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Tortoises & Human History

Tortoises & Human Hi...

In 2006, Harriet, one of the few remaining members of the Galapagos tortoise subspecies Geochelone nigra porten, died in Australia.  ...
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An Unseen World

An Unseen World

Back before the dot com age, the fastest way to vast riches (besides marrying an heirless aristocrat with a bad ...
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American Beaver ~ A long history

American Beaver ~ A long ...

Oregon has a very long and notable history with American beaver.   Two years ago John Zancancella, the BLM’s coordinator for ...
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The Power of Water

The Power of Water

A month ago we walked out in our wetland and saw a few inches of water collected in the deeper ...
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Mountain Quail ....

Mountain Quail ….

In March 1806, on the return journey up the Columbia River, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition shot ...
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Lean times ...

Lean times …

Outside, beyond the Christmas lights, the cookies and fireside snacks, the long season of short days sets in.  Leaves mat ...
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Late Fall in the Valley ...

Late Fall in the Valley &...

Working on my computer, trying to complete paper work that I have neglected during our extended October summer ….   I ...
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Nature's Gallery

Nature’s Gallery

This time of year we live in the gallery—every turn shows nature lavishing on us its ironic exuberance, made all ...
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Valley of Fires

Valley of Fires

Just before noon one day in late October, Claire, Jessica and I jumped into my 22 year-old Subaru and drove ...
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Why I live here ...

Why I live here …

In our long wandering years we dreamed of returning not just to the US but to the Willamette Valley. Human ...
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River musings ...

River musings …

Saturday, September 17th One Saturday in September, I slide my kayak into the waters of the Willamette River at  Harrisburg.  ...
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A change of pace ...

A change of pace …

The blog is being re-invented! Starting this month, this site will be used to showcase bi-monthly musings on living with ...
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