Friday, October 31, 2014

Clown School

Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Looking At The Past

An active farm community--100 years ago.
Notice the giant wind turbines on the far hills.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Bit Scary...

...but still beautiful in its way.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Stormy Sky In The High Desert

     We encountered many different and beautiful skies on last week's trip to the Dry Side.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Look very closely along the river
for a mile-long BNSF coal train.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


A mile-long BNSF oil train, passing by Horsethief Lake on the Washington side of the Columbia River.  

Monday, October 20, 2014


He still wants to be out on the road...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Long Unused

...but still standing, a haven for owls and magpies

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's Around The Bend...

Celebrating our 33rd anniversary yesterday with another day of discovery!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Big Buzz

This bumblebee is the largest I've ever seen!  At least the size of an American Half Dollar--tip to tip.  We found him on Tygh Ridge Just south of the Columbia River.  He was so non-threatening, I almost wanted to pet him.  Almost.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


This little lake was a total surprise.  A peaceful spot with only some Golden Eye Ducks causing any movement at all.

Monday, October 6, 2014

100 Years Ago

100 years ago this road was the Great Northern Railroad right of way.  Straight ahead, where the road ends, a bridge crossed the Cowlitz River.  Only the abutments remain.   A small town, Olequa, grew up around this spot, but gradually vanished after the railroad changed its route.  Today, Old Olequa Crossing is just a short road with farms and cattle--and beautiful trees.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Warm And Dry

...but not for long.  
The snow will be back on Mt. St. Helens by the end of the month.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


From the end of the Coldwater Lake Walkway, looking up to the beautiful Coldwater Ridge Observatory--A wonderful way to spend a fall morning near Mt. St. Helens!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Even If You Don't Like His Face... have to love his wings!
This dragonfly, about half the size of the ones we usually see, posed for me for quite a while.  Occasionally he'd fly away--only to return to the same spot in a few moments.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Sun-Dappled Path

There's not a lot of Autumn color in this part of the Seaquest Park forest yet.