More than a garden: Former NWC professor turns his attention to the birds

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Rufous hummingbirds move from bloom to bloom, first feeding on brilliant red penstemon flowers, hanging from the stem in rows, and then move to glowing blue globe thistle. The tiny, acrobatic birds come to Deb Koelling’s garden for food, water and shelter. They’re the stars in a spectacular free show. And Rob, her husband of 40 years, is there with his camera. While the hummingbirds are his favorites, the garden draws a variety of birds. Wilson’s and yellow warblers, great horned owls and sharp-shinned hawks make occasional appearances. Eurasian collared doves, house sparrows, finches and starlings are daily visitors. Behind the camera, the former Northwest College English professor is in a world of his own. There’s no use in talking to him when...

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