It’s cold outside. Not just cold – blustery cold. The kind of blustery cold that takes your breath away unless you turn your face out of the wind. It’s the time of year when people ask themselves why they live in places that get this cold. That’s never been something I’ve fretted about. Seasons feel right to me. I appreciate spring because it follows winter. Winter is also a time to slow down and get things done that are too easily put off during the rest of the year. When going outside is a pleasant option why would you install the new toilet or sort through the overflowing drawer of miscellany in the dining room?
On the other hand, late winter is certainly a time when I start to feel flower withdrawal. It’s not a major affliction, but a real one. Looking at spring flower photos from previous years sometimes helps me, so in case the same applies to you, here are a few spring flower photos from recent years. These are the friends I’m looking forward to seeing in about two months. In the meantime (Brr) I have a drawer to see about…
Every December, I post some my favorite photos and writings from the year. This year, I was either particularly prolific or particularly bad at narrowing things down. Regardless, I decided to split my “Best of 2018” blog post into two parts so I could include more without making a single overwhelmingly-large post.
Of course, these “Best of” posts are common across many media platforms this year. It’s fun to look back at previous work. It’s also, of course, nice to take a break from creating NEW content and just recycle old content! So yes, I’m being extra lazy by getting out of creating content twice instead of once. If it makes me (I mean you) feel better, I’ve also been working on a lot of data that should provide fodder for some pithy posts within the next month or two. Maybe that will help make up for my laziness this month.
In Part 1 of this two part series, then, I’m including half of my favorite photos from 2018, along with about half of the posts I thought were most interesting, or at least fun to write this year. That, of course, includes the project that consumed much of my time this year – my square meter photography project. After an initial post in January that described the project, I posted 6 updates throughout the year that summarized activity from the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October. You can also read an encapsulation of the whole project here.
I also wrote several natural history profiles, including this one on the secret lives of grasshoppers and this one on the oil beetle, which has larvae that trick bees into taking them home to eat baby bees. Plants weren’t ignored either, as I wrote a post talking about the value of both ironweed and marestail, which are often misunderstood to be pests.
But hey, I’m sure you already read those posts and remember every detail. If that’s the case, here is the first half of my favorite photos from 2018 for your perusal and (hopefully) enjoyment.