Bringing Nature to Your Fingertips

Welcome to! My name is Terry Thomas. I'm a professional wildlife biologist, photographer, author and naturalist. I love everything about nature and I love to learn and teach about what I learn.

We are developing this site as a place where visitors become friends and we all share ideas, experiences, and even our favorite wild places. Our goal is to help us all find ways to get outside, to learn, to explore, and to educate. I hope you'll join me often as we explore the natural world together.

Mission Statement

People care for the things they know and love. My mission is to help people understand and appreciate the natural world and to inspire all of us to better care for it.

Nature is a place of stunning beauty, raw action, and awesome power. There is something for everyone if you just know where to look. That is what this website is all about: bringing the natural world to your fingertips through inspirational writing, photography, and education. We'll show you where to find what you are looking for, and hopefully we'll introduce you to places, animals, plants, and ideas that you will find interesting and exciting. One of our goals is to help you and your family get the most from every excursion, have fun, learn about the environment, and even become an expert naturalist if you so desire. 

The Apaches believe that wisdom rests in wild places. To gain its wisdom, one must sit in that place. Another one of our goals is to help you get out and find those places.  is not about looking at nature, but rather, looking into nature and being tutored by what we see, applying and sharing the messages.

For those who find getting outside and close to wildness a bit intimidating, we hope to unravel some of the mystery through education. We'll help you replace fear with wonder as you discover an incredible new world, often as close as your own backyard.

 As you navigate through the website, you will find useful ideas and products to help you relish any adventure outside. We will bring you ways to enjoy time spent outside with your family and teach your children to embrace nature through games and activities outside.

Finally, is a place of sharing. We hope that visitors will share their ideas and thoughts about the out-of-doors, personal  experiences, places to go, and ways to enjoy every aspect of being outside in a world where getting dirty is part of the fun!

If you find this site to be useful and entertaining, please share it with your friends.

There are many pages on this website and we try to add something new each week. Check back often to see new additions.

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Watch here for news of upcoming events and other noteworthy activities

October 1, 2016

Read about Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota on the Nature Blog page. Just click on he image below.

September 30, 2016

I have added two new blog posts, Sinks Canyon State Park and Devils Tower National Monument, from our recent trip to Wyoming and South Dakota.  More to come! Just click on the Nature-Blog button above and you will be there.

September 24, 2016.  Quick Note:  We drove through Grand Teton National Park on our way home from South Dakota on the 22nd. I have never seen better color in the park! The cottonwood trees are all in full yellow and it doesn't look like a frost has gotten any of them. Willows and aspens are mostly at their peak as well, creating a sensory overload of yellow. It is worth the drive just to look at it. Better hurry as it won't last long.

July 17, 2016.

Friends of Camas NWR will be hosting a Birds, Bugles and Brunch activity at the refuge on September 24th. This is always a fun event. For more information go to the FoC website.

July 17, 2016.

The Perseid meteor showers have begun! Look for them between now and August 14 (when they will be at their peak) in the northeast sky. Best viewing is when the sky is darkest in the wee hours of the morning (sorry!). Also, even though they peak on August 13-14, the new moon is August 2, so viewing might actually be better then. Friends of Camas will be sponsoring an activity, Starry Starry Night, on August 12th. Check out the FoC website for more details.

I just posted a photography classroom topic called, Shooting from a Moving Vehicle. Check it out here!

Check out my latest blog post on our recent trip to southern Utah. Nature Blog

I have posted a new lesson in the Photography classroom. This one is on Foreground, Middle ground, Background. Will post another on shooting landscapes from a moving vehicle (!?!?!) very soon. Photography classroom

"WOW. What a phenomenal piece you wrote. You are amazing." Jennifer Jackson

That is embarrassing but actually a fairly typical response to my nature essays. Since The Best of Nature is created from the very best of 16 years of these nature essays published weekly in the Idaho Falls Post Register (online readership 70,000), The Best of Nature is a fine read. It covers a wide variety of topics including humorous glimpses of nature, philosophy, natural history, and conservation. Readers praise the style, breadth of subject matter and my ability to communicate complex and emotional topics in a relaxed and understandable manner.

Everyone can find something to love in this book. From teenagers to octogenarians, from the coffee shop to the school room, these nature essays are widely read and enjoyed.

Some of the essays here are my personal favorites, others seemed to strike a chord with readers. Most have an important message or lesson that will resonate with you. They are written with a goal to simultaneously entertain and educate about the wonderful workings of nature. Some will make you laugh out loud and others will bring a tear to the eye and warm your heart.

Readers Write:

"You hit a home run with your article on, Big Questions in Nature. It should be required reading for everyone who has lost touch with nature...great job!" Joe Chapman

"We enjoyed your column, Bloom Where Planted. Some of the best writing yet. The Post Register is fortunate to have your weekly columns." Lou Griffin.

To read more and to order a copy, click here or get the Kindle version here

Copies are also available at:

Post Register

Barnes and Noble in Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (425 Capital)

Perfect Light Photo Supply

Work Wearhouse

Museum of Idaho

Valley Books, Jackson Wyoming

Avocet Corner Bookstore, Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, Brigham City, Utah

Craters of the Moon National Monument Bookstore, Arco, Idaho