About Ridge Reflections

So, what is Ridged Valley Reflections?  Well, what you will find here are thoughts, reflections, and stories of what I experience in the Toppenish Creek Valley of the Yakama Nation.  An ancient landscape, defined by two ridges— Ahtanum and Toppenish.

As a pastor and farmer, my concern for landscape justice is theological and hands-on.  I explore other landscapes in addition to that of my valley.  Yet, in one way or another, each–their people, wind, plants, animals–inform the other, and therein lies my interest.

You can focus your visit by using the category list in the sidebar.  Or just wander about.  You will find wandering about is somewhat reflective of my writing.  Hopefully, you will notice a tendency to wander rabbit trails without (always) worrying about finding my way back to the original thought.  Such might not be always be considered good writing, but it is how I go about writing.

Welcome!  Peruse the writing and the photos!  I hope you find something that has you coming back and giving a comment every now and again!



  1. Hello David – I saw that you stopped-by my blog this morning…thank you for visiting and for letting me know you were there.

    What an interesting premise for your blog…and you do have some beautiful photos here, too. 🙂

    I shall be visiting.



    1. Thank you for your words Scott.
      I am more a writer than a photographer, so it is nice to hear the word beautiful from one who does photography well!


  2. You are very welcome for the words, David. And don’t be fooled, I am a novice’s novice in the realm of photography. I think I’ve just gotten lucky with the shots so far. I would consider myself more of a writer, too, if I were asked, so I do understand what you mean. It’s only been the last few months of my two years’ blogging that I’ve actually been posting photos regularly. That said, your photos were/are beautiful. Keep it up!


  3. I was transcribing/abstracting some old papers [from 1879] and found two references to “Father Wilbur.” Wanting to know more about who he was, I googled his name and your article was one that popped-up. You did a great article on Father Wilbur. I’d like to get in contact with you. Jane in Vancouver


  4. Hi Dave,
    Visited your blog today and signed up. Many commonalities between your farm and Turtle Rock Farm – and vocational similarities: writing, photography, respect for the land, ministry, farming. Thanks for making yourself known.
    Peace and Beauty,


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