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.

Sea Lion Branding in Oregon

By | 2017-09-24T03:36:04+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Blog, Endangered Species, Fishing & Hunting, Marine Mammals, Pacific Northwest|

Sea lions are being targeted for their catch of salmon at the dam. These marine mammals are often blamed for the problems which have, at their genesis, human technologies or practices: we built the dams, we destroyed wetlands, over-developed, polluted rivers, over-fished and thus depleted salmon numbers to these endangered levels.