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John Atkinson


Biosphere 2: Into the Big Terrarium

Situated in the heart of Arizona, Biosphere 2 serves as a groundbreaking ecological research facility, meticulously designed to replicate Earth’s various ecosystems. This monumental glass structure encapsulates an array of biomes, ranging from lush rainforests to expansive oceans, facilitating unparalleled research on ecological interactions and sustainability. Scientists at Biosphere 2 undertake critical studies, examining the intricate web of life and its resilience against environmental challenges, thus offering invaluable insights into our planet’s future.

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Acadia on my mind white charcoal on a 4 size black paper by John Atkinson

Acadia On My Mind

I’m out here in the desert so naturally all of my thoughts and imaginations that go on to black paper and white charcoal, at least as far as Landscapes go are centered on themes of forest trees and bodies of water be they lakes or oceans. When I’m there I’ll probably draw desert stuff.

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Herdscape - White Charcoal on Black Paper

Lost / Herdscape

Sometimes art doesn’t come visually alone. It comes with stuff. In this case a poem. My poetry can be kind of dark. I see a different world than a lot of people see and sometimes this is how it comes out.

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Saguaros in the Sun -Saguaro National Park

The last time I saw a Saguaro, I was 12, about to be 13. We did this trip from Texas, where we lived , to California. Why? no idea. Ben and Sonya weren’t the sharing type in those days. On that Trip (and it was). We passed through Arizona stopping at Meteor Crater, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. Surprising. Daddy wasn’t so much the “stop and look” type of guy in my experience. I saw saguaros for the first time as we rolled along. They waved. I waved back…

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B29 Superfortress

New England Air Museum

At the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, you’ll visit an impressive museum housing an extraordinary collection of over 100 aircraft and thousands of artifacts, spanning from early aviation experimental contraptions to modern marvels of aerospace technology. Highlights include meticulously restored warplanes, commercial aircraft, helicopters, and rare experimental models. I have been to a number of Air Museums, this tops them all so far.

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Granite Shoals Texas Quarry Park Trail

Granite Shoals Texas is a small community that boasts a bigger and nicer city hall than Hartford CT, with a hiking/running trail in an old granite quarry. Not bad for a town that is little more than a collection of houses by a lake and a strip of businesses along State Highway 1431.

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Hiking to Fort Bowie through Apache Pass

Fort Bowie was established as a post following the battle of Apache pass in 1862. The Battle of Apache Pass took place over two days, from July 15 to 16, 1862, during the American Civil War. It was the largest conflict between the United States and the Apache Indians.

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Narrow Leaf Blue-Eyed Grass

INFP Enneagram 9 – It’s Hard To Be Me

INFP Enneagram Type 9 Personality – Okay that’s a mouthful, I still look at Meyers-Briggs, and other personality-type indicator tests as witchcraft masquerading about in a lab coat, but I can’t deny the accuracy of the results. INFJ is what I tested as seven years ago. Did anything change? What? Or was the first test off?

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Healthy Eats
Blueberry Superfood Glue
Blueberry Glue is a great quick power breakfast that is nutritionally balanced with 22 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber from yogurt, blueberries and superfood goodness.
Hiking Trails
Upper Hop River Trail
Which doesn't go by the Hop River. That's on the other side. Heavily Trafficked rail trail running from Manchester to Willimantic.
Valley Falls Town Park
Valley Falls Vernon CT
Valley Falls is a municipal park in Vernon Connecticut with great hiking trails along both sides of a river.
Wildflowers of Buckingham Reservoir
Buckingham Reservoir
This hike was an exploration of wildflowers at Buckingham Reservoir in South Glastonbury Connecticut in June of 2017. Numerous species of flowers could be seen.
John Atkinson
John Atkinson