|Botta's Pocket Gopher|
|Lesser Long-nosed Bat|
|a male Painted Bunting along the DeAnza Trail|
|a female Painted Bunting|
I cannot live my life waiting on tomorrow because I know that tomorrow may not happen. So living and enjoying life is more important than material wealth. I have found that if I deny my birding side, I get depressed. But if I deny everything else, it all feels empty. Life has to have meaning and purpose.
|A female Anna's Hummingbird feeding from a cloud of insects|
When this year began, I had lost my footing. While it was a financially tight year for me, I was still able to budget several birding treks with my friend Gordon to the Pacific Northwest and Costa Rica. I can now say that I've finally paid off some major debt known as the "STUDENT LOAN". As I get closer to the end of this year, I see a new chapter beginning in my life. It'll be one where I am with friends, both birding and non-birding alike, family and my other half as we globe trot into new places.