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United States
Nature, Prehistory, & Fantasy
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Artistic Expression: My primary hobbies are writing and photography. My writing usually takes the form of fantasy literature, and I am currently working on the second round of editing/rewriting for my first novel manuscript. I also enjoy writing literary journalism-type essays (things you would see in hobbyist magazines) and monologues/theater scripts.

My photography focuses mainly on nature and wildlife (particularly birds). The region of the US where I live has a great diversity of habitats and offers plenty of opportunities for any photographer.

Education: I have an Associate's Degree in Wildlife Technology, and my Bachelor's Degree was an independent major focused on environmental education, natural disasters, and writing. I know how to assess the health of habitats and waterways, determine whether they are suitable for a given species, perform various population studies, and do basic management of harvestable forest stands. I also know how to create basic mitigation plans for preparation and evacuation in case of any number of natural disasters.

Residence: The region of the US where I live is also along the line of the furthest glacial encroachment of the current "Ice Age." The entire landscape I live in has been shaped by naturally-occurring climate change, and because of the evidence and information I've gathered from living in this region my entire life and from the various professors I've studied under, I do not believe in man-made global warming. Any information you wish to present to me regarding this should be firsthand scientific papers with all the data and experiment details, not secondhand, media-edited hearsay for the common man.
... not necessarily mine, but that's not the point.

Tomorrow I'll be heading off to start my summer job as the nature/environmental education specialist at a rustic, Christian-based summer camp. I won't have internet access while I'm there, but I'll try to check in when I come home to do laundry on the weekends. The camping season will last for the next six weeks (approximately), so my activity here on dA will be even lower than usual.

WH Scrub Grass 5040 by GhostInThePines

Some of the literary community members here have made comments that assume I should still be able to participate in the dA book club or check in via SmartPhone while at camp, but those assumptions should seem rather ridiculous to anyone who has ever participated/worked at a rustic youth camp. This is an overnight camp with week-long sessions. Staff are not allowed to use cell phones in front of campers (with the exception of calling back to the office to update the director on the status of off-campus camp activities). Our days start with polar bear swim at 7:30AM and won't end until all of our campers are safely in bed and sleeping at (hopefully) 11:00PM. These are kids. They must be supervised and/or entertained throughout the entire day (and hopefully learn some things about God, nature, team building, and their own capabilities all at the same time). Activities include ziplining, arts & crafts, ropes course elements, creek hikes, campfire cooking, swimming, biking, various games & team-building exercises, and lots more. There is no real downtime for staff outside of two hours scheduled for showers and curriculum preparation during the day.

WH Chapel Rock 5085 by GhostInThePines

I might be able to get a little more in the way of personal time seeing as I'll be working primarily in a support staff position. I will work until the day's work is done. But after I finish my duties, I'll be expected to join in with games and discussions with the kids. When I'm not teaching environmental education, I'm hoping the camp director will have me doing maintenance and office work, but there's a chance I'll be counseling directly with the kids as well. Support staff gets to sleep in the staff-only cabins, but counselors have to sleep in the same cabins as their campers. I'd rather be in the staff cabin, but counseling the high school groups isn't bad. They're typically lower-energy than the middle school kids and are just as happy playing problem-solving games as they are doing strenuous activities.

So goodbye until next weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful season!

- Ghost -

P.S.: Wish me luck! I'm gonna miss my dogs within the first week and be utterly fed up with my roommates by the end of the summer.
  • Listening to: Gordon Lightfoot, Lion King OST
  • Reading: In Bushveld and Desert, by: Christiaan Bakkes
  • Watching: the stars and the clouds
  • Playing: camp games
  • Eating: s'mores
  • Drinking: water, black tea, more water...

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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to :iconbeautiful-wilderness:

It is a great pleasure having you with us :floating:
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I'm looking forward to participating in this group!
Plioart Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
Miss-Whoa-Back-Off Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the :+fav:! ^_^
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
GvonR Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave! :hug:
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're quite welcome!
HorheSoloma Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for fave!!! :)
GhostInThePines Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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