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Just the Moon, Mount Rainier and Me

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Departing from the south end of the island, the less-traveled Vashon-Tacoma ferry between Tahlequah and Point Defiance is a step back in time and...

Orcas and Encounters of the Third Kind

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Orcas Close to Shore on Vashon Island, WA [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=006tyLGOzGY] Orcas! And just where was I the day all three Puget Sound Orca pods, J, K,...

A Moon Not to Be Forgotten

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Returning from the beach, I grabbed my camera, though wishing I had it two hours earlier. Last night I was witness to a full moon...

Vashon Snow Globe: Mother Nature Shakes It Up

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Vashon Snow Day! Royal Grevillea's silvery sage leaves bending under the weight of winter white. Snow usually visits the maritime Northwest briefly and more in spirit...

Snow Falling on Cedars and Everything Else

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My madrona branch fence flocked in winter white Snow is a welcomed albeit rare visitor to Vashon. When an arctic blast ushers in a snowy...

You Know It’s Autumn in the Northwest When…

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You know it's autumn in the Northwest when...  Roses resemble wet tissues. Hammocks allow for drop-ins. Tarps reach new architectural heights. Tomatoes give up the ghost. All eyes are on...

If Winter Comes, Can Spring Be Far Behind?

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I thought the last line in Shelley's  Ode to the West Wind, a fitting title and tribute to the contrast in seasons as viewed from my back porch;...

A Winter Guest Is Obliged to Stay

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Madrona sunrise, snowy morning on Vashon Island
  Morning light meets last night's snow Last night as I returned home from the south end of the island, the snow was falling with a grace and...

Madrona Tree: A Sculpture Grows

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Madrona Tree: A Work of Art The Madrona tree seems more living sculpture than growing tree.  Gnarled limbs and twisted trunk frame the sky like arms in pose. ...

Letting the Art of Nature Drift By

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 One leaf, one stream, some sun, seaweed and a whole lot of pretty. Nature can surely frame a pretty picture, and last Sunday, friends and I...