Welcome to Floridensis, the photographic, ecological playground of Janson Jones. A native to Volusia county, Florida, I spend much of my free time studying and photographing the natural world around me — especially the tangled biodiversity of peninsular Florida. Floridensis is a photographic celebration of the natural world around us, most notably peninsular Florida.
I blogged fairly steadily from 1997 through 2016 or so, focusing mostly on wildlife/outdoor photography and issues of ecology/evolution. I “retired” somewhat for a year and a half or so to focus on other aspects in my life. In February of 2018, with life returning to a semblance of normalcy, I decided to begin anew with this new website.
Professionally, I teach composition, rhetoric, and humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. My teaching experience dates back to the golden age of graduate school at the University of Oklahoma in the Fall term of 2001. I also served as faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage for four years (2007-2011) and as the UCF coordinator for the DSC-UCF Writing Center in Daytona Beach. I’ve been an instructor at ERAU since 2014 and hope to serve the Riddle community the rest of my natural life. I adore ERAU.
I have to admit, designing courses and engaging students remains the highlight of my working life. I find the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University community particularly engaging because I have always lived at the crux between the humanities and the sciences, between the Dionysian and the Apollonian. I consider myself to be an imaginative naturalist with a deep respect and appreciation for scientific reasoning and rational discourse. In short, I don’t think we can have scientific innovation without creativity, and the humanities can help us to better understand (and perhaps appreciate) the natural world around us. Science and the Arts are not diametrically opposed to or even isolated from one another. As I see it, they are two sides of the same coin that is our shared human experience on this planet we call Earth.
And that’s the mindset behind this website, Floridensis — to share and celebrate the natural world around us, creatively and rationally. On the home page, you’ll find a formal list of species represented on this site — sorted by general taxonomic relationship. Further, you can browse more-general categories of biota by using the banner menu at the top of the page. I also tag each post by general location (by county). I refrain from providing more-specific locations, however, to protect the organisms I photograph and study.
As of this writing, the website’s barely getting started. I’m not sure I know exactly what it will become just yet, but I’m looking forward to discovering what lays ahead. If you like what you see (and read), please don’t hesitate to comment. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them to the best of my ability. Finally, I invite you to follow along and to join me on this little digital journey of re/discovery!
All images on this website were taken by me — unless specifically noted otherwise. If you’d like to use any of these images, please send me a request with details via the contact page.
All the best to you and yours,
This page was last updated on
Saturday 17 February 2018