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I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads.  Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.

Rosalia de Castro (1837-1885)

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About Me . . .

My name is Julie Gomez.  I am an author, columnist, artist, and naturalist who enjoys blogging, photography, hiking, fly-fishing, and reading paperbacks.  I live in the North Oregon Cascade Mountains with my husband Chris.  Native Oregonians, we settled here as urban transplants in 1997 to be closer to wild places, and the marvelous creatures that dwell in the surrounding mountains, forests, meadows, lakes, rivers, and streams.  A place richly steeped in natural beauty; all precious gifts for which we are grateful.

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✎ About my blog . . .

Nature Chronicles of the Pacific Northwest is for all who enjoys the outdoors.  I believe that in nature, there are always lessons to learn, things to discover, and stories to be shared.  It’s being curious and taking notice of the world around you, such as wildflowers along a forest trail, or simply turning a rock to watch an ant colony.  It is interactions with wild things from angry yellow jackets to hungry black bears, and dragonflies that bite!  It’s the joy of standing thigh-deep in ice-cold streams during the salmon runs.  It’s nature renewing itself with warm summer breezes, frantic spring thunderstorms, terrific winter windstorms, and the chill of snow and ice.

My blogging base camp lies 15 miles “as the crow flies” west of Mount Hood in the small rural community of Wildwood (elevation: 1,260 feet above sea level) that lies between the Salmon and Sandy rivers of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness and the Bull Run Watershed in the Mount Hood National Forest.  Whether hiking, snowshoeing, camping, boating, fly-fishing, or simply poking around outdoors, nature is full of surprises, and I am here to write about them.  I invite you to join me, to share the experience, and become nature inspired.

Mount Hood

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▸©2011 All rights reserved.  Chronicles, photographs and artwork are the sole property of the author (unless otherwise noted).  Use by any means is prohibited without prior written permission from the author.

(Chronicles post once a month, along with periodical updates to older posts.)

🌿Blog featured photo:  (Red Columbine, Aquilegia formosa)

🌿Questions and Comments are always welcome, and I will do my best to respond to each one.  I’d like to say a big thank you to those following Nature Chronicles, and to those of you new to my blog, I thank you for visiting!

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  1. The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!

  2. Håkan Wallander

    Hi Julie
    I liked your photo of a frankia nodule on an Alnus root. I wonder if I could use that photo in a book I am writing about soil. Unfortunately it will be in Swedish, otherwise I could have sent you a copy.
    Best regards
    Håkan Wallander
    Sweden

  3. Keep up the good work.i will return often.

  4. Nice, I’ve bookmarked the page in Digg.com under “Nature Chronicles”. Thanks.

  5. I’m still learning from you, as I’m improving myself. I certainly enjoy reading everything that is posted on your website.Keep the posts coming. I loved it!

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