Greater Sage-Grouse in WY

Greater sage-grouse are illuminated on a lek by sunrise over the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Aurora photographed in February 2016 in Ruka, Finland

Northern Lights in Finland

Aurora photographed in February 2016 in Ruka, Finland

Common Seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina), off Lismore, Argyll

1977-1978 Harbor Seal Census of Puget Sound, WA

Small crab looking right, standing in the grass at Kama Botany May National park.

Crab enjoying the National park

Teal, J. M. (1958). Distribution of Fiddler Crabs in Georgia Salt Marshes. Ecology, 39(2), 186–193.

The Zumwalt Prairie, managed by The Nature Conservancy, Wallowa County, Oregon

Pollination in the Zumwalt Prairie

Rolling hills of the Zumwalt Prairie landscape in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Black, white and orange koi fish

Koi Fish in Pond

Taylor, Nick G. H., et al. “Modelling the Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) Epidemic Highlights the Importance of Active Surveillance within a National Control Policy.” Journal of Applied Ecology, vol….

Gray wolf entering a body of water.

Gray Wolves in the Pacific Northwest

Weckworth, B. V., Talbot, S. L., & Cook, J. A. (2010). Phylogeography of wolves (Canis lupus) in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Mammalogy, 91(2), 363–375.

Natural Landscape

The long stretches of mountains and clouds bring peace and smiles.

Spy x Family Bond Dog

Spy x Family: Anya and Bond

Taken from the Crunchyroll Website celebrating 4 million copies of “Spy x Family” Manga

A cartoonish wood carved seagull wears a pink knitted hat the size of a thimbel.

small hat

small bird in a small hat

Two black and white dogs on beach

Brynigan and Nia

Photograph of dogs

My dog in her happy place

She loves places where there’s sunlight so she probably was pretty happy to be laying in the sun.

Samurai the Cat

A cat named Samurai that visited my job, he was so soft and affectionate.

Baby Leo

Baby Yoda doll holding an orange purse with an eyeball on it.

Baby Yoda goes shopping

Baby Yoda!!

colorful kawaii daruma

Introducing Theresa

Adjectives: crotchety, wannabe creative, tired (aren’t we all?) Departments: History (primary focus), African Studies (secondary focus), Canadian Studies (teritiary focus), Western Europe (hardly any focus), Comparative History of…

sleeping rabbit in a carrier

Jun the Foster Rabbit

Sweet little foster rabbit named Jun. He got adopted quicker than any other foster animal I’ve had.

Small dog

Picture of my dog smiling at me

A long overdue wash

My project car that hasn’t run in years got its first bath in 3 years and really made me happy!

Jumping in a Puddle

A picture I took in high school that won a photography contest. It was hung up in St. Clare’s Hospital for a year, and is now in my…

Take out of dim sum and kimchi

Dim Sum!

Surprise dim sum from a bus!

Road trip with my brother

It is hard to put together a road trip with my brother and friends, but when it finally happens it is great! Especially we all drive a VW…

lady and bodyguard

German Shepard and Rottweiler

Two Brothers!

Two good boys

trying to overwrite deep dark

deep dark

Degree Metrics

Major Data Tacoma

Black Pomeranian/Chihuahua lying on owner staring at camera for Erika Bailey\'s Pool of Smiles.

Relaxed Fiji

Lasers and strobe lights illuminate a dim parking garage, full of people dancing with a stage at the back of the room.

Parking Garage Lasers

Taken at a music festival, this picture reminds me of our pre-COVID days and being able to have fun and forget about the worlds issues for at least…

Deep dark

deep dark

black image.

Picture of my cat Bandit laying on the bed.

Bandit the Cat

Picture of my 13 year old cat Bandit who I love with all my heart.

Peace Out

How I say bye to people

Cat Naps

Ludo, the great brown floof

A cat sitting on her perch and smiling smugly.

The Best Cat in the World

My cat and her usual look when I try to wake her up.



