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Writing on the Wild Side #18 – An Ibis and a Rose in the Mix

May 23, 2016

By Mike Denny:  What a grand spring season it is here this year in the Walla Walla River Basin- you should see it, all of the natural world is alive and generating young for the future. This beautiful and unique basin hosts many hundreds of species that bring a wonderful spark of diversified life that... Read more »

New Girl in Town #2 – Learning on the Land

May 3, 2016

By Catie Joyce Bulay: My husband and I recently moved from Maine, a land of trees, snow, and rocky soil, to Walla Walla, with its wide open spaces, dry heat, and lushly growing farmlands. When I move to a new place, I love to learn all I can about a place when I move there,... Read more »

Writing on the Wild Side #17 – The Color and Texture of Life

April 25, 2016

By Mike Denny: What an amazing place to be alive in April! The Walla Walla River Basin is eye poppingly beautiful this early spring month. The winter wheat around the valley is vivid green, the dogwood, cherry, apple and plum trees are covered with blooms and pollinating bees. This year looks really breath taking as... Read more »

Writing on the Wild Side #16 – The Power of Water

March 22, 2016

By Mike Denny:  It is March in the spectacular Walla Walla River Basin and a very vibrant green blanket sprinkled with patches of purple, yellow, white and pink flowers has covered this valley in places. The new wheat is a vivid living green in the late afternoon sun. We have had many grand rain storms... Read more »

Going to University in the Walla Walla Valley

March 14, 2016

By James Norton:  For the past four years I have been attending Walla Walla University and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. As a graduating senior I will soon be departing this wonderful valley but the memories and friendships I have made here will last a lifetime. The Walla Walla Valley is the perfect setting... Read more »

Writing on the Wild Side #15 – Come Have a Hoot!

February 22, 2016

By Mike Denny:  After a wetter, cooler winter season spring has gone and jammed its foot in the door here in the Walla Walla Valley. Life is bucking to renew bringing energy, color and action to this very beautiful valley in southeast Washington. The Walla Walla River basin already shows many signs of new growth... Read more »

Writing on the Wild Side #14 – The Amazing American Dipper

January 21, 2016

By  – Mike Denny:  Yes, it is a New Year and here in the beautiful Walla Walla Valley it is all about moisture accumulation. Every living organism requires water and is completely dependent on the water that is coming our way, this month and on into the next three months. This valley is wonderful and... Read more »

Writing on the Wild Side #12 – Come See Gobblers the Walla Walla Way

November 20, 2015

By Mike Denny: October is now history and we have all moved onto November. It is said that when one door closes another opens and so it is here in the spectacular Walla Walla Valley. The door is shutting on the autumn season, fall songbird migration, the last of the wild blooming flowers and warm... Read more »

Writing on the Wild Side #11: Of Blooms & Splashes of Colors

October 22, 2015

By: Mike Denny. It’s October here in the spectacular Walla Walla Valley. What a great time to visit this outstanding place. With September gone and October almost over the door is slightly open to winter. It is the arrival of shorter, cooler days and longer nights that has clued all native broad leaf shrubs and... Read more »

Writing on the Wild Side #10: Of Ladybirds and a Forest Owl

September 21, 2015

By: Mike Denny. September 2015 is here and our summer is gone in a cloud of dust and smoke. It was one warm summer full of great events in the natural world. Some of these outstanding happenings were the eye popping wild flower bloom early in the summer, large numbers of cloud free days and... Read more »