Travelogue: India 2019
This past July I spent 10 days in India. It was beautiful and wet and green and challenging and I’m still not sure what all I learned because I think I was at max capacity every day and that a lot of things are still filtering through my brain. Here are some thoughts.
Easter Weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden
This will mostly be a photo post, because I think there is plenty to see and I couldn’t add that much to what already exists. This weekend we went to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see the early spring blooms.The garden is free, though there is a per-car fee to park, except for military, which…
I enjoyed telling you two little stories about the previous week last Tuesday so thought I’d do it again this week. The first is less a story and more a general thing but I have finally decided to not let the cold win and I’m fighting back by wearing clothes I like (under the heavy…
Australia 2014: Queensland and Port Douglas
The final leg of the journey (or so I thought; I always seem to have these bonus adventures when I’m abroad, don’t I?) took me to Queensland in northeastern Australia. We did a lot of iconic things, and I’ll give you the rundown here.
Australia 2014: Heading south in Western Australia
Welcome back for another installment of the Great Australia Travelogue of 2014! For the next leg of our journey, we packed up our friends’ SUV and headed onto the open road, south through WA and toward the coast and countryside.
Catching up on things and a quick Australia summary
So, Australia was absolutely fantastic! I had a lot of first-in-my-life experiences (including diving for the first–and second–time), visiting two world heritage sites, and meeting a long time friend for the first time face to face, plus other fun things like a Geek Girl Pen Pals Club tea party and all the local wildlife and….…
Thoughts on Copenhagen Zoo
So I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Copenhagen Zoo euthanizing one of its giraffes for “educational purposes” and feeding it to the zoo’s carnivores. If not, here’s the story. I was struck by a particular response to this today in which someone I respect a lot (a natural history scientist and educator) pointed out…
The lion in my profile picture
Because I am asked all the time about my profile picture, I thought I’d take some time today to tell you the story of how that photo came to exist. This photo was taken in summer of 2009. At the time I worked and volunteered for an AZA-accredited institution, working in the education department and…
Wildlife Wednesday: California ground squirrel
The squirrels are different here. This is a California ground squirrel, and I am fascinated by these little creatures. Growing up on the east coast, I was accustomed to Eastern gray squirrels (which are everywhere) and the occasional chipmunk (which is very small and stripey) but I’d never seen one of these before. The first…
Tuesday Zoosday: The Africa Tram at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
It’s been a while since I took my big camera out to the Safari Park, so one day last week I hauled it along with me. I always ride the African Tram (which is included in my membership) and I got some great photos. Here’s a little overview of the ride. One of the…