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Everyday Should be Earth Day

 Rocky Ridge County Park. York County, Pennsylvania

Rocky Ridge County Park. York County, Pennsylvania

Although I believe that everyday should be Earth Day, I hope that each of you will contemplate what living on this big spaceship means to you. Our water, food, our air, and so many more things good and beautiful come from this planet.

Yesterday during a hike with my cousin at Rocky Ridge County Park, I was picking up trash along the way. There were no garbage cans to be found or signs noting that visitors should carry out their own trash. I know that in many instances, trash ends up in locations due to wind blowing it out of trash cans, but in some instances like this, it was clear that people were just careless.

I pick up trash whenever I can, but today I challenge you to pick up trash that you may find on your streets or in your natural areas. Not only is it unsightly, but many of these items end up in our waterways and eventually in our oceans. Many birds and sea life die because they mistake this trash for food (especially plastic bags which are my biggest pet peeve).

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Home in Pennsylvania

For those who didn't know, I relocated to Pennsylvania a little over a month ago after living in Portland, Oregon for four years. The move was very bittersweet; I didn't want to leave Oregon, but I also felt that I needed to move back to my home in Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. I am now living in south central Pennsylvania, in the small town of Mount Wolf where I grew up. (Coincidentally, it is also the hometown where our new governor, Tom Wolf, lives.) It has been nice to live close to my family for the first time in over 20 years, though it's a bit of a culture shock living in this part of Pennsylvania.

Admittedly, I'm not feeling as photographically inspired with the landscapes here as I was in the Pacific Northwest....where every corner was a magical paradise and you expected to see rainbows and unicorns. Perhaps I will eventually find my kick again...or perhaps a new niche. I have ventured out a few times now when there has been "weather". We have had two snowfalls and a number of foggy days (I always love fog!). 

While I have not been doing too much photography, I have been painting with watercolors again and doing quite a bit of knitting. 

Anyway, we had the largest snowfall of the season last night so I ventured out for a little drive today to capture some photos. One is featured above.

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Mandible Man!

I went for an early evening hike on Friday to one of my favorite local waterfalls, Latourell Falls, on the Columbia River Gorge.  It's a ridiculous short hike, but it's only 20 minutes from where I live.  And it's beautiful!  I could sit there for hours and just take it all in.

I didn't capture too many photos, but I wandered around, looking at details.  Sometimes it's good to just take it all in rather than being glued to a camera. I found this little weevil just hanging out on a leaf.  I never noticed how gnarly their mandibles were until I captured this photo.  It's like something out of a sci-fi movie!

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