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About the Pages At This Site

At the present time the UTAH NATURE STUDY SOCIETY pages are posted on the personal web site of Sandra Bray, who is responsible for their upkeep and accuracy. The selected articles appearing here were previously published in NATURE NEWS NOTES, the official publication of UTAH NATURE STUDY SOCIETY (UNSS), a non-profit organization.
Many of the sketches appearing in these pages were drawn by Dorothy K. Platt, but several other artists also contributed their work (too many to mention -- some unknown to me). These illustrations were also originally published in NATURE NEWS NOTES, in handouts prepared for workshops which were sponsored by the organization, or in calendars prepared over the years to schedule our activities.
    As you browse around in these pages, you will notice that they have a very plain and simple appearance compared to many other web pages that you may have seen. There are several reasons for this:
  • Tradition: I have attempted to preserve the original "flavor" and appearance of the NATURE NEWS NOTES by keeping the web pages simple, and by using mostly black and white sketches, as were used in the original newsletters.
  • Time: A plain and simple page will load much faster onto your computer than will a page with colored graphics and other high-tech features. Plain text would be the fastest, but a few line drawings will not slow things down too much. On the other hand, colored photographs load very slowly on some computers, so I will probably avoid them on these pages.
  • Space: The web site can contain many more pages if those pages consist only of text and simple line drawings. Colored photographs are beautiful, but they take up thousands of bytes of space. On the type of web site we are using, we don't have that much space available.
  • Availability: People who have computers with older hardware or software may not be able to access the most up-to-date features of web page design. The more simple the design, the more available the information will be to the greatest number of people.
  • Personal Preference: The person preparing web pages has control over their appearance, and right now most of the pages look about how I want them to -- like they belong to the UTAH NATURE STUDY SOCIETY. In the future I will probably decide to try a few different things, and see how they work out. I have already tried putting a little color on some of the wildflower sketches. To me, this seems to add to the visual interest of the page, although it may not be artistically accurate.
    Also, on pages which are entirely my own (and which were never previously published in the NATURE NEWS NOTES) I have begun to include colored photographs which I have taken on recent outings with the group. As mentioned above, doing this does have a cost -- these pages take longer to load, the photos take up lots of space on the website, and some of the older browsers may not be able to display them correctly. But I am having fun -- I hope I will be forgiven for experimenting!
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