10000 Birds – Participating in My First “Normal” Birdathon

A flash of orange streaked across my field of vision, landing at the top of a nearby tree. I whipped my binoculars out, then threw them down in favor of a camera with a long lens. Click click click. I snapped as many photos as I could before the bird disappeared into the canopy. Zooming in,…

10000 Birds – Birding Led Me to Wildflowers

In many ways, birding has led me straight to my new interest in wildflowers.  Looking for birds naturally makes you more aware of your surroundings, from an urban park, to a suburban greenway, to a rural wilderness. Though I’m not traveling as much these days, my flower pursuits have expanded this intense attention to empty…