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Greetings!  I’m Cathy Bell, an itinerant naturalist and park ranger.  (Twitter: @RangerCathy)

I studied geology as an undergraduate at Princeton University, and recently completed a Master of Science degree in plant biology with the Field Naturalist program at the University of Vermont.  My master’s project work involved studying alpine plants in the Sierra Nevada mountains of  Sequoia National Park, California.

Since 2006, I have worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service.  Most of my time has been spent at Old Faithful in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, the place that feels more like home to me than anywhere else I’ve ever lived.  I’ve also spent a significant amount of time working for the Division of Resource Education at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, where I coordinated social media outreach efforts and conducted youth programs.

Homelandscapes describes some of my connections with the very special landscapes I have been fortunate to call home.  I hope the blog inspires others to cherish and nurture their own homelandscapes, whether that means an urban backyard, the local nature center, or a working farm.  (Learn more about why I chose the name Homelandscapes.)

Blog posts include writings on natural history, news of current events pertaining to national parks or conservation, and photography from some of America’s most treasured wild lands.  You may find the occasional trip report or book review among my posts, too.

This blog reflects the personal opinions of the author, and should not be construed as presenting the official views of the National Park Service or any of my previous employers.  It is written entirely on my own time.

All text and most photography on this site is copyright Cathy Bell.  Images by others are credited accordingly.  Unauthorized use and/or duplication of content is prohibited.  Sharing of excerpts or links is encouraged, with credit given to Cathy Bell and cathybell.org.  Please contact me if you’d like to obtain an image for educational purposes or have questions about what constitutes fair use.

Thanks for visiting!

alpine wildflowers at New Army Pass, Sequoia National Park

alpine wildflowers at New Army Pass, Sequoia National Park

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cindi #

    Beautiful photos!! Love your essay on Glacier National Park. We visited in mid August of this year. We spent all of our time on the West side. Hope to get back soon and explore the East side!!

    October 17, 2012
    • cathybell #

      Thanks! I’ve been to Glacier twice, but both trips were far too short. I think both the east and west sides of the park are wonderful in their different ways. I love the diversity of the plants in the forests of the west side, but the sheer drama of the scenery on the east can’t be beat. On my next trip, I want to spend more time in the backcountry!

      October 21, 2012
  2. Jo Ann #

    You have a beautiful blog and your posts are very informative. You also explore subjects in depth, which I appreciate but not many bloggers choose to do. I will be back to visit your site.

    January 24, 2013
    • Thank you so much, Jo Ann! I appreciate the kind words. And I’ve been enjoying reading Wood and Field–it’s so much fun to see how the experience of the seasons varies from place to place.

      January 24, 2013

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