Journal of a Baraminologist

This journal is a record of my personal experiences, thoughts, and lessons while on the search for created kinds and while exploring our physical world. These experiences are motivated by both the need for field research and my own desire to understand life.

Exploring the physical world has taken me many places ... like this waterfall during my university years.

Exploring the physical world has taken me many places … like this waterfall during my university years.

Camping Lifestyle

What is it like to go camping full time, struggle with the weather, and cook over an open fire? These are the experiences of everyday life and the behind-the-scenes living conditions experienced during field research.

Full Time Camping

I have always enjoyed the outdoors. That is a large part of why I have a Conservation Biology major. While growing up, I had expected to work in a State or National Park system or similar environment. Now that I am here, I em enjoying the outdoors by studying Creation Science with an emphasis on plant taxonomy while living in a Tent.

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.

Exploring Life

The study of Created Kinds is, for myself, largely a way to study life. Life is precious and it is amazing to see the variety that can be found in different places – day or night, forest or desert, and mountain or valley.

The focus of these journal entries is … LIFE. The study of Created Kinds is, for myself, largely a way to study life. Life is precious and it is amazing to see the variety that can be found in different places – day or night, forest or desert, and mountain or valley.

Exploring Our World

There is no better way to learn about an environment than by spending time within it and directly experiencing the heat/cold, dry/wet, forested/desert/grassland, and high/low altitude differences. It becomes easier to understand why the plants and animals have acclimated to each environment as they have.

The Journey to Explore Life

I do not go to Native American Indians for advice because of obvious differences in religious beliefs. However, discussions and conversations tend to occur wherever I travel. I stayed in a campground which was owned and operated by a Native American remnant band. In this instance, the campground host was somewhat interested in my work and caught on to something basic I was not seeing myself.

The Hidden Variety of Life

One of the first lessons I learned when I started traveling to research Created Kinds was the incredible amount of variety that can be seen in plants and animals … if one takes the time to look. Much of it is physically hidden from view and much of it is hidden from common knowledge because of generalizations about both the environment and the organisms themselves.

Birds in the Morning!

Sometimes I work late enough that I get to witness the dawning and the sunrise. The light is beautiful … often better than the sunsets. Suddenly, the animals are all active – insects, cats, dogs, bees, cattle, herds … whatever is around wakes up and welcomes the day by starting their routine.

Chlorophyll Green Supports Life

One of the things I have learned to appreciate is the color of chlorophyll green in the environment around myself. When the Creator made the plants, he designed them to do something very little else on Earth can do … take sunlight and turn it into stored energy in a usable form like sugar and starch. This is one of the incredible achievements of the chlorophyll molecule. This storage is the basis of food for animals and man.

Photography: Days of Creation

Creation Day 1: Light

Photography of different sources of light.

Creation Day 2: Expanse

Exploring the Atmosphere in photography.

Creation Day 3: Water

Photography of water in various forms.

Creation Day 3: Land

Photography of Land inlcuding shorelines, mountains, caves, canyons, plains, volcanoes, and deserts.

Creation Day 3: Plants

Photography of different types of plants.

Creation Day 4: Stars

Exploring the sun, moon, stars, and planets in photography.

Creation Day 5: Flying Animals

Photography of birds, insects, and mammal.

Creation Day 6: Land Animals

Photography of mammals, reptiles, and insects.

Photography: National Parks

Death Valley NP

Theodore Roosevelt NP

State, County, and City Parks

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Photography: Other Points of Interest

The Camping Lifestyle

Images of campgrounds and equipment through the years.

The Ingall’s Homestead

Ocean and Sea

A set of images taken in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Tide Pools and Shorelines

Scenics, plants, and animals of the shorelines and tide pools.

Last Updated: 2018-07-13
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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