Ungulates, a Spit, and a GIVEAWAY

Hi Friends,

Research for my next novel took me to the Olympic Peninsula last week, where Olympic elk (a.k.a. Roosevelt elk or Roosevelt’s wapiti) browsed and slept in farm fields near Sequim, Washington. I promised you pics of these beauties.


Wild ungulates like these—the largest species of elk in North America—show up in the landscape of my new story, which takes place roughly between the Dungeness and Elwha River watersheds.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”
—Psalm 4:8


Later, we roamed toward the Dungeness Lighthouse near Sequim, Washington.

To reach it, you’ll hike five miles up a skinny strip of beach—”the Dungeness Spit,” to locals. And the tide better be right, or you’ll be wading.

Light—in life’s chop.

“When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
    When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.”

—Isaiah 43:2 MSG


And OH, the views . . .

The lighthouse is way, way out there, toward the end of that long curve. For scale, you’re looking at countless old growth logs, many the diameter of hotel hot tubs, or VW Beetles.

“, , ,granite-strength and safe-harbor-God . . .
is a safe place to be.”

—Psalm 62:7-8.

Composed of alluvial deposits from the nearby Dungeness River, the spit’s a national refuge for wildlife (including us :).

You can imagine the birds!

I’ll have more images for you as the book takes shape, so you can lodge the setting in your mind. Later you can match some of these scenes to those in the story.


Thanks for stopping by, friends. So glad you’re here.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks.

P.S. The multi-author GIVEAWAY I told you about last week is LIVE through tomorrow—Sunday, February 19. You can still enter HERE to win one of the three prizes below.


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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

13 thoughts on “Ungulates, a Spit, and a GIVEAWAY

  1. Goodmorning Cherryl
    So enjoyed walking with you to towards the light house
    I always wanted to live in one!
    The pictures are so beautiful 😍
    Thanks for the Saturday morning trips and stories,
    Much love,Tena


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