Chocolate Daisy!

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Chocolate Daisy!

Recently passing through Western Texas and Southern New Mexico, I by chance ran into a fellow Master Naturalist based near Albuquerque who told me all about the chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) a member of the aster family of native North Americans wildflowers. I was thrilled to have someone to talk shop with outside and under the bright New Mexican

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A Quiet Winter Wilderness in Washington State

I recently took off for a few days out in the wide, wild  wilderness between the Cascade Mountains and Rocky Mountains…. here’s a sample of what I brought home. Click any image to enlarge. Silent Forest in Winter A gorgeous winter day on Mount Spokane in Eastern Washington in late January. The forest is quiet, the

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A Blank Place on the Map – Gold Creek Pond

Yesterday I went for a short hike around one of my regular stopping places in the Cascade Mountains at Gold Creek Pond at the very top of Snoqualmie Pass, just east of Seattle. Toward the top of the pass, it just started snowing, and there was a couple of inches of fresh snow around the pond,

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A Herd Apart – The Wild Bison of Antelope Island

Just outside of the city limits of Salt Lake City, Utah – on the Great Salt Lake is a remarkable mountainous island called Antelope Island. Also a state park, this island has a wonderful natural history along with a very interesting habitat and diversity of wildlife. In order to keep this post short and sweet,

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When Wild Animals Make People a Natural Resource

A few days ago I was driving eastward across the state of Washington across the barren sagebrush desert with my family when one of my boys needed to use the restroom. We stopped just east of Ellensburg at the Ryegrass Safety Rest Area in Kittitas County, and as usual… I started poking around the rocks and sages for

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Rugged Beauty of the Pacific Northwest Coast

It’s been a whole month since I last did a post, and as I just expressed in my August 2014 monthly newsletter I just sent out today (you should subscribe!) I’ve been in my typical month-long hiatus that occurs every four years when the World Cup happens. Then I had family in town…… In a nutshell

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New Monthly Feature for 2014: Interesting Nature Facts from a Master Naturalist

Interesting Nature Facts – It’s a brand new section on the website that I will be actively growing and rotating on a regular basis. As I near graduation in my Master Naturalist training and certification, the sheer amount of new information about the nature and wildlife I photograph and see every day and thought I already knew is getting backed

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