About the Author
Don Breneman works primarily in the areas of horticultural and nature photography. His images have appeared in books, magazines, exhibits, billboards, brochures, and websites. Don is the product manager and photographer for the University of Minnesota's MINNESOTA GARDENING CALENDAR. He is a graduate of Macalester College and holds a Master's Degree in photojournalism from the University of Minnesota. For thirty-two years he taught photography at the University of Minnesota.
Don's photos have won many awards, including ten gold awards from Agricultural Communicators in Education, and he has received the Award of Excellence in Visuals from that organization. One of his photographs has been accepted into the University of Minnesota's permanent art collection. He has conducted winter and wildflower photography workshops in Big Sky Montana, Voyageurs National Park, and on the north shore of Lake Superior, as well as workshops and classes in horticultural photography.
Dr. Mark Seeley joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in 1978. Since that time he has served as Extension Climatologist and Meteorologist, working closely with the National Weather Service, the Minnesota State Climatology Office, and various state agencies, as well as regional Extension Offices around the state. He has served as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's MORNING EDITION news program and written the weekly newsletter "Minnesota WeatherTalk" since 1992. He is also a frequent guest on Minnesota Public Television's "Almanac" program. Dr. Seeley has edited numerous childrens books on weather and climate, and he is the author of MINNESOTA WEATHER ALMANAC published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, which was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in 2006.
Dr. Seeley's great-great grandfather, Ira Seeley, founded the town of Mazeppa, Minnesota (Wabasha County), and was a member of the first Minnesota Territorial Legislature (1854-58) and State Legislature (1858-62). Dr. Seeley loves to share stories and lessons from Minnesota's weather history, and discuss the management and preservation of Minnesota's natural resources in the context of a changing climate.