John Messeder


My best friend gave me an insulated vest for the days when I venture out into the winter air. Out my back window, most of the trees have taken the opposite approach, having shed their raiment and shut down their blood supplies to protect against the frigid winds of winter.

A 43-degree morning breeze has the branches playing an unsuccessful game of keep-away with the avian backyard denizens. In warmer times, I tend toward sartorial minimalism, often wandering among nearby streams and forests, observing, and sometimes photographing, the non-humans who populate our portion of the planet.

John Messeder is an award-winning environmental columnist and social anthropologist, and lives in Gettysburg, PA. He may be contacted at

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