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Defiant in December: Flowers that Dare to Bloom on the Oregon Coast

Just a day or two before these pictures, much of Seaside awoke to a thick glaze of Jack Frost’s finest work. Yet, there were a few brave flowers to be found on the boardwalk. 196 more words

Sights to see soon, Seattle: SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK


(5551 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116)

It’s free to wander the trails of this wonderful city park in West Seattle. It is a patch of old growth forest. 96 more words

Nobody Picks Salal

Blackberry brambles and rose hips
This never was an easy task
Winding vines of thorns
Vengful horns and a tree frog
Tucked into a rose blossom… 45 more words


Forager's Forecast

It was evident at last weekend’s Wild Edible Plants and Food Foraging class that berry season is upon us!  It has been an unusual harvest year with many wild foods appearing and ripening here much earlier than “normal.”  Here are just a few of the edible favorites that we gathered and enjoyed in the varied dishes gracing our table. 406 more words



This story was found, rolled up scrollish, in an old, water tight film canister, tucked in the niche of a driftwood log. I pieced the brittle scraps into a mosaic, and glued them to a cedar slab Godfrey had brought home, long ago for our beach sandal  and travel bag window display. 729 more words

A Few Natives

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw. ~Henry David Thoreau

Coppertop gardens are loaded with easy-care Washington native plants, from trees to shrubs to weeds. 276 more words

Native American Uses of the Forest

By Bruce Rottink, Volunteer Nature Guide and Retired Research Forester

For thousands of years before settlers from the eastern United States or Europe arrived in the vicinity of what is now Tryon Creek State Natural Area (TCSNA), Native Americans called this forest home. 1,052 more words

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