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Hike to Burroughs Mountain, Mt Rainier National Park

Mt Rainier is an iconic landmark that rises above western Washington in the United States. On a clear day, the white cone stands out against the landscape and can be seen from a hundred miles away. It has a presence that you can’t escape. The flight paths of many airplanes into the Seattle airport often […]

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Saltwater Crocodile: What do these words bring to you?

Saltwater crocodile: what goes through your mind when you hear these words spoken: Maybe man-eater, vicious, cold-blooded killer, scary reptile, tropical Australia, or maybe Crocodile Dundee movies? For me, I think magnificent crocodilian, prehistoric predator, an animal from the time of dinosaurs, and oh, do I want to see one in the wild. As I […]

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Laughing Kookaburra: a Stunning Member of the Kingfisher Family

When I was young, I loved going downstairs on Saturday mornings in mid-winter to watch Tarzan movies. Johnny Weissmuller’s call would reverberate through the house to my mother’s vexation. In my pajamas, I would curl up in a blanket on the floor in front of our black and white TV and become engrossed in the […]

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Bald Eagles in the Fog along Puget Sound

The fog created an eerie feeling to our walk on the beach. It wrapped around us like a winter quilt. I could feel the dampness on my cheeks, and the air tasted salty. We had come to North Whidbey Island along Puget Sound in Washington to see what birds we might find. To our left, we […]

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A Family Outing

I rounded the corner and spotted her sitting beside a bush. Her fine features, dainty little hands, and smooth curves took my breath away. I couldn’t help but stare at her. She flexed open and shut her delicate small fingers and brought her hands together and then apart as she chewed quietly on something. Occasionally, […]

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