Wildflowers, Part 3

Last month I went to Glacier National Park as part of an epic family road trip. Needless to say, the scenery was stunning. I also discovered a wildflower that was entirely new to me – beargrass. Beargrass is not actually … Continue reading

Wildflowers, Part 2

In the Colorado high country there are hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers – certainly too many to highlight in this blog. Choosing which ones to showcase is difficult, yet this year a flower that I continue to see more … Continue reading

Wildflowers, Part 1

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to hike in the high country and enjoy the wildflowers. It’s like nature is celebrating summer too. And these flowers, sometimes blanketing hillsides, are absolutely brilliant. Then a closer … Continue reading

Meet the Beaver

I’ve mentioned before that I am in the middle of researching and writing a series of picture books on animal adaptations, which has been so much fun. Deciding which animals to put in each book (I only get to pick … Continue reading

Oceans, Part 5

For my last ocean blog, I wanted to end with a truly mind-blowing thought. Phytoplankton, the microscopic, plant-like cells that live in Earth’s oceans (and lakes) provide FIFTY PERCENT of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s right. Even though … Continue reading

Oceans, Part 4

“The oceans deserve our respect and care, but you have to know something before you can care about it.”  [Sylvia Earle, American Marine Biologist] While I have always loved the ocean, the writing and research I’ve done in the past … Continue reading

Oceans, Part 3

“In every curving beach, in every grain of sand, there is a story of the Earth.”       [Rachel Carson] Whenever I get the chance to go snorkeling, I’m always happy to see parrotfish. I’m not sure why I like … Continue reading

Oceans, Part 2

I’m in the middle of researching and writing a series of nonfiction picture books (for Nomad Press) about animal adaptations. One of those includes a book about fish. I honestly never had too much of an appreciation for fish that … Continue reading

Oceans, Part 1

I saw whales. Lots of them. In real life. And it was awesome. While I am definitely a mountain girl, I do love the ocean and had the privilege of spending the past week on the Atlantic. One night, about … Continue reading

Shoebill Stork

Writing about animal adaptations is fun. I’m not talking about giraffe’s long neck (to help it reach leaves on the tallest trees) or a woodpecker’s beak (perfect for tap, tap, tapping into the bark of trees to find insects). No. … Continue reading