Category: Observe

spotted this adorable orange chinned parakeet while resting in our hostel in la fortuna, costa rica

Birds of Costa Rica

Maybe it was the “Birds of North America” book that laid by my dying grandfather’s bed in his living room, or how we spent hours watching for and identifying birds through those windows … but I grew into my twenties fascinated by birds. Some day, I think, I’ll be a real birder. For now, I give you the Birds of Costa Rica, as I’ve been able to identify them.



homemade lantern in the liquor cabinet, next to a task herbal + liquor infusion

From Foraging to Programming to Dinner Parties to Decorating … a DIY Retrospective

It’s odd timing that I should bury myself in botanical & herbal reference books and foraging & homesteading cookbooks in the dead of winter – or slightly sinister. I might be setting myself up for failure. Luckily, there’s no better lesson than failure.



How to Not Gain 10 Pounds on a Cruise (and still eat what you want)

I wanted to wait a few days before sharing my final cruise & 30 Day Challenge update, as I needed some time to breathe and check-in on some (fun to me) stats. Top Question: Did I gain the Comfy Cruise 10? No! I wasn’t so sure about this, so I waited a day and then



Bridge City Bridge Club inspired Card Game Genealogy

The legend is true. I play bridge. It started a few years ago when I was dating a lawyer and we were looking for “the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised.” 1 Actually, I can’t remember what kicked off the intrigue, only that a friend had invited us



Misumena Vatia (Crab Spider) and a Wasp

Caught on Macro: Watching a Spider Kill a Wasp

The highlight of my trip to Estacada today was playing with my make-shift macro lens in an attempt to photograph a bee or a wasp, only to catch it getting caught for brunch by a peculiar spider. (I sometimes take off my lens, turn it around and hold it against the camera body with my



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“Put a Bird on It” – visitors to Kaua’i

On my recent trip to Kaua’i, I spotted more birds than several of my visits to Maui. This could be due to the large number of roaming Red Junglefowl, or that once I started looking, I couldn’t stop. Of all the birds I did notice, it seems a majority were brought here over the past



night rider

Ride By: pt 2

A trio from a ride to Kennedy School one fine Saturday. As the sun began to set, I found myself wanting to peer inside windows and catch glimpses of people settling in next to lamps and fire lights. Instead, I realized I forgot my own bike lights and did my best to pedal on. I’d



grilled cheese grill double decker bus

Ride by Shooting: Take 1

Warning: do not try this at home nor on the streets w/out proper helmet and balance. Compared to last week’s experiment, from the “safety” of my car, I found that I was less likely to capture people from my bike. Instead, I focused on architecture or waited until I was comfortably seated behind a book



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drive by shooting: 2

Last week I posted some new photos from a 1 day photo project: browse Portland by car. Before I post photos from this weekend’s shoot: “Ride by Shooting”, here’s a few more from the safety of my car. Click here to view the first batch. [view on flickr]



portland, oregon

drive by shooting

A one day photo project: browse Portland by car. It’s easy to get caught up in traffic when sitting behind a steering wheel, so I decided to take a deeper look at what I’m not seeing when I keep my eyes on the bumper in front of me. Here’s a few of my immediate faves



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Mr Quackles, a Lonely Duck

This past weekend, I went with some friends to Astoria for the 25th Anniversary of the Goonies celebration and was blessed with a day of sunshine, delicious food at the Columbian Cafe – without a doubt, the best brunch on the Pacific Coast. As we checked out the “for sale” sign on the house next



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San Fransisco in Pictures

Been a while since you’ve visited the city or never been? Check out some cool scenery and take a walk down impressive Mural Alley. And while you’re there, help me figure out some intriguing found plants. San Fransisco (and Outside Lands Festival) in Pictures.



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