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Walking Alone – Blaming Beavers

Walking Alone – Blaming Beavers

A woman walks the trail beside the upper beaver pond. Two young boys running in front of her come to an abrupt stop where overflow floods the trail. “Walk around,”...
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Walking Alone – Singing for No One

Walking Alone – Singing for No One

Alone, I scan the dim, mossy woods. It is early evening at the beaver pond, a time when anything could be stirring. At the far edge of the narrow flood,...
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Walking Alone – Trying to be More Birdbrained

Walking Alone – Trying to be More Birdbrained

Following a fitful night’s sleep, I am off to a later start than I had hoped, but it is still early by any diurnal standards, and the cool morning air...
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Walking Alone – Three Toes in the Muck

Walking Alone – Three Toes in the Muck

Ankle deep and slowly sinking into the watery moss, I probe the underlying muck with my tripod, searching for stable footing. Finding none, I walk the length of a submerged...
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Walking Alone – With the Only Robin in the World

Walking Alone – With the Only Robin in the World

The forest is mostly still this morning, as alone I stand beside the pond. Early sun offers dark reflections of lichen-draped, beaver-chewed trees. An American robin probes the muck at...
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Walking Alone – Bedroom Birding

Walking Alone – Bedroom Birding

This afternoon I change into pajamas and sequester, alone in my bedroom, hoping for a distraction-free space for writing. Desiring natural light, I raise the blinds, then recline on the...
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Walking Alone Hare There, and Everywhere

Walking Alone Hare There, and Everywhere

A pair of snowshoe hares scattering from the shoulder remind me why I like to get up early. Hares mostly feed at night, but the first tender shoots of spring...
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Walking Alone In the Right Place at the Right Time

Walking Alone In the Right Place at the Right Time

I don’t know where I am going this morning as I cross the bridge from Douglas Island toward downtown—out, I guess… somewhere… to take pictures of something. I am, of...
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Walking Alone – The Duck Test

Walking Alone – The Duck Test

Alone, I walk the wooded path along the edge of the pond. A light rain is falling, and I am pondering if the piles of wood chips next to the...
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