I can't believe it's been nearly a year since I my last entry! It's been a busy and most excellent year. This summer, I've had the pleasure of working with the US Forest Service, which has been exhausting and brilliant. I've been hiking all over the Pike National Forest getting attacked by goshawks, hooting to owls (a legit survey method!), tracking Abert's squirrels, hugging Ponderosa Pines (to putting flagging around them mostly, but I've been known to hug a tree just because), netting bats, watching the caterpillar of a threatened butterfly species hatch from its egg (which could be the first time anyone has ever observed this), and watching the budding, blooming, fruiting, and dying of the wildflowers. It's been truly amazing. I don't want to make my life seem like it's all sparkles and no grit, so I will add that the massive amount of hiking has made for severe chafing in embarrassing places, and that I am an absolute disaster at parking our gigantic boat of a work truck (seriously, I'm the only person in our office who has to have someone get out of the truck every single time and help direct me so I can back into a parking spot).
Summer field work is winding down again, but happily I have secured some work for the winter. I'm looking forward to autumn (PUMPKINS AND CIDER!!!) and to working on more art. I haven't posted much art lately because most of what I've been drawing is related to getting married. Did I mention, I'm engaged? I am, to my awesome glassblowing man-critter! So I've been drawing the invitations, save-the-dates, bookmark favors, and a new family crest, plus designing gowns and my man-critter's outfit. So, sadly, I don't really expect to make a whole bunch of scientific art in the next year (although, you can bet your ass that the wedding artwork is both nature-themed and scientifically accurate).
So that's my life right now. What's going on in yours?