About 2017-05-24T00:03:00+00:00

About Randy Fry


I was put on this earth to be a naturalist, but I screwed it up and ended up programming computers.  The only reason I started writing natural history essays is that my wife and our running buddies started calling me Ranger Randy.  This was due to my incessant habit of coming up with natural history tidbits about things we saw during our runs.  I escalated to group emails jokingly titled, “Ranger Randy sez…”  and Susan finally convinced me to post them all here for the world to see.

I write these essays not because I’m an expert naturalist—I’m not—but because I believe in sharing joy.  Throughout my life the natural world has fascinated me, fulfilled me and saved my ass during my fair share of bad times.  It has meant everything to me, and it should mean everything to all of us—because it does mean everything to all of us.  But that said, don’t worry—I don’t advocate by preaching.  I advocate by sharing joy.  If I can fascinate you, make you laugh, get you to follow me down a tangential scientific rabbit hole, or inspire you to play hooky for a day and disappear into the woods, then this website has been a success.

I live in Mexico now, with my wonderful and adventurous wife Susan, but we spent the past twenty years of our lives on the Monterey Peninsula, which, just so you know, is the most beautiful place in the world.

Thanks for visiting.

Title image by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos, GFDL v1.2.