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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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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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Lewis River

Lewis River, Washington.

Lewis River, Washington.

I haven't posted much in recent months.  I've had a lot going on in my life.  A lot of mostly not-so-good stuff.  But things are looking up....sort of.  A little green from the forest always helps the spirit!  And spring has sprung in Portland.  A few weeks ago, actually.  I take daily walks around my neighborhood.  Or a hike somewhere.  This past weekend I explored more areas around the Lewis River in southwestern Washington state.  It was ethereal with the moss and the haze from a light rain.

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