Month: August 2014

Boom goes the oak

Our mightiest oak lost a huge chunk with no warning (in the middle of the night (in calm weather)), but utterly failed to kill our neighbors. Scraped a gutter, knocked some stuff off their walls. Luck +1. Unwilling to let them live under a cloud of worry, we made the hard, painful decision to take the whole thing down. 160-180…

A walk in sand and grass

Common Californian aster near the end of the season on the Sand Lake estuary.

Common Californian aster near the end of the season on the Sand Lake estuary.

Looking north from an agricultural dike while crossing the Sand Lake estuary.

Looking north from an agricultural dike while crossing the Sand Lake estuary.

Native Oregon coast rose. Does this bulge make me look hippy?

Native Oregon coast rose. Does this bulge make me look hippy?

A creature whose essence is much-debated (a colony or a single organism), but who cheerfully ignores all the chatter and just focuses on being beautiful.

Velella. A creature whose essence is much-debated (a colony or a single organism?), but who cheerfully ignores all the chatter and just focuses on being beautiful.

I'm a crab, and I've molted, because no one grows without giving at least a little of themselves away.

I’m a crab, and I’ve molted, because no one grows without giving at least a little of themselves away.

Moving from wetlands to scrubby shore pine/hemlock/spruce forest on the Sand Lake estuary.

Moving from wetlands to scrubby shore pine/hemlock/spruce forest on the Sand Lake estuary.

South of the Sand Lake estuary, looking north toward Cape Lookout.

South of the Sand Lake estuary, looking north toward Cape Lookout.