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.
I have not done a lot of wildlife-watching since I returned from Baltimore - mainly because I do not have a valid bus pass yet and I only try to go to places within walk- and bike-able distances. Besides where I live, the other places I go to for the past two weeks are: Sawmill Creek Wetland, the Arboretum, McCarthy Woods, and the university. Here are some interesting things that I photographed.
After returning back to Ottawa (from Colorado) on August 2nd, I spent most of my days preparing for my presentation at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) centennial meeting in Baltimore (August 9th to 14th). My labmates and I departed for Baltimore on the morning of the 9th, drove more than eight hours, and arrived at Baltimore just before midnight; and my presentation took place in the following afternoon.
With ESA being the largest ecological society in the world, there was an incredible number of ecologists present, as well as numerous sessions taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center. Overall, I thought my own presentation went well, and I enjoyed most of the presentations that I attended. Unfortunately, I was unable to tour Baltimore as much as I would have liked. Here are some of the photos I took when I was not busy inside the convention center speed-walking from one session to another.
The convention center lobby. This place is completely packed in the morning, during lunchtime, and at the end of the day. I snapped this photo when I took a break between sessions.
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.