I finally bought a pair of binoculars!
There are so many different types available and I didn't know enough about them to make a decision on which to purchase. Mom and Dad were bird watching on the Texas coast this May during migration time. A lady loaned her Nikon Ranger 8X32 Platinum binoculars to Mom. She was very impressed and recommended them to me. In the end, I went to a store with a good selection and tried out every pair they had. The most comfortable ones for me were the Bushnell Excursion 8x42 binoculars.
On Saturday, my husband and I walked a section of the river north of the city. Walking through the field, I heard a meadowlark, but could not see it. Using the binoculars, I saw two Eastern Meadowlarks well concealed in a shrub. I would have missed them completely due to distance, but I enjoyed a lovely clear view of them through my new lenses. I took this grainy picture afterwards.
One cannot read Winterwoman or Monarch's blogs without becoming a little interested in dragonflies. I have never looked at one closely and had no idea there were so many beautiful varieties.
This rather dopey dot-tailed whiteface dragonfly crawled onto my finger and let me carry it around for several minutes. I took it over to a group of small children to let them admire it. After I released it onto a twig, it flew off.
Well, that was fun!
But don't expect me to run around with a net just yet. I have more than enough field paraphernalia already.
Camera, binoculars, cell phone, Nalgene water bottle, guide book, insect repellent, nets...?
I prefer to travel light. How much gear do you take with you go out for a nature walk?