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Love the photos. Urban living is great when there are pockets of wildlife. Only today we discovered that our local park, which we walk or cycle in at least once a week, has deer and a muntjac. I'm so glad you have discovered Vetuccio!

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There are always pockets of wildlife in towns and gardens and parks. Always. Very diverse too once you pause and look for it but too often we walk around and only see "weeds"

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Ver true, Richard. As it happens, there are bird walks in a nature reserve not too far from us, and a wonderful RSPB one.

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A beautiful, evocative piece of writing, Tom

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Thanks so much

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Feb 4·edited Feb 4Liked by Tom Pendergast

Well written !

Here's mine = It is an ideal place for a gentle walk or for wildlife watching.

In the past it was covered with coke and coal waste and crossed with mineral railways lines. It is now home to grassland birds, including lapwing and skylarks, and the water rail. https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/directories/local-nature-reserves/dumbreck-

Salmon have returned to the Garrell Burn in Kilsyth for the first time in 100 years, as a result of a river restoration project by the council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

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It’s amazing what the land can recover from, isn’t it? Our river is quite full of salmon and conservation work is improving the runs pretty regularly. Good to see.

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Brilliant, Tom, you have captured not only the beauty and magic, but the significance in your life. As I have walked there many times I like to remember when the Snohomish River flows over its banks, the wild cucumber vines growing inches per day and producing slimy seeds in a prickly case, the whining engine of the open doored plane carrying skydivers for yet another jump, and deep in thought, arriving back where I started not remembering having been there at all. I loved it !!!

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Thanks mom! I need to get a pic of those cucumber vines sometime. I don’t even remember seeing them this last year …

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That is excellent indeed ... getting to know your "patch" and walking. Walking is good. So are birds.

But please ... my translation apps can't tell me what Vetucchio means ... ??

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Totally made-up word. I could make up a definition if you like …

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I didn't think of that ... I found a place in Italy called VeRucchio but that was it. Either, a nice article about obviously a nice place.

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Feb 4Liked by Tom Pendergast

Loved the article Tom, next time I'm at your place we need to do the Vertucchio hike! Different than the Slough hike we did when I was there last summer right?

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For sure. It doesn’t qualify as a hike: we can be out and back from the house in 40 minutes. We did the Slough when you were here, yeah.

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Awesome, Tom. We all need a Vetucchio to escape to...

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Don’t we though?! Glad you liked it Graham. I actually read this last night at a local open mic event. I have mixed feelings about it.

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This is such a wonderful post, Tom. Thanks for the reminders. 💜

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Aw thanks Sue, that’s nice

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I'm headed there later on today!

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So, if you’re coming to Snohomish for just one wetland walk, there’s an even better choice: Fobes-Ebey Slough Dike Road Trail. Google it and it will take you to the trailhead. The parking lot is small, but you can park along the road too. Let me know how you like it, either one.

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A breathtaking post, Tom, both in words and pictures. An absolute treat - thank you.

I'm so glad I read this after what was my first walk for ages earlier today - I've taken the opportunity to reflect on my own Vetucchio, for which I'm very grateful. ☺️

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Thanks Rebecca, this does feel like the kind of post you and I align on, doesn’t it? Glad you liked it and that you’ve got your own Vetucchio.

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Yes it does, absolutely! 😊

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The photos, the words… I want to come explore Vetucchio! Thanks Tom.

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Ross, if you have the time, come up, I’ll take you around. Better do it quick before the track season heats up …

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I will. But guess what, the track season is already hot!

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Wonderful, Tom! I had a similar epiphany about the prolificness and intriguing qualities of birds during early stages of my vanlife.

Great photos--especially that hazy one!!

Thank you for sharing Vetuccio.

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Thanks Holly

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Feb 5Liked by Tom Pendergast

Great shots, Tom! That's some beautiful scenery. I did mention that I once lived in Mukilteo, yes? For one hellish year, but I do remember that the natural beauty of the area was sublime, and have thought about returning if we were ever to move back to the States.

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Just goes to show you, any place can be heaven and hell, depending on the circumstances. Thanks Troy

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Feb 5Liked by Tom Pendergast

I'm going to tell you something that's common sense, but it's still worth saying aloud.

All those birds? They suffer a LOT from noise pollution, which in your neck of the woods is definitely vehicle traffic. They NEED to be able to hear and understand one another, and that's really hard to do when there's constant noise pollution. Most of the time, they're reduced to doing the equivalent of shouting over the din.

In other words, they really WERE a lot happier (and "chattier") during those days when cars stayed parked.

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Sam, that’s really interesting, I didn’t know that. It is vehicle traffic around here for sure.

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Love the photos but I think I love the concept and process of bestowing a name on a cherished place even more.

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Thanks Bryn

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This made my Monday morning. Soft, thoughtful, and beautiful photography. I love “hidden” places that speak to your soul. You feel like there’s a specific connection between just you and their wonders. I don’t know, Tom. One might mistake you for a romantic if you keep this up!

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I know! This is probably the most romantic piece I’ve ever written, but I think beauty just makes me swoon. Ha ha!!!

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Feb 5Liked by Tom Pendergast

Thanks for sharing your gift Tom.

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Thanks for inviting me

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