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Welcome to Growing Wild, a blog dedicated to urban nature

Here you will find a collection of photos, essays, and interviews highlighting the San Francisco Bay Area's open spaces, the plants and wildlife that inhabit them, and stories about the people who make these spaces possible.

Update: starting in late 2017 you can expect to see posts from wild places extending beyond the Bay Area: look for posts from throughout the state of California and The West.

About the author

Stephanie Penn is a documentary photographer and freelance journalist based in the Bay Area. She studied Geology and Studio Art at Cornell College and loves combining her background in visual art and science to communicate stories about California’s nature, plants, and wildlife. She is currently studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on science and the environment.  

"In Wildness is the preservation of the world."
–Henry David Thoreau