17 Mar 2014 | One Comment | Books | Art | Misc »

I’ll be speaking and signing books at the Battle of the Books tomorrow,
March 18, 2014, at the Orion Township Public Library.

Every year students at the library read 14 books and answer questions in a quiz show format.
The students have fun, win prizes and read great books.

I’ll tell the story of creating my picture book Step Gently Out with Helen Frost,
answer questions and maybe give a sneak peek at future books.

Below, a river-side damselfly from Step Gently Out:

Step Gently Out - Damselfly photo

11 Mar 2014 | 9 Comments | Insects etc. »

All light and grace, a new-born mantis
unfolds wrinkles in the garden light, exchanging
signals with future prey.


A new-born mantis unfolds wrinkles in the garden light

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Chinese Praying Mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis

4 Mar 2014 | 7 Comments | Insects etc. »

The last light sheds its meager rays
in the lost corners of the world,
unraveling a tiny universe, rousing
the workers from sleep.


The last light sheds its meager rays on an ant<br />
 in the lost corners of the world

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Eastern black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus

24 Feb 2014 | 13 Comments | Birds »

A songbird searches for spring, an avian geometer
calculates angles of light between
late winter afternoons.


A songbird searches for spring

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Sparrow | Passer domesticus

18 Feb 2014 | 15 Comments | Insects etc. »

Bees speed through a garden, fracturing
the landscape into colors, bringing news
of flowers too big to be ignored.


Bees speed through a garden, fracturing<br />
 the landscape into colors

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Honey bee | Apis mellifera