Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Skywatch Friday - Arizona Sands Through the Hourglass

The Whetstone Mountains near Sierra Vista

Where has the time gone? The summer is slipping by so quickly. A week from tomorrow, I'm flying out to Tucson for the annual Invertebrates in Captivity (AKA Bugs in Bondage) Conference. It's one of my favorite events of the year. I'll get out and do a bunch of collectin. We are already putting together a shopping list of critters that we need for the Museum. I hope to do a lot more bug photography. There are numerous species of tiger beetles that I see regularly, but that don't yet appear (at least as live specimens) on BugGuide.Net. I want to hike in Madera Canyon. I have plans to meet blogger Kathie of Sycamore Canyon. I know several other bloggers down that way, perhaps some of us will get to meet up as well.

This year's conference really causes me to reflect on the passage of time. This is the tenth anniversary of my first conference. I remember being immediately welcomed into that community even though I didn't know very much beyond butterflies at that time. People have been so generous with their knowledge. I still sometimes think of my work at the Museum as my"new" job, even though my eleventh anniversary of employment was this past Sunday. The conference involves beautiful surroundings, good people, and great intellectual stimulation. Oh yeah, it also involves lots of great bugs. It's a time where I feel aware of the richness of life, and for that I am always grateful.

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At 05:39, Blogger cedrorum said...

Congratulations on still loving your job after 11 years. You're right, time does fly. It seems as though it was only a couple of months ago that you were posting on last years gathering in Tuscon. I'm looking forward to the great posts coming from this.

At 06:39, Blogger SandyCarlson said...

Those colors are just lovely. What a view.

At 08:49, Blogger imac said...

Grand view you have there,

The Team thanks you for posting your sky and helping to make this new venture a success

At 12:10, Anonymous Mark H said...

Well maybe I TOO would be liking this convention....Bugs in Bondage, eh? No whips involved I hope! It is really fantastic that in your 11th career year you still have that new optimism about what you do. It clearly shows you're doing exactly what you LOVE.
I'm looking forward to new bug photos.

At 17:22, Blogger Louise said...

Nice sky.

At 17:55, Anonymous Tommy V said...

nice swf. looks like the rain is coming

At 13:16, Blogger Gallicissa said...

It should rain soon!

Bugs in Bondage sounds an interesting event. Look forward to seeing pictures from it.

At 17:32, Blogger T.R. said...

Madera Canyon! You get to go all the good places!!!! That's number 1 on my list of places to travel. And Kathy from Sycamore Canyon -- one of my favorite bloggers. You certainly know how to make a guy sucking fumes in Beijing very jealous. You really do enjoy a rich life. And your love for entomology and the exploration of the natural world is infectious and inspiring. Who else could make a book on tiger beetles seem like a must read for the summer? Congratulations on eleven years; but most of all thank you for sharing all that joy right here for your admiring readers. Looking forward to eleven more.

At 20:24, Blogger Doug Taron said...

cedrorum- I'm looking foreard to this year in part because I'm hoping to do a bit nore intensive insect photography than on previous trips.

Sandy - Thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing that view again in less than a week.

imac- Well, thank YOU for peaing part of the hosting team for Skywatch. It's been a lot of fun to participate.

Mrk- I think that you and Rodger would get a kick out of the conference.

Louise - Thanks

Tommy V- The threatening sky caused us to pick up and move elsewhere, where we had much success. Arizona during the monsoon is like that- the bad weather is very localized.

Gallicissa - I think it did rain soon. I hope to have many pics form the conference.

t.r.- Southeast Arizona is one of my favorite places anywhere. Madera Canyon is very nice, but you should really see Sycamore Canyon (NOT the one Kathie lives in, but a different one right on the border with Mexico). I've seen elegant trogon there more than once. I'm really looking foread to meeting Kathie. We'll probably talk about you;-)

Have fun in Beijing, travel safely, and thank you for the kind words.

At 16:34, Blogger Kathiesbirds said...

Doug, I'm home and anxious to meet you. I just met Beth of Beth's Stories while I was in Maine. We saw the most amazing beetle in a field where I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes and black flies. Oh well. I wasn't going to let the lack of bug spray keep me from enjoying a biridng outing with a blogging buddy but I paid for it in the end and thought of you and the chiggers!

At 00:42, Blogger Ur-spo said...

there has been a lot of rain here, so i suspect the bugs will be out.
you should find a lot.

At 15:41, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Kathie- I'm looking forward to meeting you, as well. Your trip sounds delightful, even with the bad mosquitoes and blackflies. Did you get a picture of the amazing beetle?

Spo- I hope so!

At 16:26, Blogger Pecos Blue said...

The conference sounds really neat. It is great to just be able to focus your time on such a passion.

At 09:37, Blogger Texas Travelers said...

Repeat what t.r. said.

We love Madera Canyon. Fantastic for birds and great for bugs too. And the scenery ain't half bad either. Tell Kathie I said hello. A favorite blog of mine.

Have a great time and share lots of photos (I am soooo jealous).



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