Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Hi All-

Can you believe that it is fall already? Amazing. I remember how we were all just pining for spring. Meg and I are are taking in the baseball game on the couch right now- L.A. vs. Chicago tonight. The field season is finally coming to an end- the frost will hit soon and kill most plants. Still, I have one more trip scheduled tomorrow to collect ash seeds at Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve with a colleague from the U.S. Forest Service, and a trip to Lorain County scheduled the day after Columbus day.

And guess what? Megan and I are going to Maine one week from tomorrow. We'll be there in the height of what Mainers call "leaf peeping season", when tons of out-of-staters flock to the state to take in its scenic beauty. I can't wait- I've never been to Maine at this time of year.

And to capture Maine photographically, I've once again turned to Roger Cicala and I just put in a order for the Canon EFS 10-22 mm lens for my digital Rebel XTI. This lens allows super wide angle capabilities, and I can't wait to attach it to my camera. I've been reading up on several articles on how to use wide angle lenses, the best one is here.

If you own a DSLR camera, and haven't visited, you are missing out. This will be my third rental from them, and I've been impressed. They rent Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus lenses and camera bodies. Renting lenses has allowed me to shoot with some of the best glass Canon makes, but without emptying our bank accounts.

I've been working on a post about two dragonfly species that are Franklin County records (never been found before in Franklin County) It is a bit of a long story, so I've got plenty of pictures, text, and hopefully a few maps. Look for it soon.



  1. Burrrrrrrrr. Mighty chilly up here in CleveLand! I can't believe how quickly the leaves are changing this year and falling to the ground. What does that portend, oh nature guru?

    Excited for Maine pics! We can all experience the beautiful New England fall foliage through your eyes.

  2. Tom: Wishing you a good trip and waiting for the Maine shots.

  3. Alright, now I'm just jealous. We didn't get our Maine trip this year and here you are going AGAIN!! Have a great time up there in my second favorite state :)

  4. Looking forward to the pictures, of course. Have a great time!

  5. Earthmother- I was in Ashtabula county on Tuesday, and it was pretty cold. I have no idea what is in stake for us weather wise!

    Tom- I'll try to get good ones.

    Swamp- It is a cool place isn't it? But no green tree frogs, or green snakes for that matter.

    Thanks Lana-