This is my wife and love of my life, Marilynn. This pic was taken — as you might gather — on a chilly, windy day at the Tualatin River Refuge a few months ago. She’s not quite the refuge-hound that I am, but she increasingly accompanies me on my prowls of the local area in search of birds to photograph. The nice thing about the Beaverton area is that there are many parks and “nature areas” that are close-by and quite accessible. I’m really looking forward to Spring (not far away now) when we can spend time enjoying these outdoor areas together.