Bryan's Posts About Politics and Civility
Walking, Limping, Sitting
On the occasion of my total knee replacement, here is a reflection on walking, limping and sitting — and on finding equanimity in nature.
Silent Spring at 60
Were it published today, would Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring have had the same impact? My essay for The Boston Sunday Globe.
War and Nature
As a biologist here in the relative safety of New England, I’m struggling to reconcile the new life of spring emerging from the horrific shadows of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Since last autumn I’ve been photographing fallen pandemic masks. Performance art? Pandemic zeitgeist? You decide.
On Inauguration Day, an ephemeral insect in the Grand Canyon offers some perspective on rebuilding, hope and new forms of extinction.
The Year in Flight
From tiny butterflies to grand landscapes, my images of wildlife and wild places during a turbulent and traumatic year.
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.
A moth, a carnivorous plant, a Barbara Kingsolver novel and its cover illustration launch me on a journey of natural history and mistaken identity.
The 2019 Monarch Migration Report
The forecast this autumn calls for Monarchs — maybe even lots of them in some places.
The Extinction of Meaning
Now that the Trump administration has advanced its plan to weaken the Endangered Species Act, here’s my essay, first published at Medium.com, about our fading ties to wildlife and wild places.
Don’t Drain the Swamp
At long last, I stand with President Trump. Let us ridicule Washington no more as a swamp. A cesspool? Certainly. A sewer? Sure. But not a swamp. Not as a metaphor for our center of dysfunction, corruption and angry tweets. Swamps deserve far better.