It’s okay, it’s not like I need my computer in the next 2 days…

by Steve, March 24th, 2013


Windows 8 FTW!

Heron spotting

by Steve, March 24th, 2013

At Sauvie Island for Saturday Nature Church, we also saw about a million Canada geese, one Blue Heron, two deer, a flock of sandhill cranes, a bunch of smelt, and a really big tundra swan in the rehab pen.

Last (official) day of winter on Mt. Hood

by Steve, March 20th, 2013

Douglas Squirrel

by Steve, March 17th, 2013

Jesus got a haircut

by Steve, March 17th, 2013

jesus got a haircut


by Steve, March 10th, 2013


I can’t remember not being interested in nature. When I was younger I loved hikes in the Iowa woods. At a teen I was drawn to the challenge and thrill of the high ground, be it Colorado fourteeners, then as an adult, glaciated Cascade volcanic peaks. I was always trying to get to the highest ridge or butte around, just for the view, if nothing else.

But now I find myself drawn to the lowlands in between the peaks and ridges, where the water drains and pools and the wildlife gathers. There’s just a lot more going on down there.

This wetland is on Johnson Creek, the stream that drains the north side of Cooper Mountain on it’s way to merging with Beaverton Creek near the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Beaverton Creek flows west into Rock Creek, which feeds our valley’s namesake, the Tualatin River.

RIP Stompin’ Tom Connors

by Steve, March 7th, 2013

Stompin’ Tom Connors 1936-2013

Vancouver Observer blogger Alan O’Sullivan had this remembrance on his Twitter feed: