Bryan's Blog

The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer

Waiting (and Rooting) for Mulberrywings

In a sedgy wetland, beside a lone milkweed, I wait for an endearing little butterfly.

The Virtue in Uncertainty

Lessons from the lovely, confusing butterflies here in my backyard — and most likely in yours.

Little Brown Butterflies and the Pandemic

Finding refuge from the coronavirus pandemic among rare brown butterflies and remote northern bogs.

The Audacity of Bloodroot

Elegance and audacity in the dance of the Bloodroot’s flower and leaf — with snow in the forecast tonight here in Vermont.

Announcing: The Viral Spring

Your field guide to nature during the pandemic, with regular updates as we practice “distant socializing” (including in the wilds of our homes and back yards).

Orange and Metal

Orangetip and metalmark butterflies, their charisma, coronavirus, and the human condition this coming spring.

The Naked Signs of Spring

Reporting from the American South, I bring you vultures, violets and hints of springtime.

Butterflies in Tribute to Darwin and Lincoln

Butterflies in celebration of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, each born on this day 211 years ago.

Insects and Impeachment

Pygmy dragonflies, charismatic butterflies, atomic bombs and toxic politics.

Cheating Death

A moth, a carnivorous plant, a Barbara Kingsolver novel and its cover illustration launch me on a journey of natural history and mistaken identity.

Digital Cameras for Nature Photography

Freshened up and revised for 2020, here’s my overview and advice for birders, biologists, field naturalists or anyone else who might want better images from nature.

Avocets and Hockey

A field biologist (and hockey fan) reviews the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra’s performance last night.