Alas, the time has come for Dust Tracks to take the long, quiet rest. The blog was born on 24 March 2011 — a few months shy of our move from Alaska back to the American southeast (notably covered in the AK-to-FL liveblog roadtrip). Since its launch, I’ve published 1,380 posts on Dust Tracks. We covered ground from Alaska southward through the Canadian Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia, through the deep wilds of southern Utah, into the deserts of Arizona, and across the prairies of Oklahoma, eventually settling in the humidity of south Georgia and the Floridian peninsula. In these past four years, we’ve covered hundreds of organisms native and introduced to the United States and Canada. Plants, fungi, arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and other various organisms all found representation here. If I could find it, learn about it, photograph it, and write about it, then it probably made its way onto Dust Tracks. Hell, we even covered the sum total of the American brand of the human experience. It has indeed been a busy four years.
But now? Now Dust Tracks is going down for a nice, long nap, and it’s a nap Dust Tracks may not awaken from. For now, the blog will remain online; I have no intention of deleting Dust Tracks at this time. It’s possible I may return to it in one form or another in the (distant) future. For now, however, all my attention will be focused on a new blog, phosTracks.
If you enjoy or have enjoyed Dust Tracks, I certainly invite you to come over and visit phosTracks. In many ways, phosTracks is a reboot of Dust Tracks, carrying forward from the present, as well as reflecting more on the past. The design is simpler and more intuitive. It’s also more photo-centric. phosTracks is designed to feature photography first and foremost, including more space on the screen for larger images. And as of this writing, phosTracks is already well underway!
So, if you stumbled onto this page via google while trying to look up some snake, anole, cicada, or katydid, I encourage you to take the leap over to phosTracks. There’s plenty more to see on the other side of the jump. And to those who’ve been reading Dust Tracks off and on these past four years, I certainly thank you for your time and consideration! It’s been a joy working on this blog — even though this past year was a difficult one on the home-health front. I’m certainly looking forward to what’s to come on phosTracks!