Musings of a roaming nature nerd


Cultivating a simple life of exploration grounds me in ways that putting down traditional roots never has. An anatomy of place is mapped through my veins; the rocks and soils of New England fuse with my bones to define my sense of personal history. Yet rocks move and blood and water shift course. From the┬ánortheast to the unknown… Discovering and enjoying the fluid character of nature while learning how it shapes us into the people we are, is home enough.

The Lower Colorado River where Jason and I are currently exploring, ensures an endless and fascinating supply of discovery as humanity collides with nature and both attempt survival. Our work conducting avian surveys provides an incredible look at those two entwined worlds every morning at sunrise. The messy mix of tamarisk, cottonwoods, and marsh reeds safeguard historically low, yet still thriving numbers of birds, reptiles and mammals. Meters away, agricultural fields halfheartedly support native flora and fauna, and attempt the daunting task of feeding millions of at least one species spread far and wide.

By sharing photos and words of what we do, I hope to better understand and appreciate the natural places in which we live and roam and call home.

“I long, as every human being does, to be at home wherever I find myself.” – Maya Angelou

Surveying the marsh


Nature and culture meet at an old squatter camp by the river


Colors of the desert


Sunrise on the first day of surveys


Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge


GBBO crew in a cottonwood snow


Desert Lilies


Entering Cibola National Wildlife Refuge


Saguaro in bloom


Happily listening to the Common Yellowthroats


Madera Canyon


Lake Havasu


Imperial National Wildlife Refuge


Moonset at the marsh


8 Responses

  1. Allison

    Saguaro in bloom is my favorite pic, it looks like a smiley face!

    May 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

  2. Dad

    Great images, words and pics. Love the moonset. A ball of bees!?! As in killer bees?!? Cool how you photographed the book in the grass. Ditto for the shotgun shells. Nice contrasts. Keep it up! :-)

    May 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

  3. John

    Welcome back to the West, we missed you. I look forward to learning about life in the marsh. The photo of the Bill Williams National WIldlife Refuge is a sobering view of the mighty Colorado River. I have read about the trickle of water that remains after all of us on the north side of the boarder take what we want but the photo says it so much better.

    The very best in your journey!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:25 am

    • annie

      One heartening piece of info is that its only a tributary of the Colorado flowing through the Bill Williams! However the main river itself, really isn’t much bigger especially once it gets down here to Yuma.

      May 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  4. Amanda

    Beautiful words and beautiful photos. I love your blog already! Looking forward to following your adventures!

    May 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

  5. Allison

    Happy to see you’re loving your surroundings:)


    May 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

  6. david (not boy)

    bee-you-tea-full pick-chores! loo-king four-word two moor.

    May 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  7. Astrid

    Hoohoo! A blog! And I am the first one to comment :))))

    May 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm