Sunday, October 17, 2010

Field Work

Ever since I was a kid I have always wanted to do Field Work, go out into Nature to learn and observe how it all works.  From the Lichen, Rocks and Insects to the Snakes, Birds and Mammals, I love it all.  It has always been a comforting thought that at all times the Natural World is stirring about, doing its thing.  Animals are all over, everywhere, all of the time.  The Wild is always The Wild whether you are currently observing it or not, it is always accessible.  Isn't that awesome?  I sure think so.  

So I have decided that it seems like a good time to start to live my passions. I am now going to be conducting my own Field Work studies.  To begin I am going to keep it basic, just some surveying, aka. looking for stuff.  I am going to get a real feel for the Desert, record and identify as much flora and fauna as I can.  I want to begin to catch some of the smaller animals like lizards just to take pictures, I feel as if it will be a fun exercise for all parties involved, The Lizards can test out their reflexes and so can I.  I let them go, me having awesome shots and them having to think up a new game plan to evade predators.  Plus with their Two Minute Memories I think they will be just fine.

Along with taking a survey of species I find along the way ( I rather like experiencing it rather than studying from a book) I am going to be looking for Rattle Snakes.  I have been in Arizona since February and many times throughout my life before that, hiked miles of trail and I have never seen one from these guys other than behind some smudged zoo glass.  The respect and fascination that I hold for these animals is immense and I am no fool so I will not be trying to handle one of these guys.  For your comfort as well as mine I will be carrying Chinese Herbs specifically for Rattler bites.  I have seen this stuff work miracles, no antivenin, no cutting and sucking the venom out, this formula will do the trick and save me the Hospital visit and alot of agony God forbid I get bit.

I feel as if it is extremely important for people to follow their dreams.  Our society places so many restrictions on who can do what not to mention how many distractions there are out there.   It is never too late to start living.  This is all going to be a journey of many different levels for me, especially to break past the limitations I have set over the years within my mind on what I can and cannot do.  I am working on my determination and discipline and am going to take this all to a brand new level :) .

I am new to Blogging World and I am planning to really get into this.  I want you to be as interested as I am with all of this so Please, I am open to suggestions as how to present and put together all of this information.  Plus, if there is a specific topic or species or anything that you would like to know more about I am totally up for your ideas.  I will run with them, I love teaching and I can't wait to share my passions!

Keep On,
--Follow Your Map


  1. Glad you're back! Stay safe with those rattlesnakes, please!

    If you want to get a feel about presenting different species (genus names, etc.) you might want to check out Katie at NatureID ( She's good about putting in official names, traits, etc. as well as providing lots of links in her posts if you desire more info. Sometimes a little more technical than I want, but better to have more available than not enough!

    Good luck in your adventures!

  2. Thank You! I am glad to be back too! Thank you for the input and support! It is appreciated. I am excited for this whole experience and the ever evolving nature of it. I am going out later today to search for some Rattlers! Woo-Hoo!!!

  3. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)