Having retired after teaching Field Biology for many years, I have a wide range of topics to write on. My interests are photographing animals and plants, vacationing with my family, enjoying my grandchildren, dancing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, gardening, winter activities, leading nature walks, writing notes on nature, and home improvements (we are renovating our retirement home). With all that I am doing now, you may wonder how I ever found the time to work – of course, most of the other things were put on hold all those years.
I have been studying plants and animals in the outdoors all my life. About thirty years ago I began photographing the organisms I was studying, and recently purchased a digital camera so that I can edit and instantly publish my pictures online.
More recently, I have decided to write for the non-scientist and hope my material is both enjoyable to read and educational. Some articles will be designed more for enjoyment and others for education. But now that I am no longer teaching, my philosophy is like Walt Disney’s: “I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.” With luck, my articles will do just that. I call my material “soft-core science,” and try to design them to first pique the reader’s interest then to teach something.
So, please read them, enjoy them, and learn something you can tell someone else.