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.  

Illustration of 5 species of Atlantic flying fish.

Five species of Western Atlantic Flyingfish

An old favorite plate from both my offshore field guides, A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife, and A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico.

Painting of Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches

Our two nuthatch species

We have two nuthatch species here in Connecticut: the White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis), and the Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis). Both are particularly obvious at this time of year, both in the wild creeping over tree trunks, and at backyard feeders. .

Detail of a painting of a juvenile Bald Eagle.

Connecticut River Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles are one of the great environmental success stories of the last 40 years. After a devastating population drop due to DDT damage to their eggs in the 1960s, Bald Eagles have made a spectacular comeback since the early 1990s. You can now routinely expect to see Bald Eagles at all of the major ...

Oil painting by Willard Metcalf "Thawing Brook (Winter Shadows), from 1911.

Willard Metcalf: Thawing Brook (Winter Shadows), 1911

A perfect Metcalf painting for a sunny winter day in the aftermath of the recent "blizzardcaine," Storm Nemo. Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858–1925) is normally grouped with the American Impressionists, but Metcalf has always been one of my favorite American painters precisely because he never shaped his paintings to fit the mold of conventional painterly "Impressionist" ...