May 2018 ttimes web magazine

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A Life Outside: Wayne Bell by Michael Valliant

Wayne Bell has observed the cosmos with Rachel Carson. When Bell was in junior high and high school, he lived two houses down from Carson, separated by an amateur astronomer who had built a telescope, and the three looked at the moon, Mars and the Milky Way. This was in Silver Spring, Maryland, before

the Capital Beltway was built, surrounded by woods with a stream, where Bell taught himself about nature. These touchstone experiences were the beginning of a career and life observing the natural world and playing outside. “When we grew up, there was no beltway, and, like many people my