Monthly Archives: December 2010

Whale or no whale

Since I was off today, we decided to drive out to the coast to attempt to see some of the gray whales that are migrating south to Baja, as I mentioned here. Ecola State Park, on the northside of Cannon … Continue reading

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Help with Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count!

I’m not sure yet if I am working Sunday, but if I am not, Patrick and I will surely help out with the 2010 Christmas Bird Count for the Audubon Society of Portland ( ). This is where local birders … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: Santa in the park

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Monday thought of the week: the views of others

A thought: By asking these questions [about an oak tree] we point ourselves toward observation and discovery. We actually know very little of the world, even of what surrounds us every day. It is worth taking the time to think … Continue reading

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Christmas Day at Tryon Creek

On Christmas we went for a short walk at Tryon Creek State Park; brought my tripod to attempt to take a too-rare family photo. First click: Other photos here. Hoping everyone had a nice holiday, in whatever way you celebrate!

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Whale watching on the Oregon Coast

Your Parks Go Guide reminds us that whale watching can be had right now: Gray whales are already passing Oregon’s coastline on their winter migration, and many more are on the way. Trained volunteers will be ready to help you … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: lorikeet

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Monday thought of the week: explorers

A thought: Children are natural explorers. They have the true explorer’s interest in their immediate surroundings as well as in faraway places, and they are eager to know why things are as they are… You can be a fellow explorer, … Continue reading

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Eclipse and Solstice

As you may know, tonight there is a lunar eclipse that will be visible in all of North America. Here in Portland, it is rather cloudy, so I don’t think we’ll see it. Back in 2008, we did see one … Continue reading

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Writer Jack Nisbet at Powell’s

Northwest writer Jack Nisbet will be at Powell’s in downtown Portland on January 10: Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River: Tracking David … Continue reading

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