Dressed in White – Drumheller Overlook and Columbia N.W.R.

The last flurries of winter still drape over the coulees of central Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March? Snow end in sight.

With our second snowiest February butting up against a freezer-box March, it doesn’t appear a spring thaw is coming to the Inland Northwest any time soon.

 

With our second snowiest and fifth coldest February on record, the winter just won’t let up. Here’s our latest adventure in white.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horseshoe Lake Drainage – Autumn

Fall colors visit the Little Spokane River Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Crater Lake

Always intriguing, Crater Lake acquires an increased dimension of mystery under the smoke of this summer’s wildfires.

 

 

 

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England Part II – The Isle of Ely

Its name taken before the draining of the fens, Ely offers a wonderful day of exploration.

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Spokane River – 9 Mile to 7 Mile

July along the Spokane River.

 

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168 Extracted Words – The Tease – May 2017

May 2017

I write flash fiction, non-fiction, essays and novels. This month’s Tease is from a work in progress.

So they were scum. That didn’t mean they weren’t doing something good.

“Now, we requested a picture from each of our honorees, something showing what the marshes mean to them. What we didn’t tell them was … those pictures will be used as background for the informational kiosk at the entrance to the main trailhead. We have brought enlargements of the three pictures on stage here tonight.” She again utilizes her thin hands, directing the gathered eyes toward the edge of the stage where three easels stand, covered with canvases that might once have belonged to a dry walling firm, large white blotches, like vitiligo, blanching their forms. As she introduces the first honoree, the tainted canvas is pulled from her picture, revealing a moose with water and camas dropping from its jowls. The dark brown mass of fur is a blunted cigarette burn against the early morning sunrise igniting marsh mist and arrow pines. The crowd acknowledges the exemplary effort.

As she steps to the microphone, he straightens his beard with his hand and shouts, “Bravo!”