JIM'S LIFE

Jim's home in the forest, photo by Dr. Sigrid Liede of Bayreuth, GermanyFrom 1997 -- when I ended my career as a freelance writer/naturalist -- to the summer of 2003, I lived at a little camp in the woods of southwestern Mississippi. That's me preparing breakfast over my morning campfire, in my "outside kitchen." Most of my hundreds of Web pages and the first three years of my Naturalist Newsletters were produced inside the little trailer at the right in the photo.

In the summer of 2003, for a year I moved my trailer to another spot near Natchez, where I continued just as I had at my other camp. At this new location I focused more on permaculture. You may be interested in seeing the solar cooker some friends and I constructed and which I used -- when the sun was shining. The picture below shows me in October, 2003, standing among the goldenrods in the "Loblolly Field" near my trailer at this second location.

Jim standing among the goldenrods, image by Karen Wise of Kingston, Mississippi

Since late 2004 I have bounced around, collecting notes on the plants and animals of  California's Sierra Nevadas, central Kentucky, the central Mexican state of Querétaro, Mexico's southernmost state, up against Guatemala, Chiapas and then, for two and a half years, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where at Hacienda Chichen adjoining the ancient Maya ruin of Chichén Itzá I lived in the traditional Maya home shown below. Recently I spent a couple of years living in the Valley of the Dry Frio River in northern Uvalde County, southwestern Texas.

Jim Conrad at his hut in the Yucatan

However, then I returned to the Yucatan, spent about ten months in Río Lagartos on the northern coast, and awhile in the isolated Maya village of Yaxunah, and now I'm back at Hacienda Chichen adjacent to Chichén Itzá Ruins, living in the little Maya hut again. You can see what's going on with me there by checking out recent Newsletters.

At age 68, the idea is to remain alert and flexible. Beyond that, there's not much of a plan at all. If you have some ideas about where an old Naturalist might be of some use, drop me a line.