The Sparrow and the Hummingbird

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The Sparrow and the Hummingbird

Yesterday I was in Bellevue, Washington working as a Master Naturalist in an area where I work frequently pulling out invasive bindweed and blackberry plants to make room for native species, and I brought my camera along with me. Unusually sunny and bright for such a wet and rainy climate, the wetlands where I was

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That *$*#@(#*&@ Red-breasted Nuthatch!!!

For the past couple of years there has been a red-breasted nuthatch that lives near my house that is almost always visible until the moment I have a camera in hand, and it’s been driving me crazy. It was funny at first, but after months stretching into years, it has gotten personal. Very personal. The other day I

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Pacific Banana Slug

If you’ve ever hiked or visited the Pacific Northwest, you’ve undoubtedly come across this majestic mollusk – the Pacific banana slug. While most people take a look and say, “cool!” and continue hiking, these slugs are actually very interesting and worth learning about. The Pacific banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) is the world’s second-largest terrestrial slug in the

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Sol Duc Falls – Ancient America

“Sol Duc Falls” is my fifth entry into my new series, Ancient America which features a minimalistic, raw and unpolished look at black and white landscape photography from around North America from the viewpoint of what it would have looked like before people arrived. – click image to enlarge- Sol Duc Falls – Washington’s Olympic Peninsula Sol Duc Falls

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Weird Fungus and Lichens of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is known for lots of things, but did you know its coastal region is also the mushroom capital of North America? Like any fungus, a mushroom or lichen thrives in wet, cool and damp places, especially if there is a lot of shade from conifer forests with deep mineral-rich soils and an oceanic climate that never

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Oregon – The World’s Most Beautiful Coastline

FIVE NEW IMAGES! The Pacific Northwest has it all, and heading down to Oregon, it was time to see the best of the best – the world’s most beautiful coastline! click any image to enlarge One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world – Oregon’s Clatsop County from Ecola State Park to Cannon Beach,

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Mountain Nature of the Evergreen State

Post #200! Many thanks for all of you who have hung around this long with me through the years! Today I’m still uploading images that have been in cue for editing and uploading to my nature photography website and these just happen to be from places not too far from my home in my adopted home of Washington,

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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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Palouse Falls – Waterfall in the Desert

It’s funny, because I know I’m not the only nature photographer who travels around the country with this problem. The light is perfect, and I’m only five minutes away! Driving like an idiot a couple of weeks ago with my wife and two young children strapped-in in the backseat, I was hauling ass down the unpaved

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