So it’s the dead of winter here in the Midwest. It’s chilly and we’re expecting snow later this week but reading tonight’s article takes me back to a summer day with my kids, long ago. To one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken over the years.

Anyway, the article is entitled “The Great Smoky Mountains’ Incredible Firefly Light Show” by Jen Doll over at the Get Pocket website. If that’s not enough, here’s the picture of my youngest son, when we were catching fireflies.


Oh those were the days, those hot, summer days! Anyway, can’t wait for those days again, though some how I don’t think I can get the kids back out there.



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Okay, so I’m the oldest of my siblings but this rock beats me by a few years, okay about seven million year to be exact. The article is entitled “Scientists just found the oldest material on Earth — and it smells funny ” by Ben Bolton over at Mother Nature Network.

The strange thing is, it looks a lot like a rock I have at home sitting on my window mantle. It’s a rock that for it’s size is incredibly heavy. I think I might have it checked out. Seriously!






So speaking of insects, bees in particular

I’m sure I’ve said this before but almost since I started getting interested in photography, I’ve gotten very interested in taking pictures of insects and bees in particular. Now of course, the fact that I have a nice flower garden in the front yard doesn’t hurt to attract them.

Anyway, this article is a great resource for understanding bees, who they are and what they do in their daily lives. The article is entitled “What Is It Like to Be a Bee? A philosophical and neurobiological look into the apian mind.” by Natasha Frost over at Get Pocket. Very interesting read, if your in to bees, that is.



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Watching and reading about the wildfires of Australia has been heartbreaking to say the least, from the kangaroo’s to koalas to even the smallest of insects and anthropods, according to tonight’s article entitled “Some of Australia’s Smallest Species Could Be Lost to Wildfires” by Helen Sullivan over at the New York Times.

It’s been so sad to watch this story unfold. Fortunately there have also been many amazing stories to come out as well and hopefully one day, we’ll learn from this story.



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So for the last few weeks, I’ve started going out to the parks I use to take my kids to when they were younger and have been taking pictures. Now while I’m far from being a professional, It’s become something I really enjoy.

While my dad’s been gone for going on twenty-five plus years, it’s something that when I was younger, we both enjoyed and so now I find myself coming back to. I’ve found it very peaceful to go out in the woods by myself, getting a little exercise while looking for that elusive perfect picture.

Just the other day, I finally created a tab where I will begin to post some of my favorite shots. While the vast majority will come from parks here in St. Louis, I will also include a few from up north near our family cabin in Minnesota and possibly some from other places I may visit from time to time.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have taking them. I know some of them might be out of focus in the beginning but I finally got around to getting some new glasses the other day, so hopefully that will help take care of that issue.



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So it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. That’s mostly in large part just because of  work and life, not necessarily in that order. That said, the other thing I’ve been able to do is go out on my own and take pictures, all in some of the local parks where I live.

So tonight’s article is about someone else, also from St. Louis, whose doing that though on a much bigger level. The article is entitled “St. Louis man on a mission to visit all 419 national parks will finish at Arch.

While I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to go to all 419 national parks, I’ll at least continue to visit those here in the area and perhaps some in northern Minnesota, where our family cabin is.



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Words for nature

Now I came across today’s article from a blog I’d honestly never heard of before called Writeshop. I happened upon it as I was creating a display at work for the December theme Write to a Friend Month.

The article, entitled “How to make word banks about nature” by and it reminded me of an older post I did about the words we have for nature and how these days, they seem to be disappearing.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember for the life of me the article I’m referring to but when I do, I will remember to post it. Okay, update, I did find the post. It’s entitled “What is landscape?“. Enjoy!



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