The author in Hungary
The author near Pál-völgyi Cave, outside Budapest, Hungary. January 28, 2014.

Once upon a time…

…this blog was called Rosetta Stones, and it was a geology undergraduate’s first foray into science blogging. Some years later, I’ve had an interesting path, including work in museum collections management, informal science education, ecological research, and journalism to where I am now: Budapest, Hungary, studying for an M.Sc. in environmental science, policy, and management.

I’m not foreseeing a return to general science blogging, but I do need motivation to stay on top of my photo backlog. So the rechristened Nature Odes will be a place for me to write and share photos of the awesome places, flora, and fauna I try to see whenever I can. Some of it will be recent, some will be backlog (I went to the Galapagos in 2009 and still haven’t finished sorting the photos). Since I am as much interested in the experience of being out in nature as in photography, I won’t always be heavily curating the photos to only professional-quality work, but I’ll at least try to make sure they’re in focus—unless the animal is really, really awesome. In spring of 2014, I got a lot more serious about photography, so that may change in the future.

I’m originally from Oregon, but I spent a decade in Colorado and have a lot of backlog from the last few years, as well as from various trips.

You can find me in several other places on the web, including Flickr (portfolio and general account), 500px, BugGuide, iNaturalist, Odonata Central, and Mendeley, and you can also find my professional writing and editing portfolio here.