In the beginning, I used pictures from the internet on my writes, but discovered that taking your own pictures were better and demonstrated what it was that I was talking about....plus I found that it also kept a visual record of the garden. The picture quality drove me nuts....scanning old pics and the use of older cameras was now out of the "picture". My mother always said that if you're going to do something; do it right. Around July of 2010, I got fed up with my terrible cameras while using my Mom's excellent camera on a trip home to Wisconsin. Once I arrived back in Arizona, I purchased a superior quality camera that I now use today for some great shots. Basic cameras are okay for some things but not for macro shots of leaves, insects or video recordings, lighting, etc. The camera was a MUST and I didn't regret the purchase at all.
I went undetected for quite awhile on the internet. I didn't know how to find fellow gardener's blogs or how they would find me. It was a difficult time because I needed to connect with the garden community. Many people enjoyed what I did outside my "normal" job but didn't care to talk about plants, which I understand, but like people who love football, it would be great to have a community to chat with about our gardens. Later in the year, I began going through a personal change in my life. I left my Special Needs job of 15 years and kept my 15 year Spanish teacher position. I signed up for Docent classes in August at the Tucson Botanical Gardens and reignited another kind of spark in my life....one of enjoyment. Every weekend I went to my Saturday morning classes and discovered that there were a lot of people who shared the same passion as I did. We spoke of plants and experiments in our own backyards and I discovered that I had a lot of experience to share with people. A confidence came to me during this training period and it taught me many things. This time I had a badge and certificate that said, "You can do this Chris." How many of us are trapped by life's decisions? How many of us would love to try something different? This blog opened a door for me and it continues to keep opening.....
|What will happen to the Reed Islands of Lake Titicaca and the Uros people?|
|Ugh...humidity and my family genes! I've heard Panama is worse.:( I couldn't deal with the sweat anymore in Nicaragua. After a bath in the river, I wrapped my head up for a moment and took it off before any of the locals saw me.|
|Taken in Italy after a beautiful trip with several friends here....and one of the few times, you'll ever see me wearing pink:)|