1) I’ve become more interested in birding and general naturalist-ing as a way to reconnect with my youthful passion for biology; I’m currently a molecular biology PhD student, and working at a lab bench all day can make you forget what you got into all this for. I also have recurring bouts of interest in art, so this course seems like an obvious outlet for that.
2) I really appreciated D.J. McNeil’s approach. It was lacking in color, but he was very rich in his observations. I liked that he wouldn’t try to “finish” a sketch if the subject left. I want to follow that mindset of treating the journal more as an attempt to catalogue nature rather than as a first draft of a coffee table book.
3) I recently picked up a 10x hand lens, so I’m looking forward to using it as a way of getting more semi-microscopic detail in my journal.