A Fond Memory

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A morning view across Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park, 2007.
Photographer comment: This was taken about a year ago on a memorable trip where my wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary.
Image: James Neeley, Grand Teton Imaging [larger view].

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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to A Fond Memory

  1. vjack says:

    Wow! What a beautiful shot! I love the perspective on that one. Almost makes me feel like I’m there.

  2. Onkel Bob says:

    Isn’t it funny that many people find places that are so barren of life beautiful?
    I am a long distant hiker and invariably other hikers describe some of the high passes as beautiful. When you get there, there is less “life” (as in visible plants or animals) per square cm than in NYC!
    I particularly like Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s comment about earth not being made for people but as being outwardly hostile towards us. He commented that if he were to drop someone butt naked on any random patch of terra firma (ignoring that 70% water feature!) that the person would be dead in 10 minutes. Places such as the one pictured exemplify that assertion.
    An aside – I was hiking the John Muir Trail in 2004 and ran into 5 consecutive days of thunderstorms. Nothing quickens your pulse or pace than lightning strikes on high passes such as Glen Pass (12,000′) and Forester Pass (13,000′). At the latter one, I could feel the concussion from the thunder! Deadheads may know the story behind Saint of Circumstance, which contains the lines:Well, I sure don’t know
    What I’m goin’ for
    But I’m gonna go for it,
    That’s for sure.