The Woodland Library Rose Garden

At lunchtime on Thursday, I took a short break during to walk around the rose garden at the Woodland Public Library across the street from the office.

I’m not a big fan of cultivated roses – (They’re all a bunch of GMO’s, basically, with their pollen-producing anthers and stamens genetically modified to become more petals instead, which means the roses get big and fat, but actually produce LESS pollen for the critters that need that as food source.) – but I have to admit that when so many of them are bunched together in a small space, they make a gorgeous display.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.