Cause and Effect

     You may have noticed in my musings a strong distaste for what we humans are doing to the earth. If not, you will probably pick up on it on this page. At the same time I have and enjoy using some of the very technology that is at least partly responsible.
    So, should I and the millions of others who likely have similar feelings, stop using these things? Probably. But for one alone to do so would be futility and for all of us to agree to do so would be about as likely as making it to the moon with parts from a Model A. If we ignore the situation it may go away, but it seems certain to take us with it. What then should we do?
    Find the cause, the basic root cause, of the problem. Then see what will remove the cause and repair the effects. Years ago I was helped to do that and have been continuously aided in keeping the cause and the answer clearly in mind ever since. Consequently, I can enjoy all the beauty and wonder of creation that still exists, and look the ugly and harmful "straight in the eye", knowing there is help on the way.

Old Tree in Yellowstone


     Like the photo of my wife and son on page 2, this is recovered from a bad print I made in my darkroom. The negative is lost.
    I was in Yellowstone NP when I was too young to remember. I was there again in 1980 with my youngest son when he was too young to remember. I had my camera and this is one of the two pictures I took worth keeping. I'm not really sure there were two but if I find the other one I'm covered.
    I always intended to return with more time, money and equipment and explore this wonderful corner of the earth. Now I could do that, but due to the abundance of people close to the road and my inability to venture far from it anymore myself, I probably won't.
Mt Rainier behind powerlines

My, How We Have Improved Things

     The landscape above has no "improvements" such as lights (well, sun , moon and stars) power, (except maybe to awe) or water (not counting the melt from the glaciers).
    The landscape to the right, however has obviously been much "improved". Besides what is immediately visible, the excavation in the foreground has since been filled with "better" dirt for the construction of a large warehouse. The air has an "improved" pinkish cast mostly from our means of transportation, much "improved" over the last century or so.
    I have learned the reason these things are and I know how they will end. If I didn't I would be terribly saddened by this picture.
Meadow Vole

Meadow Vole

     This is a Meadow Vole. It can have up to 12 litters a year. The rest of the time it eats. It is especially fond of the roots on my 'mostly used to be' snowberry bushes. It will also eat cracked corn like it is doing here.
    On the other hand, it becomes food for hawks, owls, crows, racoons and the half-dozen or so house cats in the area.
    So far I'm able to live with the loss of a few plants, but the pellet rifle is nearby, and if it comes to them or me, I won't go easy.
White Pelicans


     This picture makes me think of a cartoon I've seen somewhere of two children just discovering gender differences.
    Quite often pictures of birds and animals show poses or expressions that seem almost human. But they aren't. Humans alone have the power of reason.
    Don't they?
Finch in bush overlooking Columbia River

Surveying His Kingdom

     I am not anti-social, I just like being alone. This finch with his back warmed by the early morning sun, gazing out at the Columbia river, epitomizes one of my greatest pleasures. Breaking away from the flock, taking some time to observe and reflect on the wonders of creation. Soon he will rejoin others of his kind and go about the everyday matters of life, but for this moment, the world is his. And mine.
    I see pictures and read of cities with upwards of 15 million people. And I understand the rural areas surrounding these cities are as populated as some of the cities of the midwestern U.S. I feel very bad for someone born into that environment and so glad that I was not.
    I have learned that Lemmings, a rodent similar to the vole, don't really run en masse over the edge of a cliff during periods of population boom. Oh well, that probably isn't the best solution anyway.


     Coyotes don't usually stick around when they see you seeing them. This one was no exception. I was in the truck and the moment I came into view he was off and running. But the camera was on the seat beside me ready to go, so I hit the brakes and grabbed. Just as I stopped and pointed he stopped and looked. I snapped a rapid burst of shots and this is the only one in which he wasn't moving. Within seconds he was over the edge of the ravine in the background.
    Just a note; most of my bird and animal pictures are taken with strong telephoto lenses which compress distance making the front to back perspective seem less than it is. Also most are "cropped", that is a portion of the original image has been cut away, therefore the subject often seems much closer than it is.
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