Saturday, April 18, 2015

Laramie Boomerang is newest outlet for Drawn to the West

I am delighted to announce that the Laramie Boomerang is Drawn to the West's newest outlet. The column will run in the print editions of the newspaper ever other week, starting with the article that ran this Saturday, April 18th.  

On that note, this week's column focuses on spring global traditions, harbingers, and how to track local phenology (definition). Despite a big storm that has dumped snow in my area since Wednesday, spring is in full swing. As you can see by some of the sketches I've made in my backyard garden, rhubarb is sprouting, robins are back, and for the most part, the sun has been shining.

This week's column
In the syndicated column, I've highlighted the etymological origins of spring, explored a few international cultural traditions, and focused on how much fun and scientific value there can be in each of us tracking local signs of spring.

The following illustrations accompany the column, which is available to subscribers of publications running Drawn to the West as a syndicated column. 

"Locally, our recognition of spring corresponds with phenology, the study of cyclical natural changes based on seasonal temperature and weather. The word is based on phenomenon, from Latin and Greek words meaning ‘to show’ or ‘to appear.’ These life cycle events herald the end of winter and the beginning of the growing season. " 
"And don't discount the difference your backyard observations can make. [...] As a recent article from the University of Washington indicates, volunteer science efforts like this are worth at least $2.5 billion annually, span the globe, and make robust long-term data sets available for biodiversity research in unprecedented ways."
 If you'd like to read the column, let your local newspaper or magazine editor know you want to see an illustrated version of the West in their publication!

Adding watercolor and ink to pencil sketches made of my backyard rhubarb bed

The following links lead to bonus material - some of the content I read while preparing the article, as well as a few items just for fun.

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