NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World will be published Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books.

My freelance writing on natural history has appeared in National Wildlife Magazine, Crosscut, ParentMap and others. You can find them on the Freelance page.

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I am a lifelong naturalist and have been exploring the Pacific Northwest for decades. My interest began with birds and expanded to encompass all natural history from the tide pools to the forest. Although I observe everything, I have favorites, dragonflies, slime mold and nudibranchs in particular. 

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I have spent years photographing nature, from trees to chickadees. Although I focus my lens on everything, I have a particular interest in macro photography looking at invertebrates. 

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You can now buy prints of some of my photos in my Etsy Shop.
I was on KUOW talking crows vs eagles and other urban animals. In a wildlife fight, who wins against a crow? 
You can now play every past #StreetCreatures quiz here, just go to ‘Street Creatures‘ on the menu.
My Twitter game #StreetCreatures was featured on The Verge: Test your animal knowledge with these challenges on Twitter
My article Writing When on the Autism Spectrum was the inaugural piece in The Open Notebook’s ‘Diverse Voices’ series. 


Poem of the Week: Who Has Seen the Wind?
By Christina Rossetti Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.  Who has seen the wind? Neither...

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Folklore & Nature: Birch Bark
I pass forth into light–I find myselfBeneath a weeping birch (most beautifulOf forest trees, the Lady of the Woods) from ‘The Picture or The Lover’s...

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Poem of the Week: Real Presence
By Nan Shepherd Clear as the endless ecstasy of starsThat mount for ever on an intense air;Or running pools, of water cold and rare,In chiselled...

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Poem of the Week: The Oracle
By Arthur Davison Ficke I lay upon the summer grass.A gold-haired, sunny child came by,And looked at me, as loath to pass,With questions in her...

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Poem of the Week: The Tables Turned
By William Wordsworth Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; Or surely you’ll grow double: Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks; Why all this...

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