When people ask how I became interested in insects or other animals, my answer is simple. Being outdoors and learning about wildlife has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. With help and encouragement from my dad, it became natural to explore and question everything I saw around me.
And, of course, it's just so fun to catch things!
Looking through photo albums at home, it's easy to see the pattern. On vacation? Catching lizards. In the backyard or visiting relatives? Butterfly net.
Read on for more pics...
I still use this container, with the blue lid. I remember that day, I was so proud of catching that skink! I was *not* pleased to be wearing the skirt, but I didn't let it stop me from going after lizards.
Ahhh, my butterfly net. My grandfather made it for me, and it was my trusted companion for many years. It was kept outside right next to the door, and I rarely left the house without taking it with me.
It was used for all activities - aerial insect collection, sweeping, and dredging the pond. After a few netting replacements, it finally could not hold up any longer. Sadly, it had to be retired, replaced by three new nets from Bioquip.I've been doing a lot of reflecting on my life, and it's fun to look back and see how I started out. In some ways I haven't changed much at all - next post will be photos from my last trip to the Arboretum in Montreal.