About Me

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I  have always loved nature!  When I was young, I brought the swamp into the dining room for observation.  My poor mother had to deal with frogs, tadpoles, turtles and other creepy-crawlies...   :-)
   Now I like to take my kids, or anyone for that matter, on excursions to observe the abundance of extraordinary natural phenomenon around me.  This blog is a way for nature lovers from all over the world to enjoy these creation miracles with me.
Drop me a line... dana at naturewalks dot us

This is my lovely wife and family.  The picture was taken years ago at an arboretum in Wooster, Ohio.

Here are my homeschooled children in a very muddy classroom.  In this instance I am introducing them to insects that live in the harsh environment of a cave...  blind, white, cave critters or troglobites.
   We have learned about nature (oh what fun!) in the depths of caves, on the tops of mountains, on cliffs, in bogs, beside the ocean, in the desert, under the river, in the forest, in the field, in the back yard, out in the bush....

Some Of My Varied Interests

Archaeology
  I've participated in a number of archaeological excavations over the years. For the last few years I've been conducting my own excavation of a 1000-year-old village site.                                                                                         I also use my trusty trowel to discover some interesting natural phenomenon as well... such as when I exposed the burrow of a solitary wasp or cross-sectioned an earthworm midden.
 Astronomy
The sun, moon, planets, and stars might show up in my posts on occasion.  For instance, we watched the 2012 Venus transit.
Geology  

The field of geology is a vast one... I especially am interested in sedimentology and geomorphology. Here I am leaning against some breccia in the bottom of Brent Crater in northern Algonquin Provincial Park.
This photo shows us admiring a glacial erratic in Acadia National Park.                                                                                                                  Rocks may outcrop here and there among my nature rambles.


Local history
I'll let you in on a secret... this old iron furnace is often called the Revelton Iron Furnace, when actually it was the Pioneer Iron Furnace in Ashfield, Pa.    From the evidence I've seen it looks like back in the 1850"s they used charcoal for the furnace but also experimented with coal and coke and even calcination. 
 That's the kind of history I like to know... the kind that isn't on a map, or in a history book. : )
Occasionally I weave some history into Nature Posts, like when I included some Pennsylvania logging history.
Nature
I don't need to go into detail on my interests in nature.  Suffice it to say I'm not satisfied by knowing the name of something.... I like to know how it works, its biotic interactions, etc.
  From algae, and echinoderms, in a tide pool...
 to stream ecology and vernal pools in our mountains... I plan to keep sharing some of nature's secrets with which I am acquainted.


contact info.
 dana at naturewalks dot us