My first blog post

I never thought I would have a blog. But, I also never thought that my rekindled love of birding and photography would become such a driving force in my life. During my doctoral course work and as I approached the dissertation process, I made a deal with myself that I would give up a year of my life to dedicated virtually 100% of my non-working time to my dissertation. When I was done, I promised myself that I would renew my childhood passion of birding but much more seriously than ever before. What I did not know at the time was how integral my other lost childhood passion of photography was going to be with birding.

Over the last year-and-a-half, since I graduated in May of 2014, I have dedicated a lot time (and money!) to the pursuit of birding and photography. I have gone from 138 North American species seen to 362 in that time span  and have loved every second of it! I feel that I have reconnected with my childhood, found what truly centers me,and have discovered and explored beautiful natural places in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Florida that I never would have know about if not for my passion for birding and photography. At this time I have trips to the Lower Rio Grande, Southeast Arizona, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica planned over the span of the next year or so.

As I have bought a Nikon camera (D7100) and lens (AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR), taken thousands of pictures and then upgraded to the Nikon D4s and the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport lens and taken hundreds more, I have decided I need to do more with my pictures than just store them on a hard drive. Not to mention chronicling my excursions and trips.

So, welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy some of my pictures and the narratives of some of my birding adventures!

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