Navigating Nature Frames

April 14, 2018

A pied-billed grebe on the wetland at Shaw Nature Reserve.

Every year about this time I provide some tips for new users of Nature Frames. These suggestions also might benefit a few longtime users as well. Just the other day I was talking on the phone to a friend who had been reading the blog for years but had never placed his email in the box at the bottom so each new edition would come directly to his inbox. I try to keep the blog as user-friendly as possible for Missouri nature lovers of all ages. I’ve also taken a few extra steps to make your experience reading Nature Frames enjoyable. For example, I pay WordPress a fee each year to withhold ads from this blog. Nobody wants to look at images of beautiful critters while being interrupted by non-related, and often irritating advertisements. Following are a few simple tips to make your Nature Frames experience more enjoyable.

Receive Nature Frames by Email:  You can have Nature Frames sent directly to your email simply by typing your email address in the box at the bottom of any blog posting. You will be contacted for verification the first time, to ensure you are not something as nefarious as a bot, but after that it will be smooth sailing. Most people like to receive Nature Frames via email so they don’t miss out on a cool post such as the recent Snowy Owl stories. Once the latest edition of Nature Frames hits your email, you can either read it directly in your email or click on the title to read it in WordPress. I recommend clicking on the title link because you will get to experience my cool WordPress template (Duotone). Duotone changes the background of each post to match the colors of my images.

Search Box:  Wordpress provides a great search option. Any time you want to look up an old post in Nature Frames, the easiest way to get there is by using the “Search Box.” I use it all the time when somebody asks me about a certain critter or conservation area. I just type the name, e.g. Trumpeter Swan, in the search box and all of the postings about trumpeter swans pop up. I love the search option but I know that many are not aware of it. On my desktop computer, the Search Box is at the bottom of the page. On my iPhone it is at the top of the page. Give it a try.

Previous Posts:  I have posted almost 350 editions of Nature Frames over the years. Another way to find an old post is to go to the list of Previous Posts, select a category, e.g. Mammals, Waterfowl, Landscapes, etc., click on that category and view all of the posts I have made in that category. This system works well, but I prefer the Search Box option.

Comments:  I welcome your comments on WordPress. Keep in mind that I review each comment before it is posted. I rarely reject a comment unless it is obviously from a “bot” or it has unnecessary links to websites. By the way, I hardly withhold a comment because WordPress usually does it for me with the use of algorithms to watch for such shenanigans.

Clicking on Images:  Most of you know that you can click on an image to see it in its best and native resolution. Here is a tip when using the desktop:  After clicking on an image, the best way to go back to where you were is to click the “back arrow.” This will help you to avoid the frustration of losing the place where you stopped reading and clicked on the image.

Pixel Peeping:  When posting images in Nature Frames, I resize them to 840 pixels on the long side and then optimize them for electronic devices. Although the images are greatly reduced in size, often an order of magnitude, they are still razor sharp and stunning to look at unless you enlarge them on your computer or smart phone. In other words, images that have been resized for internet use are not designed for pixel peeping. The images are also very poor for printing or even screen savers since they have been so drastically downsized. The images I post here, and on Facebook, are only 500 kb in size, as compared to 200,000 kb in their original form. This saves a vast amount of computer space and prevents piracy of high-resolution images by internet outlaws.

I hope these suggestions make your Nature Frames experience even more enjoyable. Readership grows every year and I love to receive an email saying somebody new has just joined. Thank you for your support, as always, and try to get out and enjoy Missouri critters in real life, if and when you can. Otherwise, just cozy up to your computer or smart phone and enjoy them right here at Nature Frames.

Thanks for looking,


Email:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com


America is beautiful. I vote to keep it that way.




2 comments on “Navigating Nature Frames”

  1. Since you shared the pied-billed grebe photo for our nuts and bolts reminder, you may enjoy Jo Alwood’s little film on grebes. She’s a retired English teacher who produces three-minute nature films in north St. Louis. She’s a hoot. You’d really enjoy her and her husband Connie if you haven’t already met them.


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