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Coffee Pot Crater, near Jordan Valley, Oregon – Owyhee Country
This blog initially developed from the confluence of a life-long passion for natural history and a chance encounter with an important urban stream in Portland, Oregon – Fanno Creek. My interest in the creek ultimately led to a book called Up Fanno Creek: Confessions of An Accidental Advocate. The book was published in 2012 and was well received among local circles. However, I confess to being nearly a total failure when it comes to interest in virtually all things promotional, which is the well-known Kiss of Death for self published ventures. As a result, sales remain low and slow and almost entirely limited to Portland-specific circulation.
After the book was finished I went through a kind of postpartum depression, so far as additional writing is concerned; something I’ve since learned is a quite common experience for first-time authors, regardless of literary genre. Mine turned out to be quite lengthy, and may have gone on indefinitely had we not moved from Portland to Olympia in 2014. The transition from Oregon to Washington has gone smoothly enough, but my attention to this blog, and the others associated with it, has suffered. It isn’t that there is less to write about. Olympia is a fabulous location for a lover of nature, especially from a wetlands standpoint; but there’s been so much to do with family and home that there never seems time enough to sit down and write for any extended period of time. That may change very soon, however, because I’ve developed an interest in a topic that may well lead to the writing of another book. Time will tell, if that is to be the case. Meanwhile, I am determined to return to blogging more often.
I have a couple major objectives for this blog. First and foremost I want to share information I’ve gathered and insights I’ve developed with anyone who may be interested in finding a way to help our culture evolve into one that values wetlands and natural areas as much or more than it does pop idols and cell phones. Tall order, l know, but I am convinced it can happen. Access to information is one of the most critical parts of the process.
Secondly, this is a writer’s blog, which means that one of its most important goals is the perfection of craft. I spent several decades becoming a skilled photographer and in the process learned that nothing improves artistic skill sets in that field more effectively than (1) taking lots of pictures and (2) listening to critical feedback. “You have to get the first 10,000 bad pictures out of the way,” an instructor once told me. “Then you can really begin to consider yourself a serious student of the craft.” I suspect that the same holds true for writing and am hopeful that visitors to this site will be kind enough to help me get those first 100,000 words out of the way.
Eric L. Lindstrom / Olympia, Washington – April 29th, 2016
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY
The photographs on this site are protected from unauthorized use by multiple amendments to the Copyright Law of 1976. However, for a limited time they may be available for use at the personal level (i.e., wall art) free-of-charge, so long as the user will make every effort to have them reproduced by a quality printing house. To that end I will be happy to make high resolution copies of the original files available for delivery online, at cost, plus $25 to cover handling and shipping. Call me at 503-358-7144 for more information.
If you are a teacher at any level, I salute you. If you need materials for a course, my portfolio is yours, pro bono. It will be awhile before I can get the full complement of my images up on the web for public browsing. Until then just let me know what you have in mind and I’ll send you some candidates if I have them.
If you are a non-profit organization engaged in protecting the health of the watershed – any aspect of any watershed – I will be happy to work out a low cost, or in some cases pro bono arrangement. I am always happy to exchange imagery for access to new learning experiences so if you are working on a particularly interesting watershed, or natural history based project and would like some quality documentation, let’s talk.
If you represent a branch of government, a utility, or a for-profit enterprise and wish to use imagery from this site, or are looking for documentation of a site or project, please forward the details of use and other information and I will provide a fee schedule.