Category Archives: Nature

Watching the birdies

I was never much of a bird-watcher. I liked them and enjoyed feeding them, but except for ooh-ing and ah-ing over the odd goldfinch or bluebird that dropped by for a snack, I wasn’t overly interested in the types of … Continue reading

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Literal and Figurative Forest Bathing

Sunset

  Forest bathing is supposed to be about the health benefits of walking in forests. The “bathing” is the soaking up of the sights and smells all around you. But if you do your forest bathing on a foggy day … Continue reading

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Art in the (State) Park

Well, maybe not art in the sense of a mural, statue, or even graffiti. But there is so much stray stuff–stones, branches, bits of garbage–scattered around the trails and lakeshore, and sometimes people mess about with it, then leave it … Continue reading

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The Eclipse Is Coming

The full eclipse will happen next week. There hasn’t been another in my lifetime and I’m incredibly excited. It doesn’t hurt that I live in the path of totality. I’m super excited to see it. I’m less excited about the … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler is Still Home

(Warning! Scary pictures not appropriate for entomophobics) My husband and I think of ourselves as fairly knowledgeable organic gardeners. When considering a topic for this blog, I thought I would write about bugs. However when I browsed through our small … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Goes Summer Snowshoeing

…at the start zone for the Mt. Baker Ski to Sea Race. Thor, Bear dog, and I face the early-summer dilemma for our day trips to nearby Mt. Baker, since the snow is melting and rutted, not the best for … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: When Old Friends Come Calling

At just past 4 a.m., my gray friend starts whistling outside the bedroom window. Gracie hears him and raises her head, then looks at me. “Pavarotti’s singing for us. Isn’t it pretty?” I say drowsily. My cat, no connoisseur of … Continue reading

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A Short Camping Trip

Machete Ridge

We went camping at Pinnacles National Park for a few days this month. The Pinnacles were formed by multiple volcanoes erupting 23 million years ago in what is now Southern California. The part of these mountains that are found in … Continue reading

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The Sage in Bloom

Or How I play Hooky: Sacajawea in Bronze Most writers need a day when a loved one surgically removes them from the computer and takes them elsewhere. My husband recognizes my symptoms of needing a break before I do. Severe … Continue reading

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My Favorite Season

After a fake-out warm spell that was followed by seeming weeks of cold and wet, signs of spring are showing up around the neighborhood. Forsythia’s bright yellow is flaring here and there. In my yard, birds are clustered around the feeders, chowing … Continue reading

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