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Leaving The Picket Line

Like remnant pickets, vestiges of an old farmhouse fence, fly fishers line up along the Gastineau Channel shoreline. Their fly rods, like tall late summer grasses bowing in a restless...
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What it Takes

What it Takes

The skiff rolled right, left and back, as the bow slammed over another crest, and into a confused, shifting valley. My camera case jumped from the bench and slammed into...
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Walking Alone, With Brownies

Walking Alone, With Brownies

On either side of the trail through the woods, in shaded pockets in the folds of the open mountainside, and tucked under the north sides of old logs in the...
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A Whale By Any Other Name

A Whale By Any Other Name

Two miles in front of our little skiff, near the south end of Shelter Island, a blast of water erupts from the surface of the ocean, rises 15 feet, hangs...
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What Would Phil Connor Do?

It is the first day of July, 2020, but like every other day this summer, the date didn’t matter much when I awoke this morning. Honestly, it feels more like...
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Walking Alone with White Privilege

Driving home from work one evening about thirty years ago, I noticed an unmarked police car parked in front of a gas station. As I passed by, the car pulled...
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Walking Alone with Nothing to Say

Following several weeks of being driven to write, I have for the past couple weeks, been without much to say. My walks in the woods and photos of wildlife seem...
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Walking Alone on Ascension Day

Walking Alone on Ascension Day

Sitting alone on a trailside bench, I look up at Bullard Mountain. The peak, haloed by dense white cloud, reminds me of long ago Sunday morning images of the Tower...
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Walking Alone – Saying Hello

Walking Alone – Saying Hello

A woodpecker lands just outside the entrance to his new cavity, looks around, then disappears into the void. Moments later, her head appears in the entrance, beak full of wood...
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