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Catch up is the only kind I play

I’m sure everyone has felt this: the ship is sinking and you have to chuck things overboard to have a chance of surviving. That’s been my life the last few weeks, and blogging is the thing that went over the side. Jan. 30-Feb. 6 I’m not sure how things got out of hand. On my calendar, this week, the only…

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Tsunami survivor

I have said it before, and I’ll probably say it again: Art is time-consuming. I’ve spent most of the day (and the weekend, for that matter) slogging through the various tasks that have to be done if I want to get into shows or other opportunities. But that doesn’t mean I like it. Particularly irksome is a multi-page application for…

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Golden Winter

I love winter in Oregon. While it doesn’t have the snow and low temperatures that most people associate with the season, for me, the cooler temperatures, ample rain, and return of green are just perfect. Other perks include the return of a high density of waterfowl to the refuges and slightly more convenient photo times. While I miss the many…

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Well, there goes that plan

This week I was talking to a friend about COVID-19. And I admitted to her that I am finding this “stage” of this–group project?– to be the hardest yet. She agreed and admitted she was struggling, too. As if the gods were listening, the next day the WSO convention–the first in-person convention in two years–was changed to virtual. I’m going…

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Western Adventure – Day 14

Wednesday was the day I was scheduled to meet my friend and go birding with her in the Boise area. We met at 7am and went through Star Riverwalk. From there, we went to a local country road hotspot, where we found a rookery containing cormorants, herons, and egrets. There was also a pair of foals and a bunch of…

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Western Adventure – Day 13

Well, I’m afraid there isn’t too much to show today. We left Salt Lake City and headed up to Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge before going onto to Boise. Once again, the maps took me down dirt roads, but this time it ended in a locked gate. As I sat there, pondering what to do, a NWR employee came up to…

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Western Adventure – Day 12

Today I “broke camp” from Colorado and started making my way home. I drove around seven hours to Salt Lake City and specifically to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. My car clocked the temp at 104, but it was still an amazing place. I went before and after I checked into the hotel and I may go back tomorrow before…

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Western Adventure – Day 11

They say that the unexpected adventures are part of the joy of travel. It’s possible, but I don’t think that’s going to do much to persuade me that today was worth it. Today was the final day of the Peggy Judy workshop, and Peggy had arranged for us to have a “cowboy” photo shoot at a ranch down in the…

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Western Adventure – Day 8

Well, we’re here. In the southwest part of Colorado. Our southern-most port. And I’m glad to land for a few days. The big birding stop of the day was Highline Lake State Park. It’s so hot that the pickings are slim. Just to check, I looked at eBird tonight and it confirms that June is one of the worst months…

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Western Adventure – Day 7

Dirt roads. No internet signal (so no maps.) A very long day. We hit the road early today to a lovely sunrise. The goal for the day was Seedskadee NWR. When we were almost there, we came across Fontenelle Reservoir, where several American white pelicans were hanging out. They still have their breeding humps, which is a fun  reference to get.…

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