While watching a bird from 50 yards through binoculars is a normal part of birding, that distance is going to make photographing these usually small creatures difficult. Here are some tips on how to close the gap and get the shots you want.

The pandemic has really changed how we think about fitness hasn’t it? More of us are seeking solace on lesser traveled trails. This month we are pausing to take a “Breath of Fresh Air” in this edition of Lifestyles magazine.

Once in New York City I traveled half an hour to reach the country — in a jet plane. In Walla Walla, thankfully, it’s easier to reach the hinterlands. On a brisk spring morning I hop in the Prius and drive northwest on Sudbury Road, accessed northwest of College Place from Highway 12.

Walla Wallans on a treasure hunt might be hard pressed to find the Washington state gem, petrified wood, or the state fossil, Columbian mammoth. However, the hunt for the official state waterfall is easy.

The pandemic has really changed how we think about fitness hasn’t it? More of us are seeking solace on lesser traveled trails. This month we are pausing to take a “Breath of Fresh Air” in this edition of Lifestyles magazine.

Summer is around the corner. The days are getting longer, flowers are opening, and so are many opportunities that have been closed or restricted for over a year now due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

On the first warm day, I head out with fingers crossed. After leaving Highway 11 at Athena and escaping to Highway 334, where traffic is a rumor, I get a pleasant surprise. A roller-coaster ride ensues through the kingdom of wheat, with sightings of kestrels perched on power lines and magpies practicing aerobatic maneuvers.

An upside to this past year of collective isolation is that we (like millions of others) delved into the craft of cocktail making. We’d take turns making some new libation and picking up knowledge along the way. And we discovered many of our favorite drinks fall into the category of cocktail sours.

Time to host a porch party! Whether you’re inviting one person or a small group, your porch or your deck, (front yard or back) is an ideal venue. Dust off the outdoor furniture, and dress up the porch up with baskets of flowers, party lights, candles and festive lanterns.

When flowers are fully open, moths can instantly appear. Their long proboscis, much like a butterfly's, is able to access deeply hidden nectar. Going out in the evening with a flashlight reveals a world usually little noticed. Hawk moths have large iridescent eyes readily visible with a flashlight as they dart from flower to flower. Put chairs out to watch the nightly spectacle.

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