Pacific Sideband Snail, Monadenia Fidelis
A beautiful Pacific Sideband Snail that I found crossing the street in Califonia's Redwoods Forest. I didn't know the name when I found it, but I looked it up later.

Photo Safari

Our Backyard Adventures are fun and easy mini-expeditions that you can do — you guessed it! — right in your own backyard. These activities are designed to help students and parents explore the world with eyes of wonder. Along the way, you might discover new areas of interest, new dreams and potential new careers. Find more Backyard Adventures here.

First in our series of Backyard Adventures is the Photo Safari. “Safari” is one of my favorite words. It means “adventure” or “journey” in Swahili. And while I was riding my bicycle through East Africa, people would often wish me, “Habari Safari,” meaning, “Have a good adventure.”

ASSIGNMENT: Your adventure, should you choose to accept it, is to find something you’ve never seen before. You may need to think like you’ve never thought before. Search where you’ve never searched before. Take a photo of your unidentified object. But remember: you can’t leave your own yard. That’s what makes this fun because it will prove there is a whole world waiting for you not very far away. Extra challenge: Bring your photo to school and discuss what your class thinks it might be.

Example: What do you think is pictured above? I’ll give you a hint. While riding my bicycle down the Pacific Coast, I found it slithering across the road in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. Use the internet and type in some keywords and see if you can find a matching image and its name. I didn’t know what it was either, but I thought it was beautiful and wanted to discover more.


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Scott Stoll

Scott Stoll

My claim to fame is that I rode a bicycle around the world and wrote some books. More about me.