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)




Hi, I’m Julie Gomez—author, columnist, artist, and photographer who enjoys hiking, fly fishing, and reading paperbacks.  I live with my husband Chris.  Native Oregonians, we came to the mountains as urban transplants in 1997 to be closer to the wild places we love and cherish—the Oregon Cascades with its diverse wildlife, towering mountains, temperate rain forests, pristine meadows, lakes, rivers, and streams.  A place richly steeped with natural beauty, and history; precious gifts for which we are grateful.


✎ About this 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, terrifying windstorms, and layers of ice with feet of snow.

My blogging camp rests in the Cascade foothills around 1,300 feet just west of Mount Hood—a sleeping volcano. Nearby, is the Salmon, Sandy, and Zigzag rivers, the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, and the Bull Run Watershed of the Mount Hood National Forest.  Whether hiking, snowshoeing, camping, boating, fly-fishing, or simply poking around outdoors, nature has many surprises, and I am here to write about them.  I invite you to join me, to share the experience, and become nature inspired.


Books by the author ~ Guide to Collecting Wild Herbs, Guide to Medicinal Wild Fruits & Berries and a Guide to Deadly Herbs

See more author photos at ~ SmugMug

Mount Hood


▸Copyright 2018.  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.

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

  1. Hugely kind of you to drop by my largely uncultivated secondary blog and ‘like’ my bee house thing. Now I can’t get ‘Guide to Deadly Herbs’ out of my head. I’d assumed all herbs were benign. Better watch out… RH

    1. My pleasure, RH. Love that bee house of yours. We saw our first swarm of California mason bees this year. They took up an old, abandoned bee house, so am going to add a new one for next spring. Hope you enjoy “A Guide to Deadly Herbs.” Stay safe, and thank you for visiting my blog.

  2. 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.

  3. 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! 😊

  4. 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?

    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,

  5. 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)!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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