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Kaslo views

  Cameras were made for Kaslo. This picturesque village sits on a delta with its toes in Kootenay Lake and its head against the Selkirk Mountains. Its homes and historical buildings are well maintained, and the SS Moyie is a … Continue reading

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High-key redpolls

  There is an unusual form of lighting found in the natural world: the whiteout. When fog blankets a field of snow, the diffuse light leaves no shadows on nearby objects and the horizon vanishes between snow and fog. Enveloped … Continue reading

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Jus wanna be me

  Going my own way.  

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Perching imbalance

  I have long heard the question: Why don’t birds in a flock collide? It is an odd question in that it does not ask if they collide, but why they don’t collide. The short answer is: They do collide, … Continue reading

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Menu addition

  My father’s Shaeffer fountain pen. Essays, has been added to the above menu bar.  As the linked page notes: Sometimes a series of blog postings congeals into an essay. The page links to PDFs of recent ones. Some of these … Continue reading

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Mach bands

  Local wildfire smoke from this grim season had all but vanished when more flowed in from the south. As uncomfortable as it is, the smoke provides the hazy air that easily enables the identification of Mach bands. Mach bands … Continue reading

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By continuing to…

  Satire often gains its effect by joining disparate ideas. So it was that when I encountered: • The government of BC’s recent (partial) ban on hunting grizzlies; • A CBC story that told of the thrill of killing a … Continue reading

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Smoke colour

  Having one’s home on a wildfire Evacuation Alert is a stressful experience — but, it would be worse having one’s home on a wildfire Evacuation Order. Portraits of Local Wildlife: My presentation is this evening. The fire prompting the … Continue reading

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Murray, the marmot

  Murray, the Hoary Marmot, is a mugger. It hangs out near a popular sub-alpine trail and accosts passing hikers. Murray prefers those with bare arms and legs for it likes to lick salty limbs. Murray’s activity has a long … Continue reading

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Wildlife presentation

  When an organization invites me to give a presentation, I normally don’t bother with promotion. I make an exception for Science in the Park at Kokanee Creek — thus, this posting. This will be the fourth year I have … Continue reading

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