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Forest Humor

What are those blooms? I thought when I walked past the noble fir we bought as a live Christmas tree a number of years ago, and planted. They weren’t flowers, they were the cones which had either shed many of … Continue reading

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World Famous Airborne Moss Gardens

A narrow strip of land from northern California to southwestern British Columbia is the home of the only palmatum group of maples found outside of Asia, Acer circinatum – Vine Maple. How did they get here? Seeds carried on winds … Continue reading

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Let There be Dust

Months of rain make having dry places for the chickens a must. Rolling around in the dust is a favorite pastime of the chickens. Sunshine pouring down on them as they roll around in the dust is just a fantasy … Continue reading

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Before the Storm

The forecast is for another windy night and a blustery day tomorrow. Before the trees and branches come crashing down, while it is still calm, I sneak off into the winter woods. One of the first things I encounter is … Continue reading

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Hidden Life of Trees

2018 ended with one last tofu delivery to the Anacortes Food Co-op yesterday. These are not serene lakes reflecting the mountains, these are flooded fields in the Skagit Valley. In the summer, these “lakes” will be fields of waving wheat … Continue reading

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Chickens on a Walkabout

On a quiet winter morning, the chickens are on one of their walkabouts. Do they dare each other to see how far they can venture into the woods? Rain is not their favorite thing, so any dry weather they can … Continue reading

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Dreams of Spring

Born a few days early, I checked underneath Daisy this morning like I do every day to make sure no other hen has laid a fresh egg among the eggs she is incubating, heard a peep, and saw a broken … Continue reading

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