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Works at Naturography - The nature photography of Mike Spinak, specializing in showing the extraordinary in the landscapes and life forms of California and the Western United States.
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I love the smell of old books.
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I have a lot of old books too. Some because I love the book, some are family books with inscriptions from great grandparents, some are interesting (although I don't know when I'll need to learn German for chemistry or Greek as it was taught in the 1940s), and some just because they're old and look nice. I like the smell and feel of them. They do take up space though, and they're a fire hazard I worry about from time to time.
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Here's one of my mobile phone snapshots of Davenport crack, from a couple years ago, with +Barry Blanchard.

I hope you enjoy it.
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Thank you, Barry.
:-)
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WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak   

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a northern elephant seal giving me a one-eyed stare. Please excuse me for posting yet another northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris). I just finished the draft for my book The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals a couple days ago, and the draft is currently getting some tough love in the hands of 28 test readers. Thus, I'm in the mood for sharing a picture of this amazing species. 

I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!
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A face only a mother could love :)
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The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals

Done! I just finished the draft of my forthcoming book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. (Well, sort of. Writers never really finish, right? I'm sure I'll still fiddle with it some more.) 

Now I feel like this elephant seal looks. After I get back from the aviation museum, I'll start sending it out to test readers. 

I have mixed feelings about The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. I think I made a good natural history book, but I'm still not sure it should ever be published. We'll see how the test readers react to such emotionally challenging content.

This picture, perhaps sadly, isn't in the book. There are a lot of photos I would have liked to put in, but they just didn't fit with the narrative. I might try to find ways to stick in this and a handful of others I'd really like to have in the book.
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Thank you, +Stephanie Mitchell and +Yasmin Simpson.
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Here's a male Anna's hummingbird in flight. This is another photo which did not make it into my book, Growing Up Humming. I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great weekend. 
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Hola, +julia chacon. Que tal?
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Here's a photo of a Northern elephant seal bull (Mirounga angustirostris) resting on seaweed. I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great weekend.
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A nice weekend to you and yours ! Wonderful shot !..
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WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak 

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a plump northern elephant seal pup resting on its mother's busom. Please excuse me for posting yet another northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris). I just finished the draft for my book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals, a couple days ago, and the draft is currently getting some tough love in the hands of 28 test readers. Thus, I'm in the mood for sharing a picture of this amazing species. 

I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!
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Thanks for letting me know, +Morkel Erasmus.

Have fun!
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From a conversation in the library with Ms. J, this afternoon:

(She handed me a book she was considering checking out, called Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In – When to Worry and When Not to Worry.)

Mike: "You already understand. You were a quirky kid. I was a quirky kid. We're both intimately familiar with what it's like to be quirky kids."

Ms. J: "Yeah, but we both grew up to be socially maladjusted freaks."

Mike: "You say that like it's a bad thing."

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Friends, 

Don't forget to go look at the total lunar eclipse tonight, if you can.
If you want to see Monday's total lunar eclipse, but don't know when to watch, let this story be your guide.
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I didn't forget it :)
It was awesome in Hawaii.
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Looking for Test Readers

I'm nearly done with the rough draft of The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. I'll probably finish tomorrow. 

This is the rough draft with the words and pictures, but it is not yet formatted in a way that looks like a finished book. I'm looking for what you think about it, what you like, what you dislike, what you would change and how, corrections of any errors you find, any editorial comments, etc.

In case you are familiar with my book Growing Up Humming, I must be clear that The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals is not cute, not rated G, not uplifting nor heartwarming. Elephant seals have very harsh lives, and  many of their behaviors are diametrically opposed to human values. 

If you'd like to be a test reader, let me know. 

Thank you.
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Add me to the list please. Animal life is harsh and most people don't know how hard it really is.
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Author and Photographer of Growing Up Humming

I began photography in 1998. I've been writing since I was little. Lifelong passions for travel, nature, and creative expression developed into a lifestyle and career in writing and photography.

I photograph landscapes, wildlife, flora, patterns – anything and everything nature. I use naturalist knowledge to find subjects and themes that people rarely see; then use photography and writing to share my experiences with others. I strive to show people the beauty and wonder of the natural world, so that people feel kinship with nature.

My nature photography studio is wherever he find myself with a camera and Nature’s largess.
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