All posts by Patrick Lynch

Artist | writer | designer | photographer Patrick J. Lynch is a Senior Digital Officer in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at Yale University. In his 43 years with Yale University he has been a medical illustrator, biomedical and scientific photographer, audiovisual producer, and for the past 30 years a director of media and communications service units, and a designer of interactive multimedia teaching, training, and informational software and Web sites. Lynch has won over 30 national and international awards for his medical illustration, publications, and software design, including a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award, the 2005 Pirelli INTERNETional Awards for Best Overall multimedia teaching site, and best site from higher education, the 1992 Best-in-Show Award from the Health Sciences Communications Association and a Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Award of Excellence in the international INVISION Multimedia Awards. Lynch has authored over 100 professional papers, magazine articles, and book chapters. He has been a consultant and invited speaker on Web design and Web communications issues to many universities, government agencies, corporations, and non-profits groups, and regularly does talks, workshops, and professional papers on communications management, biocommunications, academic computing, medical illustration, biomedical visualization, and Web strategy and production management. In 2011 Yale University Press published his latest book, A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico, a winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for 2012 for field guidebooks. Previous National Outdoor Book Award winners include Farley Mowat, Robert Michael Pyle, David Attenborough, Roderick Nash, Richard Bangs, and Aldo Leopold.

Book cover: This Fine Piece of Water.

This Fine Piece of Water

Tom Anderson's book This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound is a well-written and enormously useful resource on the human and biology history of the Sound, as well as an examination of the many serious environmental threats facing Long Island Sound and its coastlines. One of the few book-length explorations ...

Megan Jaegerman forest wildlife diagram (detail of a portion of the diagram).

Superb visual explanations

Edward Tufte on the brilliant datagraphics of former New York Times visual journalist Megan Jaegerman. Superb diagrams and visual explanations.

Photo of a Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron

“Your sigh, I am told, is like the sound of rain driven against tower bells. You smell like wild ginger. When you lift your foot from the river, water doesn't run off it to spoil the transparent surface of the shallows. The water hesitates to offend you.” —Barry Lopez, The Search for the Heron, River ...

Illustration of a Blue Jay, see in a side view.

Local toughs

For some reason many people aren't fond of Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata), but I just love it when a gang of these big raucous songbirds show up at the backyard feeders. American birders often take this gorgeous bird for granted, but Blue Jays are usually the first species European visitors want to track down in ...

Book cover, "On Writing Well."

The best book I know on writing nonfiction

I was talking with a friend recently about writing and writing guides, and it reminded me that Zinsser's book On Writing Well isn't just a wonderful, straightforward guide to clear writing. Its core advice is a great philosophy on creating any kind of media: writing, video, illustration, whatever. Highly recommended.

Little Blue Heron walking across tall reeds in a marsh.

Long toes

Now you know why their toes are so long. Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida.

Small tuna species. Copyright 2013 Patrick Lynch. All rights reserved.

Small tuna

I love the bold colors of these small tuna species. They're like little Word War II fighters. Frigate Mackerel (Auxis thazard), and Little Tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus). Photoshop paintings ©Copyright 2013, by Patrick Lynch. All rights reserved.

Swing band "SwingInParis," performing on the Pont Saint-Louis, Paris

The City of Light

Swing band, Pont Saint-Louis, Paris. The band pictured here is wonderful: SwingInParis. More Paris pictures from last year's visit.

Book cover: Salvaging the Real Florida.

Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and found in the State of Dreams

A really fine read. Twice even. As Papa said: "All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good, the bad, the ecstasy, the ...

Photo of a young humpback whale feeding at the surface, surrounded by gulls.

Big gulp

A year-old Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeds on schools of Atlantic Herring (Clupae harengus) and Sand Lance (Ammodytes americanus) on Stellwagen Bank, just north of Race Point on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The birds are Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) of various ages.