Twelve Sketches and Tutorials from 2016

Reading, drawing, painting, photographing, writing, exercising, gaming–which of these past times do I do? When? How often? How long? It’s always a tough decision, but sometimes I get drawing and painting in, and for the sake of visual cataloguing, here’s twelve examples showing where I’m at skill wise at the end of 2016. Background note:…

Book Reflection: “The Practical Naturalist” by Chris Packham

Your favorite civilian natural science book comes with prerequisites: vivid photos from altocumulous clouds to decomposition fungi, key hiding spots of small insects and charismatic critters, and nontechnical but curiosity-provoking descriptions of ecological concepts–all of which fill The Practical Naturalist. Edited by Chris Packham and written by a team of scientists, this book is detailed…

Views of Lake Fort Smith Part II: Scientist

There’s a phenomenon science students experience. Perhaps there’s an inspirational, rare term assigned to it though I do not know what that would be. The landscape is no longer a cohesive environment of greenery and blotchy earth colors punctured by charismatic creatures and dramatic waterfalls. It…becomes millions of things that non-sciency friends rare their eyebrows…