Author Archives: Claudia Kuenkel

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Rock theater

The popular activity of beachcombing has never attracted me much since I’m not the collector type.  I see people walking with their heads bowed, examining the sand at a snail’s pace.  I’m not sure what exactly they’re looking […]

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Road trip to San Francisco

In late February there was a string of sunny days forecast for the West Coast and I took full advantage of this in the form of a spontaneous road trip to San Francisco – with Blanca, of course!  […]

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River otter family

The sun had finally come out and it almost felt like the first hint of spring in the air down at the Gold Beach harbor this past Saturday.  I noticed a family of river otters who were just finishing a […]

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Coast of trees and sea lions

This past Sunday we had one glorious day of sunshine and I was determined to make the most of it!  So I decided to drive north up the coast to see the famous Sea Lion […]

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Porcupine!

The first time I saw a wild porcupine I was totally awestruck!  That was a couple of years ago after I moved to the Oregon Coast.  To see such an extraordinary figure casually strolling along the dune grass was […]

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Nature’s Coastal Holiday

Today was a bright interlude between rain events and I headed to Azalea Park in Brookings hoping to find stranger #8.  I only found two electricians who were working, so I didn’t want to disturb them.  […]

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Fall: Less light, more drama!

In the northern hemisphere, fall means that the days are getting shorter and shorter.  Those short days are then further darkened by voluminous storm clouds that can completely obscure the sun for days, if not weeks.  […]

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Stranger #7/100: Marlene

Her name is pronounced M-a-r-l-e-e-n-a.  I was tentatively trying to spell it and she quickly clarified, “Just like Marlene Dietrich!”   I had been waiting for quite a while for a stranger opportunity when Marlene and Tim came upon […]

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Stranger #6/100: Tim

My quest for stranger opportunities led me to Mingus Park today, a very nice community park in the city of Coos Bay.  I found a wonderful shaded area with a small stand of bamboo that was beautifully backlit.  […]

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Stranger #5/100: Ilona

It was Ilona’s little dog Charlie who came up to me to say hello in Azalea Park in Brookings.  Ilona started up a friendly conversation and asked about my circular case.  It is the bag that […]

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