To be with nature and to observe wildlife is the kind of peaceful indulgence of a private passion that defines who I am as a being. This blog is therefore dedicated to all the beings that allow me to record their lives through photography.
In two days, I will be on my way back to Ottawa once again. Overall, this has been a great field season and I am saddened to see it coming to an end. After returning from Grand Canyon, I have been working on my data analyses and other research-related things, but I still tried to do some outdoor activities and fieldwork just to keep my mind sharp.
July 21st - Rainbow
Saw a rainbow after poor weather prevented me from staying out and taking photos of hummingbirds visiting flowers.
This month I planned three road-trips measuring vegetative and reproductive traits of several Mertensia species in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. These road-trips brought me to many interesting places that I wouldn't otherwise have the chance to go to.
I saw quite a lot of invertebrates (butterflies, beetles, flies, bees, spiders, and one millipede) in June. Most are not yet properly identified. I will try to do so later in the field season. Until then, just enjoy the diversity of invertebrates seen here in Gunnison National Forest.
After all that snow and rain in May, June pretty much provided the best conditions one can ask for in terms of doing fieldwork - sunny, dry, and warm. I did fieldwork almost every single day in June, except for last Sunday and a couple of rainy days, which explains the lack of posts until now. Now that many of my plants are done flowering and starting to set seeds, I can slow down for a tiny bit. I have divided my all of my photos from June into six different topics. This one is just an assortment of different photos.
We are having several consecutive days of relatively nice weather throughout the day so I have been quite busy working (and taking photos) but not posting them. Here are a lot of photos from the last week of May.
Snow day (May 25th, 2015)
Before the weather got better, it got worse on the 25th when it snowed and we lost power overnight and in the morning after (so no heat and no internet). I couldn't do any work except walking around Gothic and taking pictures.
No, this is not another post about poor weather conditions forcing me to update my blog. In fact, the weather was so decent yesterday and most of today (until late afternoon) that many wildlife seemed to come out of their shelter and enjoy the good weather.
Yesterday, we went to Kebler Pass which was still under at least a couple feet of snow, so I helped out with the bee nest-box checking again. While walking to the site, I accidentally spooked a grouse and it flew high up onto a tree.