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[May. 7th, 2013|06:11 am]
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I took yesterday off nearly completely. I'd not done my monthly report, so i whisked through it, posting it off to find Friday's meeting has been canceled. Still, that's OK.

I started reading email and read the Calflora digest -- and i just had to get outside with the camera. Christine was having yet another migraine, so i took off at about 8 am. I chatted with my parents until the cell signal was too flaky, and arrived at Russian Ridge at about 8:45.

I rambled for several hours under the grey overcast skies, taking photos of flowers with the x10 macro lens and the short lens. I had taken the long lens with me, but had little use for it.

I was home by lunchtime (calling my sister on the ride back, who was waiting to pick up her son), and found Christine just getting up.

For the next 6 hours i looked up flower identifications and edited photos. I'd take 2.75 GB of images and identified around thirty species -- almost getting started on sedges, but NO don't go there! by 7 pm. I'm not sure how many photos that was, but to keep numbers interesting i'll figure i purged about half down to 60 images. So, i suppose editing around 20 photos and identifying 5 plants an hour is reasonable through put.

Christine growled at me about my long postponement of having a photo review session with Joe Decker.

Christine hears me sigh and senses disquiet. I explain what i just wrote. After she defends herself -- she didn't growl! -- she says, "The next sentence would be, 'Why am i not doing this?'" And this is, indeed, on what i am reflecting.

I am too aware of the crowd sourced botanical images available, that more people have high quality photo equipment to use to capture what they see, and -- like my comments about writing -- who needs more photographers trying to make a living from photography? Joe Decker illustrates for me just what is needed to make a living from one's passion: teaching, writing, helping others to make great images for themselves. I think that is the "market," particularly with the advices out there (find research on "buying happiness" and see that spending discretionary income on experience rather than things tends to correlate with greater satisfaction) and trends.

_Sea of Cortez_ intrigues me.

Is there a profession for me that would use the photography and research skills and my passions?

Christine and i brainstormed a series of books about the botany of older cemeteries and genealogy about the families in them.

Work is skyping me. Off to get dressed for the office and the day.

Flower list and some walk notes at

Photos (not particularly curated and without metadata) http://www.flickr.com/photos/elainegreycats/tags/2013russianridge/


From: mopalia
2013-05-07 04:44 pm (UTC)
"Sedges have edges and reeds are round." Those with a sense of self preservation do not attempt to go further. Although I have to admit that Carex is a favorite genus of mine.

If you mean the book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, make sure to get the version with the preface - for some reason, they don't all have it, and it's wonderful reading. Ricketts's advice about household priorities has been posted on my refrigerator for decades.

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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-05-11 11:19 pm (UTC)
I actually got the whole book, with the 300 pages of notes on the species. Apparently, after Ricketts died, just the journal was republished with the section about Ricketts. I tracked down the philosophy:


Hmm, it my notes indicate i bought both books, so i must have the Ricketts piece somewhere in the house.

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From: mopalia
2013-05-12 02:36 am (UTC)
Yes, that's it. My son grew up with that household philosophy. Now he is a total slob and it's painful to visit him (and possibly not safe to use the toilet). Ah, well.
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