Journal archives for July 2021

July 20, 2021

Pretention ahead! Ahoy! There is no objective world that we view from an abstract, unbiased position of observer!

This is a post about a philosophical position I have, that might put me at variance with various other people in the naturalist communities.

I don't like editing my photos. For one thing, I am lazy, and editing photos takes a lot of time and clutter.

But I also have a philosophical reason for that. Sometimes I post pictures that are off-center, badly focused, in bad lights and angles...and I do all of that because I am recording not just an organism floating in an abstract space, I am recording my own experiences. My own interaction with the world is part of the story. For example, in this observation of an osprey, it was gliding overhead while I was walking and I barely got my camera out and zoomed. For some animals, I think this is especially important. My photos of Swallows often have them flitting around in a blurry mess near the edge of the picture, and that is a pretty good picture of how we encounter swallows.

Which I know for someone who is just encountering the picture out of context, it might not be clear why I post some pictures. Sometimes I've seen an animal a dozen times, but couldn't get a picture, so I take a picture, any blurry picture, to remind myself I did see it, and that it was difficult to catch it. Out of context, sometimes this looks like a blurry, irrelevant mess, but for me, each picture is part of a story.

To me, observing is a process, a record of my own interest, knowledge, technology, endurance...everything, a much as it is a record of "the world".

Posted on July 20, 2021 08:34 by mnharris mnharris | 1 observation | 1 comment | Leave a comment

July 23, 2021

Just linking this for reference

I think there are probably like three people who will stumble across this journal, at some point, but if anyone is interested, I have a YouTube playlist showing the different places I have gone in the area.

This puts some context into when and where I took many of my observations.

Posted on July 23, 2021 21:55 by mnharris mnharris | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 27, 2021

A kind of boring July.

...I thought I submitted this, I might have lost it?

Anyway, July has been a pretty boring month, observation wise. Not a lot of trips very far, at least not ones with a lot of observing. It has been really hot, and it has sapped my energy.

I am hoping to get more interesting things done in August.

Its also ironic that all through the dreary long Decembers here, I was waiting for these long hours of daylight. But now that they are here...well, I am too tired to do anything.

But even though most of my observing has been in a neighborhood park, I still feel I am learning a thing or two. Mostly about bees.

Posted on July 27, 2021 08:18 by mnharris mnharris | 2 comments | Leave a comment