Calliope Crossing, Sisters, OR

Ran down to Sisters, OR last Sunday night (6/30/2019) to view a leucistic sapsucker coming to a nest at a popular birding spot named Calliope Crossing, after the calliope hummingbird often seen here. Although we saw the sapsucker the next morning, with the help of OSU biologists who pointed out the nesting tree to us, […]

Birding South Texas, April 29 to May 5

Since we retired in 2016 we have been taking trips to visit parts of the US that are new to us, to observe the flora and fauna living there, and round out our life lists for the American Birding Association’s North American region. In 2016 it was the Klamath Mtns of Northern California for oaks […]

Enchanted Valley — Thomas Walmsley

Found this at an estate sale; was very appealing, my style, and very cheap. An Internet search found it was painted by Thomas Walmsley, an 18th century Irishman. I’m not alone; it was a very popular print in the mid-20th century; people bought the calm and relaxing picture for their homes. It even showed up […]

We will all be failures in 2019

This morning, the last day of 2018, the crescent moon, Venus, and Jupiter stood out in a mostly clear sky, and were then followed with a pastel sky before the sun rose. We are reminded that we enjoy the wonders of creation regardless of who were are and what we have done. Chad Bird in […]

Christmas Eve notes

A few thoughts… Why celebrate on the 25th of December? Because we’re too busy at other times of the year? It relieves the short-day depression many of us get in winter? Or perhaps it is tied to a superstition from the early centuries following Christ’s birth that a man dies on the same day of […]

we’re back!

After several years of inactivity, we’re back. The year of clouds was a fun exercise. However, it was mostly motivated by my day job, managing a set of WordPress sites for Washington State University. Well, that ended with my retirement over two years ago, and what a fun two years that’s been. No computer responsibilities. […]

so concludes a year of clouds

There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the […]

the author of eternal salvation

  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had […]

thy wonderful works

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalms 40: 5)