While growing up one of my two prized possessions was a Brownie Hawkeye Camera. (The other was my green Roadmaster bicycle.) I carried that camera everywhere and was always taking photos. Although my Brownie Hawkeye has been replaced and now sits on a shelf, my fascination with photography has not waned. I still carry my camera everywhere.

I was also the family outlier because of my interest in the natural environment surrounding me. As much of my free time as possible was spent alone in the Western Pennsylvania woods near our home and camping with my Scout troop. To this day my favorite activity is wandering through forests, across fields, along the coast – anywhere – photographing and observing the flora and fauna.

I am fascinated by so many wonders that I have never become expert in any one area – a nature dilettante. With these photos and musings I hope to share my amateur knowledge and novice photographic skills and learn in the process. I will only post pictures that I have taken.  All useful information and corrections are welcome.

My husband and hiking partner, Leonard, and I live in the high desert of Northeastern California. It is an area rich in diversity. Indeed, the deer and the antelope do play in our pastures,  surrounded by a plethora of wildflowers, birds, trees, grasses. . . .

21 Responses to About

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Just what I needed! I photographed a long-needled pine with male cones back in May, on the other side of the mountains. For me, that’s the Cascades and I was in the Methow Valley. Your post on that plant was helpful. And I too am an east coast transplant, for sure a nature lover, a photographer….and a fancier of ginkgo trees. You never know what google searches might turn up. 🙂

  2. michael DiBenedetto says:

    Hi Chris: Love your blog. Thanks so much for enriching our understanding of the multidimensional aspects of the nature. Say, I left a comment/question on https://thenatureniche.com/2012/03/29/acorn-woodpecker-social-structure/
    Hoping you might have an answer or direct me to someone that does.
    Thanks again for all you do.

    Michael DiBenedetto
    Walnut Creek, CA

    • gingkochris says:

      I am not on my blog every day so often do not respond immediately. Sorry I was unable to help on the acorn woodpecker “sleeping tree” name. I will keep that question in the back of my mind as I research and read.

  3. Jan says:

    Hello Chris! I am a photographer living full time in Lake Almanor since 1977. Nice to see your blog and photos!

  4. gaiainaction says:

    What a very interesting blog you have, wonderful to browse through it. I’m fascinated by nature too and it’s nice to get enthused even more. Kind regards, Agnes

  5. I find your blog fascinating. We have similar interests in nature and the environment, although in totally different locations. I shall enjoy looking through your lens 🙂

  6. Mrs. P says:

    I browsed through your photos and you are an excellent photographer. I am glad to know that you only post pictures you have taken. That’s awesome!

  7. Chris, wow, you have shared a beautiful talent by sharing your love of photography. My father always said ” The largest sin is not using the brain given to you” Wow lady you have combined your love & brain w/ treasures to share ! I think your heart shows right thru !!! Congrat’s. Thank you for letting us enjoy both !!! J & M

  8. Allison says:

    Chris, this is wonderful! I’m sending your link to my folks.

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