Purple Shore Crab at Newport's Yaquina Bay.

We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft. – Adlai Stevenson

Geese at Grand Teton NP

Traveling with Rosie

Travels With Rosie “People don’t take trips— trips take people.”  John Steinbeck, Travels With Rosie When Steinbeck wrote Travels with Charley, he was on a journey across America, traveling with his large blue poodle in a camper named after Don Quixote’s horse, Rocinante. Charley had crooked front teeth and communicated his bathroom needs by saying “Ftt.” […]


Grief “When you love, the world becomes larger.” – Eric Fromm Some try to placate her by wearing traditional black and whispering kind condolences. Others employ bribery, offering her cold noodle casseroles, quivering jello and meringue pies shaped like the Dakota Badlands. The orderly even adopt rules, demanding that she depart after thirty days, six months […]


“Ice has a social life. Its changeability shapes the culture, language and stories of those who live near it.” ― Robert Macfarlane, Underland Ice


“No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually … I know what we could make of it if people only thought we could dare look at ourselves.” – Dorothea Lange

For a short period of time, we did turn the camera on ourselves. Dorothea Lange was one of the photographers hired by the FSA to document life during the Great Depression.

Douglas Firs in the Clouds - Elliott State Forest

Saving the Elliott

Some will say that this story should begin with the flying potatoes.  But before you envision some GMO variant of a winged potato dripping butter and sour cream over wildflower fields, I’ll tell you that these flying potatoes are Marbled Murrelets, small seabirds in the auk family with bodies similar enough to potatoes to have earned them their nickname.

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