Ospreys at the Bowl and Pitcher

On a rainy trail above the Spokane River.

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Little Spokane River Natural Area – South Bank

Pictures from the LSR trails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrow Point

An early spring visit to Lake Coeur d’Alene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing 101 – Day 9 … Recharging

Writing and not writing, taking a break from typing, not from observing.

pa070343Our day nine assignment for Writing 101 is to create a post about what we do when we are not writing. I consider these “breaks” to be a separation from the keyboard, but not a complete divorce from the process of writing. All the inputs for written pieces are gathered as we live our lives.

Hemingway was very adamant about not writing when you were done for the day. Put it away. Recharge for the next go around. I agree with that sentiment. Hemingway likened this act to allowing a well to fill back up with water after being emptied. The image that works for me is a snow cornice hanging on an alpine cliff in a blizzard. It builds until the next time I’m typing, ice piling up, moaning, creaking, cracking, but holding on, until I re-open that document file, then crash! It all comes flowing out.

Putting writing aside serves two purposes. One is the aforementioned recharging of the creative batteries. But the other, observation, is just as important. Stepping away from the piece you are working on allows you to observe the world around you. When I’m involved in anthropocentric activities, I never miss the opportunity to people watch. I gather mannerisms, pick up dialogue, remember names.

Yes, I can be a real nosy bastard.

But even more enjoyable for me is getting away from people. My free time is often spent on the trail with my four-pawed friend and companion, Avalon. She loves water and so our adventures usually involve a lake or river. Time in the backcountry also presents unique opportunities for observation and gleaning new settings.

No matter how you spend it, time away from writing can be as important as the writing itself.

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Quartz Mountain – Aptly Named

Quartz Mountain, just south of  Mt. Spokane, offers spectacular, views.

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The views from Quartz Mountain are spectacular, but the sights along the trail, including Nordic huts, weathered trees and the stones that inspired its name, are part of the story as well.

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Another Feryn Ranch

St. Patrick’s Day offered meager amounts of green on our latest visit.

The greening of the fields and creek banks at Feryn Ranch are still weeks away, but the creamy brown hues of the refuge’s reeds and cattails make worthy subjects.

 

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Shadows of Spring – Pine River Park

A sunny day at Pine River Park foreshadows spring.

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Pine River Park on the Little Spokane River provides a sunny prelude to the coming change of seasons.

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Hello Fall, Again

Color, color, color. Another post on Fall colors.

 

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What can I say? It’s my favorite time of the year.

 

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Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for wildfowl and wildlife.

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The following are some pics from our recent visit to the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge near Cheney, Washington.

 

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Mt. Spokane – Bald Knob Trail

Mt. Spokane’s Bald Knob trail offers expansive views with a touch of history.

 

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In the first week of September, we hiked the Bald Knob trail to some high meadows and a restored CCC cabin. Here are some pics.

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