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Wetlands Couch

In the Puget Sound area, we have more opportunities to reduce, reuse, recycle than just about anywhere else in our galaxy. Why, then, are appliances, electronics, carpets, all types of furniture, and bags of trash routinely set out on the street or dumped into sensitive areas?

Nothing says, “I’m too lazy to go to the thrift store or use Craigslist” than part of a couch on the edge of a wetlands area. Am I assuming a motive? Yes. But you’d be amazed at how much time your local government agencies spend picking up things that could have been donated or otherwise easily disposed of. On your dime, by the way.

We have made such a mess of the world we were told to take care of… and through our slovenly laziness thoughtlessly make our garbage someone else’s problem. Perhaps Dante’s third circle is not about slush and rain but being forced to pick up all the beer bottles, McDonald’s wrappers, and old stereos thrown into the bushes over one’s lifetime. Backwards, blindfolded, and in a padded sumo suit with ridiculously large floppy clown shoes.

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Every January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day. What are you doing for the noble, nimble nut-burying ninjas in your backyard this year? Here are some smashing ideas from the National Wildlife Federation.

And if you don’t appreciate this compilation of squirrel videos, your cat will.

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Driving through Kenmore, Washington last Sunday– the day of the big Seahawks game versus the Panthers– I spotted these two feathered fans at a major intersection.

Kirkland has its cow and coyote statue that is duly decorated for such occasions, but I’d never seen these bike racks gussied up before. So I grabbed ye olde cell phone camera.

Herons are dear to Kenmore. There is a colony of Great Blue Herons at the Kenmore Park and Ride right on bustling Bothell Way. Who ever thought a park and ride would be a birding hot spot?

Seahawks Herons 1-17-16

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Happy New Year all! Despite our second rainiest December on record here in the Seattle area, we had a brilliantly sunny and frosty New Year’s Day as we often do. Temperatures actually got into the 20s last night, which doesn’t happen that often.

New Year’s Day morning I was bird watching and spotted this handsome couple, who were taking turns bobbing for breakfast. At first they alternated their acrobatics, then synced up. If Duck Diving with the Stars was a real show, they’d have won first prize.

Mallards 1-1-16 1Mallards 1-1-16 2Mallards 1-1-16 3

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If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. –Douglas Adams

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This month at Bothell, Washington’s famed Country Village shopping center, two reindeer are greeting visitors before they suit up for their Christmas Eve flight with Santa.

Reindeer 12-15 1

At first I thought Dasher (or Dancer?) was using the friendly neighborhood horse statue to itch her head, but reindeer evidently rub against available objects to remove velvet from their antlers, leave scents, etc. 

Reindeer 12-15 2

All done. Now to blend in with the sculpture.

Reindeer 12-15 3

Time to throw in some Chuck Berry (he’ll be 90 next year!)…

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From Slooh.com, Santascope Provides Live Coverage Of Santa Over The Full Moon On Christmas Eve:

Children around the world can capture some unique Christmas magic in a gift from Slooh.

…Slooh has a special Christmas treat for our viewers. The Full Moon will be high in the sky during Santa’s trip, and Slooh astronomers say they might be able to catch a glimpse of jolly Saint Nick and his sleigh, from our SantaScope, as they pass in front of the Full Moon.

This is the first time the Full Moon has fallen on Christmas since 1977, and Slooh will enable you to capture Santa and his flying reindeer in our StarShare camera, which will be made available to the public for free for this day. Kids will be given the chance to snap their own photo of Santa Claus flying across the Full Moon, before visions of sugar plums dance in their heads!

We’ll be capping off the night with a special appearance by the Christmas Comet at Midnight EDT. Many believe the biblical Star of Bethlehem may have actually been a comet streaking through the night sky, guiding the Wise Men on their journey to greet the baby Jesus.

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Dude, I was there.

Stonehedge 12-22-15

Well, a friend told me solstice was technically just before 10 Pacific time last night, and this is one letter off, but you should celebrate solstice for a full 24 hours, like a holiday, right?

Washington State actually has a Stonehenge at Maryhill near the Columbia Gorge. The Sam Hill built it nearly a century ago and is buried nearby. He intended it as a World War I memorial.

Maryhill Stonehenge

I did not have time to run to that Stonehenge at lunch, only Stonehedge.

Learn more about the dozen or so celestial events Stonehenge is tuned into and more of its amazing intricacies here.

Stonehenge

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