Interactions with the wild things. . . Live life outdoors!

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 . . .

Hi, I’m Julie Gomez—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 enjoy 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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🌿Your questions and comments are always welcome.  Thank you for visiting!

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35 thoughts on “Interactions with the wild things. . . Live life outdoors!

  1. Glad I found your blog. I used to live in the Portland area, since then I’ve moved to Russia. I’m now exploring Russia and having a ball doing it. But I must admit I miss the northwest. Here on your blog I’ll get a chance to get filled up with the beauty that I spent so much time in. Thanks.

  2. Glad you popped in on me. We certainly are kindred spirits regarding the outdoors. I’m just taking a new tact with the Antlantic Coast of Maine via a kayak I co-designed and co-built. There is a plan in the works to build another one without help of the Aleutian style. Shh, don’t tell yet.
    I too live above 1200 ft with Mt. Madison and the Twin Peaks of Adams in my front yard.
    I look forward to reading your blog, including older posts. I can’t read every day but will stop in several times a week.
    Thanks again for choosing to follow me. I would have nevr found your blog.

    1. Hi Jude, (kindred spirit)!

      Thank you also for following! I post once a month so you will have plenty of time to catch up. Congrats with your kayak, it sounds very interesting. Looking forward to reading all about it. Wishing you safe travels! 😊

  3. Hi Julie
    My book about soil with your picture of Frankia nodules will be published in English by Springer. I will also make the Swedish version downloadable on my webpage. Is that OK with you?
    Håkan

    1. Hi Hakan,
      Yes, that is fine. I would love to have a signed copy of the English version, and am looking forward to reading it. It is good hearing from you, and thanks for keeping in touch. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

      Best to you,
      Julie

  4. Hi, I found you through a Google search for images of evergreen needles. I LOVE your douglas fir sketch and am wondering if I could use or buy it? We are in the middle of nature study for science and I am creating a handout for my kids and our homeschool group on identifying evergreen trees. I would love to use your image (I also need a pine and spruce sketch if you have any) on our handout. I have a little blog on the side and am hoping to share the handout with other parents when it is done. (Hopefully to inspire families to get outside and engage in nature!) I’m wondering if you would be willing to email me to discuss the possibility of using or purchasing your images: Thank you!

    1. Hi Landy, Mount Hood is a beautiful and popular place for sure. Just 50 miles from the big city of Portland, it’s an easy day trip for most. All the best . . . and hope you get your mountain(s)!

  5. I love that side of the continent (though i’ve yet to visit your part of it, south of the border with Canada…), so this blog is wonderful. And I’ve copied down your Rosalia de Castro quote, because I am beginning to collect and think about quotes re paths, and making our own path.

    1. Hi Iceland Penny, and thank you for your gracious comment. I do feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful place as the Pacific Northwest. I do hope that you are able to visit the Northwest someday for you will not be disappointed. All the best along life’s path.

  6. 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

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