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Covering the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest

September 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Welcome back, White Salmon River

A year after blowing up Condit Dam, the White Salmon River has come roaring back. Artist Elizabeth See’s painting of the White Salmon captures all of its unleashed beauty. To celebrate the return of the river, a rafting trip, salmon feed and more are planned for Saturday. The event includes low-cost whitewater rafting trips, a…

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September 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM

In memoriam: Naneum Rim Trail

I discovered the Naneum Rim Trail, No. 1234 in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, earlier this month. Right before it burned to a crisp. The Naneum Rim Trail offered views and beauty and birds, served up on a canyon rim with views to the far distance. Douglas MacDonald, photo Of course when forest fires burn, it is…

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September 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Just in time for fall: morning fog

It’s back: the bewitching touch of fog in the morning, ghosting over Puget Sound and winding through trees, buildings,and shimmering in the morning sunlight. Sometimes not dissipating until late in the afternoon, it converts even the most ordinary view into a dreamscape. Cranes on Seattle’s waterfront are lost in the fog on Friday afternoon as…

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September 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Not just any day job: the view from 11,000 feet

Scientists were atop Mount Rainier recently, servicing an array of volcano monitoring equipment. Jon Connolly, left, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network atop St. Andrew’s Rock on Mount Rainier with Marc Biundo of the USGS to service volcano monitoring equipment. Photo courtesy USGS Mount Rainier is, to be sure, one of life’s most beautiful work stations, an…

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September 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Elwha: The largest dam removal in history hits one-year mark

On Sept. 17, 2011, the region celebrated and the world watched as the largest dam removal ever in history got underway. Actually started a couple days earlier with the first whacks taken at Glines Canyon Dam on Sept. 15, dam removal on the Elwha has been proceeding ever since with dramatic results. This spectacular photo taken…

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September 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Don’t miss Monroe’s Swift Night Out, this Saturday evening

Celebrate the graceful flight of the swifts in Monroe, where they can be enjoyed at a community gathering this Saturday evening at the elementary school where they swoop dramatically into their chosen home, an old chimney where their flight has delighted people for years. Thousands of Vaux swifts prepare to swoop into their home: a…

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