Campfire in Forest

Moving Day

Moving West

Me and my pups on the road to Tacoma!

This is my dog barking AGAIN. What a donkey.

do dog barking gifs work?

I did the same thing as last time. Except this time my dog was 4 years older, and should’ve definitely known better by now.

my dog being an idiot and barking at the doorbell


I rang the doorbell of my house while videoing my dog, and this is a frame from the video of him barking like an idiot at nothing.

A photograph taken in Lincoln Park, showing lots of green leafy trees and a low wooden fence gently framing a wide dirt walking path.

A leafy walk in Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Walking on a summer Sunday is a delight!

Image of an Australian Cattle Dog in a wagon.

Lilly the Dog

This is my dog, Lilly!  She is amazing.

A big wheel with an average sized child in front

Morning light through quilt-like curtains.

My sister’s curtains

I recently got to visit my sister at her home in Iowa. The morning light streaming in the guest bedroom made me so happy because I loved these…

Image of large stone toward atop highest point on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands in Washignton State.

Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island

Climbing this tower and every rock around it with my very adventurous 3 year old daughter this weekend was a highlight of my summer.

Vibrant yellow flowers in bright sunshine. Photo taken in Maui.

Springtime in Maui

Splashes of yellow, especially in nature, always make me smile.

Blackberry images on white background.

Blackberry Picking Brings Me Joy!

I love when the warm summer winds begin to smell like blackberry pie.

Caught in the act!


This clever critter loves to rob the bird feeder.

Summer Seltzers

A variety of Polar seltzers.

Dark brown mini dachshund laying on a blue blanket with her feet all tucked under her.

Coco Being a Loaf

My dog, Coco, makes me smile every day. She is very cute, and loves to snuggle up under blankets right next to me. She turns 16 this October.

International man of mystery

View of Hawaii

Nature is the medicine

Sit, think, and smile

Daphnia magna micrograph

Daphnia magna, an example of charismatic microfauna

Daphnia magna is the model organism used by students enrolled in BIOMD495 with Dr. Alison Gardell at UW Tacoma. Students are performing original experiments related to the environmental…

Summer blooming tree

Summertime in the south

British Museum’s Reading Room

Wonderful space for learning in London.

A moving tribute to Jerry Orbach

Literally moving…

Joe Biden holding hot rod magazine washing his car


American Library Association READ poster featuring Joe Biden created by Dylan Burns.

child washing car

Hard at work

Pandemic entertainment. Put him to work!

A small orange cat

My friend Cobra Kitty

This is Cobra Kitty, who is an excellent cat. She likes to chirp at birds.

Say Cheese Neon Sign

Say Cheeeeese

Image of City Grind

City Grind

Thinking of City Grind makes me smile!

Pyramid Pie

The best pie chart that doesn’t include actual pie. No I want pie!

A visiting friend – Griffy

Heart Lake

Book Jackets of Black Lives Matter Readings

BLM Book Titles

Here is a list of books to read to educate oneself on Black Lives Matter issues.

Childhood rulers

My parents recently moved across the country and mailed me some boxes of my things. I’ve enjoyed rediscovering gems like these 🙂

black cat on a lap, with head resting against a forearm

Cozy Coworker

Our cat Minoux likes to keep me company during my workday, although sometimes the positions that are coziest for her are least useful for me.

a child stands with back to camera, using a flashlight against a wall

3 year old with a flashlight

The joy that a flashlight brings a 3 year old is infectious

Black and white cat sitting on a puzzle. The puzzle's image is many cats.

Cats are puzzling creatures.

Mural on outside of boarded up business that reads "I Protest the Robbery of my Voice" with images of black and brown faces around it.

I Protest the Robbery of My Voice

Pacific Avenue is beautified with murals. It reminded me of the energy of the movement for black lives.

open face tomato and mayo sandwich on wood table.

The best sandwich of the summer.

The best sandwich of the summer: a sliced heirloom tomato on toasted bread with mayo.