Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bears, Rainbows, and other Natural Wonders by Paul Greci

Male Grizzly Bear. Photo by Paul Greci

I took a lot of photos in 2016. Below are a few from this past year. 

I use the natural world as an inspiration for my writing.

 You know the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

As a writer, I think that a picture can produce or inspire a thousand words.

Sometimes I keep a photo up on part of my desktop when I’m writing, or I’ll click back and forth between a photo and my manuscript. For my characters, sometimes I use photos to help me create moods, tap into emotions, and inspire actions.
Grizzly Sow and yearling. Photo by Paul Greci

Double Rainbow at the Alaska/Yukon Border. Photo by Paul Greci

Black Bear. Photo by Paul Greci

Moose cow and calf. Photo by Paul Greci

Southeast Alaska Coastline. Photo by Paul Greci

Porcupine. Photo by Paul Greci

This is the last Project Mayhem Post of the year. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

Paul Greci is the author of Surviving Bear Island, a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2016 Scholastic Reading Club Selection.


  1. You live in a beautiful part of the world, Paul. Thank you for sharing some of its wonders! Happy 2017 to you.

    1. Thanks, Michael. I hope you have a great holiday!!

  2. Paul, I always enjoy your beautiful and reflective photos of the Alaskan wild! And I can see in your writing how this is reflected. When writing setting, I often go to a place that reminds me of it (the woods, a lake, a mountain, etc) and walk and record (video and audio) what I see and feel all around me. It helps put me in the moment and that place I am writing about. Keep sharing yours!

    1. I do some video and audio recording as well. I hope 2017 is full of great recording moments for you. :-)

  3. This pictures are incredible! I'm hoping you took the bear shots with a looooong telephoto lens.

    1. Thanks, Caroline!!! Yes, I was a safe distance away from the bears!!

  4. Wow! Gorgeous photos!
    I've been part of a poetry Friday group for these last two years. Every Friday, the coordinator sends a word and an image prompt. Yes, sometimes an image/picture can inspire 1000 words and more.


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