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Wednesday, December 12, 2018


I was a speaker at the STEM Savvy cafe about my polar experience and this Lego mini-fig was my honorarium. I love it.

This gift is timely because I recently made the decision to upgrade my camera to more than my phone. I have always maintained that you can be an explorer with the tools you have and for many if not most of us that includes a phone. You don't have to have the $3,000 camera with $2,000 lens. But I've come to the point in my journey as an everyday explorer and explorer educator where I want to do more exploring than my phone will allow. My phone doesn't take good pictures of birds for example and I'd like to add more bird photos to my iNaturalist account.

I anticipate that I will continue to use my phone for the every day exploration and the upgraded camera for the more intentional exploration. Knowing myself, and I don't think I'm alone here, I have to guard against new puppy syndrome where once the newness wears off I stop playing with it and ignore it. No! If I invest in this camera I need to set a goal of going out once a month with it to explore.

Maybe I will get great photos, maybe I won't. I hope I get more observations to add to iNaturalist that I would not have been able to get before the new camera. But what I will get for sure is 12 times this coming year where I set aside some time to go explore my world.