LightSinger .com
A biology and photography website 
by Alan M. Spevak, M.A., Ph.D.
Spring  A blue bird sitting on a branch.2017  ESU Schedule of Dr. Spevak(click on spring icon)

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

-from The New Collosus by Emma Lazarus 1883

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respected stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions;
 whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”
George Washington


The In -Between Time
by Michael Chanteur

There should be a special name given to this time
between the winter holidays and spring.
A time past the brief warmth of Valentine’s Day
yet before the longer warmth of the vernal sun

Someone should record this time of faint promise
too far away to really take seriously.
For the pious there is Lent, aptly scheduled for
when even the Earth seems penitent

In this in-between time, we see relics of the past,
some Christmas decorations still on houses,
whether out of procrastination or maybe
finding it hard to let go of a brighter time

It is a time when man has run out of ways
to brighten up the bleak, cold season,
long, long before nature begins her
riotous avalanche of buds and blossoms

For the young, whose clock runs slow,
this time must seem like an eternity.
A time when nothing much is happening
as light begins its slow rise to ascendancy

But for those who have seen a lot of winters,
there is that ever so slight hint of anticipation.
One day, the winter sun seems warmer,
another day a bud more swollen than before

It is a good time, this time, for reflection,
before the cacophony of spring.
A time when the Earth seems almost at a standstill
Even as reservoirs of sap surge silently upward.

                                                                                                                                                          Canada geese


                fox sparrow                                                                                                                                             snow geese                                                                                         :

revised 3/14/17 


 class photos Fall 2016                                                                                                


    Teaching Evaluations




           Salute to Rio Olympics                  Click on Christ the Redeemer statue over Rio                                    







Other websites by Alan M. Spevak: - main photography website -  photographs, poetry,etc.



















Under a Rock - below are some creatures I found on my property in central Pennsylvania lifting up rocks.

garter snake(Thamnophis  sirtalis )                                     ring-necked snake(Diadophis punctatus) small, but actually slightly venomous                 brown snake (Storeria dekayi)

wolf spider with egg case                                                                                                        ants with eggs

ants with cocoons                                                                                                                                                       queen ants( black with wings-compare to brown worker on left)







                           a feral kitten                                                                                                                                                                                                 a feral cat





Ecology Lab  Fall 2015  at Cranberry Bog    l-r: Danielle,Tequoiya,Chris,Stephanie,Clay,Jess,Jazmin,Tabby(2x),Taylor,Sarah,Claudia,Shakera,Taylor,Kristina,Tom,Susan,Jilean,Nikki

Slimy salamnder (really... Plethodon glutinosus)                                                 Redback salamander (Plethodon cinereus)                                     American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)                                   Wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)
(Special thanks to Dr. Thomas LaDuke for his help in amphibian identification.)

Ecology lab field trip 










   Ecology lab field trip to Cranberry Bog







East Stroudsburg University Page
A&P I Lab Fall 2013 Class Photos (click on link )                                                           



Mical reading sign to ecology class

 A&P II Lab Class Photos Spring 2014

 Teaching Evaluations

Photographs by Alan Spevak
Famous Photographers - featured great photographers, e.g.Ansel Adams)

This  website has some great wolf photos
plus much about Native American culture.


Video Clips

Worthy Causes -ways to help those in need world-wide


Other Websites by Alan Spevak: - fine art photography, nature poetry, etc. - more nature photographs,etc.

Links and Acknowledgements


Poems  by various poets


Contact Information - Please send questions or comments to




     fallen birch leaf  changing to fall colors                                                                                 mushrooms emerging