What might the native prairie have looked like?

It's hard to imagine what America's prairies looked like when they were unspoiled. Today, more than 95% of our prairies and grasslands have been repurposed for agriculture. The last remnants are so highly fragmented that it's a fight to keep non-native invasive species from taking over. Prairies and grasslands were once thought to be ecological wastelands, a monoculture of grass…

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Asotin Creek

[caption id="attachment_483" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bighorn Sheep at Asotin Creek.[/caption] It's funny that only two weeks ago, I was clearing snow from my driveway, and now there's hardly any sign of winter left on the Palouse. Instead of snow, it rained for nearly a week straight. So when we caught a break in the weather on Saturday, I was quite happy…

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Palouse Photography: Waiting for the right light

This post will demonstrate just how fast light can change, especially during sunrise and sunset. [caption id="attachment_478" align="aligncenter" width="500"] View of Moscow Mountain and the Idaho Palouse.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_479" align="aligncenter" width="500"] View of Moscow Mountain and the Idaho Palouse.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_481" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Moscow Mountain and the Idaho Palouse at sunset.[/caption] These three images, taken in the same location on…

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A President’s Weekend in McCall

I can't believe February is almost over an I haven't made any posts yet. I've been plugging along with classes and research and laying fairly low for financial reasons. I'm not skiing this year, which helps out in keeping my costs down. I have been snowshoeing more this winter than in the past, and that's helping to keep me in…

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2013: A Year in Photographs

This year, I have fallen behind in my photography pursuits. It's in part due to the events in February, and part due to not having the funds or time to get out as much as I'd have liked. I've been looking through some stats tracking the number of photos I've taken over the past few years, though a better metric…

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Snowshoeing Moose Creek

Last week, winter returned to the Palouse. We got about six inches of snow in Deary, most of which was still around over the weekend. On Sunday, I joined a group of students and post-docs for a snowshoeing trip to Moose Creek. Although it was a foggy and overcast day, we had a great time. I'm always amazed at how…

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An update on the Hawk Owl

It's been over a week since a Northern Hawk Owl was spotted hanging out across a busy street from a shopping mall in Moscow, Idaho, but the bird is still here and reliably seen in the same locations. I've now seen the bird four times and may continue to watch and observe it until it is no longer a novelty.…

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