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  • Lake Mayfield, Cowlitz River, HWY 12 Bridge

  • Lake Mayfield, Cowlitz River, HWY 12 Bridge, scenic

I went fishing early Saturday morning. Knowing it was destined to be a beautiful day (and a HOT one!), we started early. We put in at Riffe Lake, a bit surprised that there wasn't more competition for boat ramp space, but were  so drawn in by the peace and beauty surrounding us, we barely took note of it. We did, however, have a mission in mind: silvers (which is, essentially, a landlocked Coho). I showed up with rod and reel in hand; my friend had

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I had a great time visiting with Bobbie Hunhoff at the Stellagarth Alpaca Ranch when I wrote a feature story on her farm in September of 2011 for The Chronicle newspaper. I took so many adorable photos of the fuzzy critters that I sent a whopping 15 photos into the newsroom for them to choose from (photogs normally send in just 3 to 5 photos). I happened across the photos again this morning and thought I'd like to share their beauty with you. Here are a few of the unpublished favorites ...

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Yup. It's me with a beard. Me with a beard and a steelhead. A dang pretty beard and a beautiful Cowlitz River steelhead. This photo documented the FIRST steelhead I ever caught, a feat that was accomplished with the amazing help of Scott Gibson of Gibson Guide Service. (This photo does NOT document that I actually have a beard.)