Shut your mouth and open your eyes and ears.
Camping
Shut your mouth and open your eyes and ears.

What I Learned From My Mom's Nerdy Hobby

My mom is a birdwatcher. She grew up in Louisiana and raised me and my sister here as well. We went hiking and camping a lot, and sometimes she'd coerce us into bird-watching.
Of course when we were little, we were all like 'this is boring, mom'. It wasn't until I was older that I learned to listen. I learned to be still. To exist in the moment. To be silent and alert, so you start to notice things - rare things - that you never ever see at first glance. You have to be quiet enough to let wildlife be comfortable around you.
It's fun to see a bird and then find it in a guide
It's fun to see a bird and then find it in a guide
I came to love this book
I came to love this book
“I learned to be still and see things you can't see at first.”
A green heron, which I've never seen in person
A green heron, which I've never seen in person
The rare indigo bunting
The rare indigo bunting
A LA priority bird: Ruddy Turnstone
A LA priority bird: Ruddy Turnstone
Redwing blackbird - not so rare
Redwing blackbird - not so rare

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