These are the creatures in my neighborhood

by Steve, December 29th, 2012

Into the sunWe tried to go to nature church on Mt. Hood yesterday, and while the weather was fine and the snow was plentiful, we saw far too many Great Apes and Domestic Canines and no wildlife at all.

gone fishin'So we went to nature church at the beaver pond today and saw, in addition to our resident Mallard flock, a beautiful lone, rainbow-colored Wood Duck and an then a Great Egret, like this one. “They look like angels when they fly,” remarked Z. They really do. Further upstream we saw what at first appeared to be an otter, but turned out to be a young nutria. We followed him upstream as he skillfully navigated rapids and debris dams.

Dream deerA little later, I ran across a hawk and spied these three Black Tail Deer in Deer Meadow. Great to see the neighbors out and about on a crisp early winter day.

In Memory

by Steve, December 23rd, 2012

LuLu, 1995-2012

No creature great or small has ever loved us so fiercely, nor hated everybody else with even greater ferocity.

late fall snow

by Steve, December 23rd, 2012


by Steve, December 2nd, 2012

At first, upon entering the forest, you feel you’ve entered a whole different world. But then one day you realize it’s not a different world, it’s the world, the actual planet you live on.

It’s great to be an ape.