This May I have been taking two classes, a Botany class and an Entomology class, both of which require a lot of field work. I am often let go at noon with the requirement that, besides a lunch break, I need to spend the rest of the afternoon roaming the fields, woods, streams and bogs in search of specimens to bring back, preserve, and identify. Usually when I have gone out I've brought my camera with me since I never know what I might see... but so far haven't taken too many pictures. Today I figured I could do without its bulk and left it behind which turned out to be a mistake. I got within five feet of a baby woodchuck and even closer to a baby rabbit. I caught two snapping turtles one of which could have made the average dinner plate disappear underneath it and easily weighed 15 pounds. I also caught a snake and saw two really neat tree frogs.
Next time I think I'll bring the camera because I seemed to get more interesting insects when I had it (even if I didn't see as much other cool stuff - my grade doesn't depend on what pictures I take).
We were able to make the trip home in about a third of the time it took to get down to SAU... you can see in the picture below, which I took on our way back up, there were no traffic jams on the highway to slow us down.