Sorry for being MIA the past few days…I was doing field work up in the Adirondacks without access to a computer (or mobile phone service, or internet). I truly love field work…but I cringe a little when folks say they are sooooo jealous. I’m not sure they would be if they understood everything it entails!
As I write this, I’m covered in dozens of mosquito and black fly bites (one or two swollen to the size of an egg), there is a poison ivy rash on the finger of one hand and the palm of the other (a necessary by product of having to collect poison ivy pollen samples), and a multitude of cuts, scrapes, gashes, and bruises. I’m sleep deprived, sun burned, sweaty, lumpy and itchy. And that’s the life of a field biologist. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
By all means, if standing (out in your field) knee deep in a swamp on a hot, muggy day while black flies idly chew on your ears sounds like heaven to you, there’s nothing preventing you from being a field biologist! Join us! The few, the proud, the lumpy.
Life is good. Photos to come soon.