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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 Here are a few of the unpublished favorites ...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.)