Adventures in Baraminology

What is it like trying to find plant and animal species underwater, in a cave, or on a mountainside at night? These are the adventures encountered during the field study of created kinds that test some limits.

Kayaking for Dinoflagellates

Few of my adventures exploring Created Kinds have taken more planning than those trips after Bioluminescent ( glow-in-the-dark ) plants and animals. These trips have required unusual travel, strenuous activity, and – most notably – having to be done in the darkness of night.

Exploring Under the Sea

One place that continues to be a continual adventure for me is exploring under the oceans and water. It is such an unusual place (compared to land) that there is always a question of what is beyond the next horizon. It is full of new things to experience and observe.

Down the Mountain at Night

Some projects take more planning than others. One of the most demanding so far was a trip I made to look for bioluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) mushrooms. The object of my search are small mushrooms in the Genus of Mycena. Technically, they themselves do not glow, but instead it is the bacteria inside of them. I knew that they prefer wet conditions to grow and I was stay a couple hours away from a mountain that had a sub-tropical rainforest near the top. There was a possibility of finding them there.

Floating Down the River – Without a Boat

Not all baraminology research has to be formal study. Sometimes it means just getting out in creation and taking a relaxed look around … enjoying what is there to be experienced. One summer, during my university years, I decided to float down a river to experience what I thought would be some relaxing scenery. Many times I had sat quietly in the forest and interesting animals would pass by. In this case, I am the one floating by their territory or location.

The Bison Herd

Whether in the wilderness or in the National Park system, camping in open territories opens oneself up to encounters with wild animals. A few personal examples can be given using encounters with bison.

Last Updated: 06 / 2017
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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