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Sea Star Wasting Disease

Pacific Coast

Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been fascinated by low tides and tide pools. For years I  dragged my kids and whoever would go with me to low tide, especially the extreme low tides that occur 3 or 4 times a year. I’ve taken hundreds of photos of starfish in the last  7 years and the sun starfish has always been my favorite. I have a particular location in Edmonds that I go to where there has always been tons and tons of starfish during extreme low tides. For more info on that spot click here. A photo I had taken at this particular beach of a crawling sun starfish won an honorable mention in the Seattle Times Photos of the year.  (Pictured below)



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Back to Fir Island

Fir Island, Skagit Valley Washington

Hayton Bird Reserve



My good friend brought me to Fir Island last year for a day of photography, and after a very successful day I knew I would have to return again. I live only a short distance from Skagit, so when the weather is cooperating I can easily drive up and see what is waiting for me. The snow geese are present from late fall to April, but the best time to go is after mid January when hunting season is over. For more details you can refer to my past post from last year. There are some incredible snow geese shots you might enjoy. FIR ISLAND 

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Heirman Wildlife Preserve

Heirman Wildlife Preserve

Snohomish Washington                                                                                                                               




One day while driving in Snohomish on our way back from Flower World, my daughter and I stopped at a park we had recently read about. On a whim we decided to walk the trail to see what we might bump into. Fortunately I had my camera with me.

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Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle Wa.
March 2008

Our family has been going to Woodland Park Zoo ever since our kids were very young and I am still in awe every time as I walk through the park admiring the lushness that is so typical of our beloved Pacific Northwest. Don’t get me wrong, I love the animals too (especially when I have my camera in hand) but when I am there I also think of it as a nice little hike. The thought of a flourishing park sitting right in the middle of an urban setting is a brilliant one. City dwellers can take a break from the traffic and get lost amongst the trees (and animals).

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