Pear blossoms & tulips
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Sometimes the object of the pic is all that is needed – and looking at it from a different angle than normal

Mary’s Peak
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First time up the highest point in the OR Coastal Range, Mary’s Peak, and it did not disappoint. After reading the recent trip reports from All Trails, I prepared for snow and ice, but anticipated better conditions than reported given … Read More

Spencer Butte 5x in 30 days(ish)
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A sequence of 5 hikes on Spencer Butte (the rambles) started the first week of March. Ramble 1 Ramble 2 Ramble 3 Ramble 4 Yesterday was #5. Trends over that time: Fewer animals and smaller, less mud, more flowers, more … Read More

Spencer Butte ramble #4
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This morning was colder than any recent rambles with the temperature <32 to start out with a nearly full moon setting. Atmosphere seemed hazy so distance pics were worthless, but the trillium were blooming as were the dogwood. The people … Read More

Walking around town – last week March 21
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There were some great days recently with sunshine, spring winds and the expected explosion of color and life First, the flowers and fruit tree buds Second, the birds … a nesting goose and two jays

Another climate activists killed
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I realize that if I document every climate activist murder, that would be the dominant post category (and I’d be even crankier) – but to ignore these murders or even consider them normal is just wrong. Simply wrong. Grist put … Read More

What the grid needs – really?
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Utility Dive this morning posted an opinion piece with this lead-in, quote: “This week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) kicks off a series of technical conferences on “Modernizing Electricity Market Design” with an examination of the role of centralized capacity markets … Read More

Spence Butte ramble 2021 #3
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This morning was colder than the previous 2 weeks, and much more / heavier fog. It was 8-9 miles before the fog completely cleared. This was pretty much the same ramble as before, though going to the top of the … Read More