What is Natural Wonders about?

The natural world is weird and surprising and incredibly fascinating if we only look closely and dig deeply enough.

I write this newsletter in a Q & A structure based on questions I have about natural phenomena - "wonderings about my wanderings" so to speak. I try to keep it informal, informative yet entertaining, because I feel like most folks are crazy-busy and just want a quick break from their day while also learning something new. I hope, after reading my newsletters, that you might pay a little closer attention to the amazing-ness of nature.

“I knew a little, now I know more. Thanks. Really enjoying your research and writings from your wonders and wanders through the forests” ~ Neal

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Who am I?

I grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina at a rafting company situated right on the Appalachian Trail. We lived deep in the bottom of the Nantahala Gorge, where there was no television reception but plenty of things to do outside, and since it was the 70s and 80s, I was free to roam the woods, rivers and creeks with my brother under very little supervision. I was naturally curious about everything I saw, and there were plenty of things to see in the Smokies.

Flash forward to today, and I am an avid hiker and mountain biker, so I spend a good deal of time in the woods. I like to notice things that others might miss – an oddly shaped tree, the way rocks are cradled amongst roots, the ghostly impressions of leaves rotting on a gravel road. I also have questions about some of the things I see – why are there foamy bubbles in this creek? Why does this tree have large bumps all over it? Do trees migrate? What made this leaf so lacy? I’m not a trained naturalist, but I was an elementary teacher, which means I’m used to being asked off-the-wall questions and researching the answer. This newsletter is a chance for me to share some of the interesting things I see along with the answers to questions I find myself asking.

“I look at trees completely differently since I’ve been reading your newsletter!” ~ Beth

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