Hi all! Did you have a good day today? If the weather where you live was as beautiful as it was in Southern New England today, I hope you got outside to enjoy it. I spent most of my day flagging wetlands near Borderland State Park.
I've found that, though I keep my "day job" in order to help pay the bills, it also provides me with balance. As a wetland biologist, I go to an office (granted, an office with stacks of maps and plant specimens and the occasional pet turtle) or out in the field with a specific task, and I work with people. As a photographer, I've got a lot more freedom in what I choose to do and where I choose to go, and I often am alone. The balance between structured and "unstructured" and between social and solitary are good for me, I think.
Through my day job I also get to see some pretty cool places that most people don't get a chance too - perhaps they're on private property, or maybe folks just don't think of crashing through tick-ridden brush and thorny bull brier to reach the edge of a particularly dramatic marsh. Getting to see this hidden natural world is really inspiring. Both wetland science and photography hone the eye and teach me to notice things I may have otherwise passed by. I hope my concentration and observation come across in my photography, they sure are useful when marking the edge of a wetland!
To learn more about wetlands in Massachusetts, visit the Department of Environmental Protection's website, here.