In essays and other ways – fiction, journals, travel pieces,
blogs – I write mostly about the natural world, especially
about the landscape of the southern Piedmont, where I’ve
lived for most of my life. Occasionally I write about special
places like the Okefenokee Swamp, the coastal marshes and islands
of the Southeast, or even the mountains of Yellowstone National
Park, but I am most interested in exploring the beauty, mystery
and surprises of the less appreciated old fields, second-growth
woods, creeks, wetlands and wildlife around my own home and region.
I want to learn more about them, to share what I learn, and to
work with others to do what I can to help protect them for the
Most of the first few pieces here are previously unpublished essays. I’ll be adding more – both new and old pieces – as soon as I can. My main project currently is a collection of essays titled Inside a Southern Woodland. Several of these are included here and others will be added as I complete them.
There's nothing pretty about these woods in winter. Gray, battered, wet and bleak, the tall oaks and hickories stand starkly bare and blotched, as if stripped naked, unkindly exposed. Every scar, swollen joint, crooked limb and ragged break revealed. The evergreens droop. On the floor of the woods, withered vines, broken branches and parts of trunks, dead leaves, stump holes and fungi spread in a jumble of litter. It's generally a mess. It's cold and often rainy, windy, darkly damp and chill, but not cold enough for the saving white grace of snow. FULL ESSAY>>
In my blog BirdingNotes I write mostly about the birds and other wildlife around my home in Watkinsville, Georgia, and occasionally about birding in other places.
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