Some photos of Syrphid flies

I’m trying to learn to love these little syrphid flies…look, I’m the first to admit that I haven’t always been fond of syrphid flies, but since moving to Ireland, I’ve had to learn to love them…sometimes they’re the only pollinators out and about here! Here are some common syrphid flies I’ve seen this summer…mostly on […]

Invisible Visitors, by David Budbill

I’ve been traveling so much this year, this poem really resonated with me…just passing through, just passing through, just passing through… Invisible Visitors All through August and September thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of feathered creatures pass through this place and I almost never see a single one. The fall wood warbler migration goes by […]

A small section of the Loowit trail

I didn’t have enough time to hike as much of the Loowit trail as I would’ve liked, but I did have some fun rambling about on the boulders of this small section of the trail. The full trail goes all the way around the base of Mt. St. Helens…it’s 28 miles round trip, so I […]

Take a hike! (with me?) Lava Canyon, Mt. St. Helens National Monument

It’s pretty amazing to see the impact the explosion of Mt. St. Helens had on the surrounding landscape, completely deleting whole sections of forests, and revealing new features and topography. This lava canyon is one of the “new” features the eruption revealed, and it’s pretty fascinating! I would say this is a challenging hike if […]