Natural History

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Olympic National Park South Coast Trail

Join me on a 5-day family backpacking trip down the South Coast Trail in Olympic National Park to photograph seascapes along the wild Washington Coast.  We camp at Scotts Bluff and Strawberry Point, and find towering sea stacks, coastal sitka spruce forests, tide-pools, seals, sea otter, great blue heron and bald eagles. A pack of […]


More Backyard Songbirds

Male spotted towhee perched on red flowering current branch

With the caronavirus lock-down keeping me home, and a red flowering currant bush in full bloom in the back yard, today was a perfect day for photographing songbirds. I moved my suet block feeder next to the flowering currant and set up my Tragopan pop-up photo blind about 10 feet away.  In minutes the birds […]


Great Blue Heron – Fir Island

Great blue heron standing at edge of muddy irrigation channel, Fir Island, Skagit County, Washington

A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) watches for fish or frogs in a muddy irrigation canal in a field on Fir Island.


Pine Siskin

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Spotted this little finch eating seeds in a shrub alongside the Nooksack River. Pine siskin live year-round in Washington State,  and are seed-eaters closely related to gold finch.  This little guy can increase its metabolic rate by 5X in order to survive overnight temperatures as low as -85F.  They store extra seeds in a portion […]


Frosty Morning in Snohomish River Estuary

Sun rises Union Slew and Spencer Island, Spencer Island, Snohomish Country Parks & Recreation, Everett, Washington

It was a frosty early morning of bird watching on Spencer Island in the Snohomish River Estuary. An extremely high tide (12.0 feet) flooded through breaches in the dikes and into the estuary, providing great fishing habitat for great blue heron and bald eagles. The sun rose in a spectacle of color and began melting […]


Mountain Heather, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington Cascades

Pink mountain heather in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” — Edward Abbey


Mountain Ridges, Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska

Forested mountain ridges shrouded in fog, Glacier Bay National Park, Southeast Alaska

“In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.” — Robert Green Ingersoll  


Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Washington

Pond below Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Hwy 20, Wenatchee National Forest, North Cascades, Washington

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson  


Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington State

Sea stack at sunset, Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington State

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln


Western Red Cedar, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

Western red cedar, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something – that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


Downey Creek Trail, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

Trail through old growth forest, Downey Creek Trail, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” — John Muir


Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Oregon

Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek Recreation Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

“Look at everything as if you were seeing it for the first or last time.” — Betty Smith


Ponytail Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Horsetail Creek plummets over Ponytail Falls and moss covered boulders, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius


Snow on Liberty Bell Mountain, Washington Pass, Washington State

Snow on Liberty Bell Mountain at sunrise, Washington Pass, Cascade Mountains, Washington State

“Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow in a high mountain gully and feel the same urge to climb toward it.” — Edmund Hillary A classic view of Liberty Bell Mountain from the Washington Pass Overlook on a snowy early […]


Boulder River Wilderness, Washington State

An unnamed waterfall drops into the Boulder River, Boulder River Wilderness, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, USA

“Water is the driver of nature.” — Leonardo da Vinci


Bristlecone Pine Reaching for the Stars

Bristlecone pine and snow illuminated by moon light with starry sky, Inyo National Forest, White Mountains, California

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt


Red fox (dark phase), Mount Rainier National Park

Red fox (dark phase), Vulpes Vulpes, standing in huckleberry bushes, Paradise Valley, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State

“Because I’m Sly, That’s Why”


Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River viewed from Artist Point, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” — Jim Watkins


Giant kelp air bladders, Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington

Giant kelp air bladders resting on bull kelp frond, Salt Creek Recreation Area, Clallam County, Washington State

“Nature is pleased with Simplicity.” — Isaac Newton


Coastal Trail, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California

Coastal Trail through redwood forest, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Del Norte County, California

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” — John Muir


Lonely Tree, Palouse, Washington

Lonely tree in field of wheat, Palouse area, Washington.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Sunrise over Mystic Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton


Natural Curiosity

Four year old girl pointing to tree rings, Cascade Mountains, Washington

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci


Alpine Stream, Cascade Mountains

Small stream running through snowfields in subalpine meadow, Mount Daniel in background, Wenatchee Mountains, central Washington Cascade Mountains

“Coming near the edge of the snowfield I find running water close to the surface, visible among the rocks.  I stop to drink.  The water is bitterly, brilliantly cold with particles of glacier silt — utterly delicious.” — Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire