WELCOME TO BOREAL B[L]OG!
Welcome! You will find pictures and descriptions of wonderful boreal (and austral) wilderness places, like ANWR, Arrigetch Peaks and Alaska’s Alatna and Noatak Rivers. I am on an odyssey to see all 57 national parks in the 50 states. These are the crown jewels of America; seeing them has been well worth it. Young bull moose on Isle Royale above left; Dall sheep below left; further below is Wheeler Peak in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park; to the right is a wolverine in ANWR. Click on the links or the pictures themselves for a photobucket link to see more!!
I have taken 65 canoe trips into the Boundary Waters/Quetico since 1981; pictures of some of the more recent trips are included. I’ve stopped taking pictures other than wildlife and special scenery, because after a while, water is water! The photo below is a September sunset on Lake Insula in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I cannot deny the oddity of my calling this a Boreal Blog/Bog (that’s why there are brackets around the “l”) when I lived 37 years in Tucson. In 2013, I followed my heart north, now living in Eugene, Oregon. My heart is “Up North,” ever since I was a camp counselor in Ontario in the mid-1960s, taking 25 canoe trips all over Algonquin Park, a couple of hours north of Toronto.
I’m also a freelance writer, emphasis usually on the first syllable, but honestly, I do get some of my work published. My best writing is A Wise Owl, which appeared in the journal Neurology. It’s not technical. I even got interviewed afterwards in Neurology Today. Code Team, which is on the same post, shows a side of a doctor you won’t believe! I was an astronomy columnist for the Arizona Daily STAR for 20 years, and I have included two Focal Point columns I wrote for Sky and Telescope. For more than nine years, I was an invited columnist for the Pima County Medical Society’s Sombrero, and the writings are sorted by year under Reality Check. As you will discover, I don’t hold back much. A lot of my writing come from my trips, and frankly my ideas appear spontaneously, when I’m not thinking about it. I experience something and later say, “there’s an article.” Of course, when one has a wolf in his campsite, ten trail miles from the nearest other person (see Thump), the story writes itself. When I flunked my first English paper in college (deservedly), I never thought I would write as much as I did. Practice sure hasn’t made me perfect, but it has improved my skills.
I am an addicted eclipse chaser, having taken 24 eclipse trips all over the world. Why do I chase eclipses? Read the post!! See a brief video of one! See a video of the total eclipse 11 July 2010 from Argentina!
I’ve seen 15 total, 6 annular, and skunked on 3, in Iceland, clouds in South Africa and Cabo San Lucas. I show both total and annular eclipses; for more information, see Jay Anderson’s Web page. Jay and his wife Judy live in Winnipeg and are good friends. Jay is a retired meteorologist and does climate analysis and predictions for the events. Eclipses are one of the most beautiful sights in nature, and contrary to what some may think, the mathematics and geometry that explain them are equally as beautiful!
I am a volunteer math and chemistry tutor and a substitute math and science teacher in the Amphitheater School District in Tucson. I have worked for Literacy Volunteers, and I have a page how I do mental arithmetic, since I work with numbers almost as easily as I breathe. I volunteer at Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska helping get people out to see the Sandhill Crane migration on the Platte River. The Sandhill Crane migration is one of the two great North American migrations. The other is the Porcupine Caribou migration in Canada/Alaska. I’ve seen both in the same year. I’m really blessed with good fortune. Here are four shots from Nebraska:
This is my first blog, but hey, I’m an old guy and I spend as much time as I can in places where electronic devices read “No Service” and if you tune a radio, it just keeps going ad infinitum. Out in Sig Olson’s “back of beyond,” you don’t sit at a computer, you sit on a rock, a log, the good earth, and take in nature. At least I do!
Enjoy! I hope you have the good fortune to have adventures in the wilderness that I’ve had! There will be both a total eclipse in the US in 2017 and I now have a video of the annular eclipse that occurred 20 May 2012!
The recent transit of Venus is the last such transit until December 2117 (Venus transits are always in June or December). The video shows how slowly Venus moved across the Sun, but to see a planet actually moving is exceedingly rare.
Recent picture of total solar eclipse taken from Green Island, Queensland, Australia. There is a story behind this one, including my being interviewed on Australian TV, and there is only one semi-decent picture, because of camera problems.
All my pictures are currently being loaded on to photobucket, so if you want to see more than there are on the blog, log on and look!