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Truth and Ambivalence in Photography

By | 2017-09-24T01:58:25+00:00 July 9th, 2013|Animal Behavior, Bird Species, Blog, Herons and Egrets, Pacific Northwest, Sea Scale Snail, Seattle +, Wildlife Ethics|

As a volunteer in a wildlife hospital, the training involves detachment — because you will let go. Whether it is through the rehabilitation and subsequent release of the animal, or through that animal’s death, the relationship ends, as it should, when the animal is freed to his or her rightful destiny. Everything from objective language to silent, limited interaction with the patients is part of that process.

Faces of the 18th Weir

By | 2017-09-24T01:59:55+00:00 July 1st, 2013|Blog, Pacific Northwest, Sea Scale Snail, Seattle +|

They sit suspended at the 18th weir, these scaled faces in the sockeye crowd. It's the window to their water world, the portal from ocean to stream to lake, where their gills remember the taste of fresh after years in the salty sea -- and where they lead -- at least in part -- by magnetic memories of the gravel beds where they were born.

Sleeping With the Fishes

By | 2017-09-24T02:04:11+00:00 June 16th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Ospreys, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

This isn't the first time I've seen an Osprey napping with a fish in his talons. Last year, while observing the platform way across Seattle's long-abused-but-recovering Duwamish River I watched a male Osprey land on a utility pole, clutching a half-eaten meal. A crow who'd been tailing the Osprey, landed alongside. The Osprey perched, adjusted -- then appeared to doze off.