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A scant mile from the devastating Oso mudslide, the Rhodes River Ranch has been a staging area for rescue operations.

They are hosting a benefit fundraiser this weekend. Come on by & enjoy great music, food, and do some good while you're at it.  Art has donated a print and book that you can bid on as well. 

Where: Rhodes River Ranch
22016 Entsminger Road,
Oso, WA 98223

Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/zhOCB
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When: Saturday, April 5th, 1-7pm

What: Silent Auction, Pasta meal & music
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A nice surprise today to see that my 2010 picture of the Elwha River Valley from Hurricane Ridge was used as the masthead photograph for the +Washington Trails Association annual Thanksgiving thank you letter to their supporters!

BTW if you are a fan of the Washington outdoors and aren't familiar with the WTA, you should be.  They are a powerhouse of local outdoor advocacy in both word and deed, and you've probably hike on a trial they have built or maintained.  If you can tear your eyes away from the picture -- I know it's hard to -- also check out some of the WTA numbers for 2013:  104,000 hours of volunteer trail maintenance (!!!), 190 trails built, maintained, or protected, and over 26% of volunteers are youth and teens (a.k.a. the next generation of hikers and advocates).  They also lobby Washington State government in Olympia for issues relating to trails and trail access, for example simpler rules regarding Discover Passes.
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An interesting article by Cliff Mass about how the big Rim fire near Yosemite fire is affecting much of the US and Canada.

http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2013/08/yosemite-smoke-affects-northwest-and.html
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As odd as it may sound I'd actually gotten a bit blase about pictures from the ISS.  The image are incredible, no doubt, but they were starting to look the same.  (Maybe I see more of them than is typical because I follow some astronauts.)  However, this collection of timelapse videos is different than what has come before, exceptionally beautiful and inspiring.  If you don't have time to watch the whole thing at least check out the aurora sequence that starts at 12:25, which IMO is the most beautiful and new.

Though not the point of this video, I also found it inspiring that the foregrounds of many of the sequences include portions of the ISS from Russia and Japan, two countries with which the US has been at war (hot or cold) in the not too distant past.  They are proof by example that it is possible for countries to overcome their differences, and that some of our present day enemies are likely to become our future friends even if it is difficult to imagine that now.
 
Tip: You'll need recovery time after watching this masterpiece produced by +Christoph Malin. 
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After spending the last few years stalking grand landscapes I'd forgotten how beautiful it can be to take a simple hike through the trees after a new snowfall.  Typically a big snow load like this would be falling off the trees by mid afternoon on the first sunny day after a storm, but thanks to yesterday's cold temperatures we were treated to a full day of being surrounded by the quiet luster.
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And my sympathy for those without power, extra hardships in the cold....just MISS Colorado....♥
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This is a wonderful example of using fine art photography to raise awareness of environmental issues in a new way.  IMO his picture of the American pivot irrigator and the Indian step well are especially beautiful, new, interesting, and illuminating, while at the same time encouraging us to look, literally, and some visual manifestations of how we are managing our water supply.
 
Video: Canadian photographer of "Water", Edward Burtynsky discusses three photographs in detail http://econ.st/HxoGLL
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This trio of scene-stealing horses was next to me in line for the Bainbridge Ferry yesterday.  They were totally hamming it up as people walked by, letting people rub their noses and trying to steal the ice cream cones of careless passers by.  It was like the trailer was their portable stage.  Fun!
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Very often during a natural disaster aid flows in for the human victims but the animal victims are overlooked.  If you want to contribute to Sandy relief please consider donating to animal relief efforts.

I've been looking around online to see what organizations are sending aid, and so far all I've been able to find are the two large national organizations: the ASPCA and the Humane Society.  In particular, the ASPCA is "setting up a distribution center in Syracuse, New York with 4,000 sheltering units, which contain pet food, crates, food bowls, toys, and anything else an animal may need. They’re also standing with water rescue units should they be called."  

Emergency shelters in NY are required to accept pets as well as their owners.  I don't know if the the major relief organizations (Red Cross, etc.) provide food and essentials for pets, but I'm guessing they do not.  So even though pets are accepted in shelters it may be difficult for their owners to find food for them in the coming days so this effort for the ASPCA might make a difference.

If anyone knows of other good, effective animal relief organizations that are mobilizing to help with Sandy's animal victims please post something here.  I would like to send some contributions and I'm sure there are others who want to also, but not all of us know where our donations will do the most good.

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Storm can smash some of the things for some time but not the spirit of USA. Wishing you fast and speedy recovery. Appealing everybody to co-operate in the acts of recovery in whatever capacity you may All our thought are with you.#sandy#prayforusa# Redcross  www.akshayapatra.org
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Landscape photographer in Issaquah, Washington
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I'm a photographer specializing in large fine art prints of Pacific Northwest landscapes.  While I don't specifically limit myself to the mountains, lately that has been where most of my inspiration and best prints have come from.  In addition to photography I also enjoy backpacking, snowshoeing, and sailing.

I'm involved with the Seattle chapter of the Mountaineers, where I help teach the Showshoe, Navigation, and Basic Climbing courses.  I've also contributed some of the large framed photographs that hang in their main Program Center.

From 1994 - 2010 I had a chocolate lab named Mocha.  During that period most of my spare time involved doing things in which she could participate too.  She had AKC titles in Tracking and Flyball, but mostly we just hiked all over the place, played lots of fetch, and she rolled in smelly things while I told her over and over to stop.

I used to be an avid bicyclist but that has mostly fallen by the wayside since I moved from flat states to Washington, where I immediately fell in love with the combination of mountains and water and have been spending as much as I can around them ever since.

My day job is as a software engineer at Google in Kirkland, WA.
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