Preserve looking for new material - particularly birds in breeding plumage when I spotted this amazing tricolored heron on the side of the road. It was in the most resplendent of breeding colors. Bright blue beak and face, deep blood-red eyes, violet and blue-gray plumage, completed with snowy white plumes at the back of its crown. Just gorgeous!