Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Photography

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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Parks

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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Leaves

Tonight’s article comes from an author I’ve read many times before and while is only partly about leaves, leaves are something I dearly miss these days. After the last of our four big trees came down recently, They’re like missing a dear friend.

The article is entitled “McClellan: Giving thanks for falling leaves” by Bill McClellan over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While I still miss the leaves, there are plenty of things in nature to be thankful for.

One of those actually happened today with my middle child and my mom. They were out at the Wildlife Rescue Center today, getting a gift for one of my nieces when he said to my mom, I remember when dad to use to bring us out around here. That’s a gift that is truly priceless.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Black bear, black bear

It turns out that shortly after we got back from Minnesota, our neighbor up north told my sister he had seen a black bear between our two cabins around that time. Then after we got home, I was going through some old issues of the Missouri Conservation magazine when I came across this article on Black Bears in Missouri.

The article is entitled “Make Way for Bearsby Francis Skalicky over at the Missouri Conservationist Magazine. Sounds like they’re getting around, which at least to me, is a good thing.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Peace & quiet

Reading this article made me begin to appreciate a bit more our family vacations to northern Minnesota, both with the kids and before them. Not so much for what we saw but for what we didn’t hear. Actually just the peace and quiet of nature. One of those times where you appreciate what you don’t have.

The article is entitled “Lessons in Stillness From One of the Quietest Places on Earth“ by Meghan O’Rourke in the New York Times Style Magazine. Unfortunately, this link might not work unless you have a subscription to the New York Times, so just go to your local library for it. It came out in November of 2017. It’s definitely worth the read.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Photography

So now that I’ve had my camera for a couple of years now, I’ve finally begun to take pictures and mostly pictures of nature during our family vacations to Minnesota. With that said, I wanted to blog about this article tonight in part because this gentleman also takes picture of nature but also for another one that is close to my heart.

The young man in this article entitled “22-year-old defies the odds with his wildlife photography” by Jacqueline Gulledge over at the Mother Nature Network has Down Syndrome. Now while no one in my family has Down Syndrome, my oldest son is autistic. So it’s a story that in some ways, I hope happens to my son, that he finds what he truly loves to do.

In a way, it also let’s me know, I need to keep on helping him to find that too. Fortunately, I know what he loves, hopefully I can help him make it happen.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian