Each year, I think I am going to be able to get a holiday letter composed and cards written, but usually grading, end of semester reports, other holiday preparations, etc. get in the way. Hopefully, I will finish this letter this time around instead of having it in my folder of uncompleted documents!
This past year has certainly been a time of transitions.
|My new office|
|Dad with Ray and me at his 80th birthday celebration - just before he passed away|
|At Presque Isle Park with mom|
|Mom and Roy - friends since childhood|
|Where I grew up|
|Shoofly enjoying the warmth of the sun|
We still have Zyzzz and Shadow though. Zyzzz likes to pose (below); Shadow not so much.
We still live on the old farm which keeps us busy as there are always projects. It is a wonderful place to go for walks with Revi the Retriever, and we were inundated with peaches and pears from the “orchard” this year. (A tough problem to have, I know.)
|Putting last year's Christmas present to work|
|We are so blessed with this view|
|An early spring walk with Revi|
|Reconnecting with Suzi Banks Baum|
|Typical habitat in the Poconos|
|Mom and son annual fall birding trek to Delaware and Cape May|
|End of year awards ceremony at Moravian Academy|
|Not a wedding; this was Joren's graduation!|
|Five of the six faculty in Costa Rica - El Zota Biological Station|
|We had some students with us as well!|
|NCUR poster session; Laura explains her project|
|Camping at the base of the Tetons gets a bit cold when it is in the 20's and raining! (I cheated and stayed in a hostel)|
|One of my favorite places in Yellowstone.|
Because I wasn't teaching in fall, I could finally take a vacation trip during migration season. I went to Hog Island, ME and had an amazing time with great friends, birders and storytellers, even if there weren't a lot of birds.
|Some wonderful sunsets viewed from Hog Island|
|With Drew Lanham and Mark Garland|
|Chatting with Scott Weidensaul|
|Joren enjoying our nice digs in Marrakech|
|With Gillian Bowser and Joren in a Moroccan spice shop|
|4th of July family reunion|
Wishing you all the very best during the holiday season and may 2017 be filled with happiness, good health, and an appreciation for all that is good in the world.
Love, Diane, Dave, Corey, & Joren
|Fall birding and hiking|