Evening Grosbeak, Payette Lake, Idaho

The Same, But Different


WC spent the Memorial Day weekend in Central Idaho, on Payette Lake. At a little over 5,000 feet – an altitude that in Alaska supports only rock, ice and lichen – it presents a Ponderosa Pine forest, with trees up to five feet in diameter. True, the forest is damaged by over-cutting, wildfires and Pine Beetles,…

Would you buy a used car from this man?

A Trump Chronology


Sometimes for a lawyer the best way to organize evidence to evaluate whether or not there is a case is to prepare a chronology. The sequence and timing of events, after all, is itself evidence. And sometimes that evidence is indiscernible until you construct such a chronology. WC has undertaken to create a chronology for…

Lewis's Woodpecker, Soldier Creek, Camas County, Idaho

Bird Photography 101: The Kodachrome Effect


WC calls it “The Kodachrome Effect.” The reference is to the Paul Simon song, “Kodachrome,” which in the chorus says of the photos we take, “Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day.”1 Bird photography makes you think that the bird we photograph are always out in the open, perfectly lit and perfectly posed.…

Bath Time for a Hot Date


You can be pretty certain you’re not disturbing a bird when it is unworried enough to bathe where it fills the frame of your camera. This male Wilson’s Phalarope – remember among Phalaropes the male is the drab one – took a long, unhurried and very thorough bath about ten feet from WC. Centennial Marsh,…

"Ripple," by Robert Hunter

Because WC Needs Cheering Up: “Ripple”


Sometimes when the world’s and our national crises become overwhelming, music helps. And for WC, the songs of the Grateful Dead are a reliable comfort. The thing about Dead songs is that you can go as deep or as shallow as you want. Take 1970’s  “Ripple,” for example. Robert Hunter lyrics and Jerry Garcia tune,…