Photo of a Snowy Owl in Oregon

  12/18/2011 “What do you think?” said Marvin, “The newspaper reported a Snowy Owl has been sighted near Burns. Maybe we can catch a photo of a bird rarely seen in Oregon.” “It is the middle of December,” I replied, “and typically really, really cold in the high desert… It’s …

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Put Palouse Falls on your Bucket List

6/22/2012 “I would like to see Palouse Falls someday,” said Marvin, “It’s on my bucket list.” We were planning field trips for the summer. It’s unusual for Marvin to make a request so I was taking his suggestion seriously. Usually he is content with letting me decide where we go. …

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The Geographical Center of Oregon

“Have you been to the geographical center of Oregon?” Marvin’s question seemed innocently proposed but I knew better… he likes to use leading questions to start a conversation and it is likely that he already knows the answer. We were in Central Oregon, defined by three counties, Jefferson, Crook and …

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The Huge Tamarack Tree

26 August 2013: “Ralph, I know where there is a huge Tamarack tree.” Ralph and I were talking about big trees and I knew at the mention of one he hadn’t seen he would be ready to travel so I dropped the hat. “Let’s go give it a look.” My …

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