Some field photos, or, this seems familiar

This is my third field season. For all that I’ve been tweaking my techniques every year, it’s all starting to seem… familiar.

There's that crazy tree again.

There’s that crazy tree… again.

The juncos don’t seem to be used to it yet, though.

ES-A does not find this at all familiar.

ES-A does not find this at all familiar.

It’s all new to my new field assistants, too, not to mention all the new young lives starting at our field sites.

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Come on, government, you can do it…

The butterfly was a California Sister. Photo by M. LaBarbera

A California Sister butterfly on my hand. Photo by M. LaBarbera

This summer in the field, once, a butterfly landed on my hand. I am reminded of it now that the government is maybe going to think about reopening and not plunging the world into economic crisis. Except that the butterfly was a delicate and beautiful creature that I felt might startle at any moment, while the government is… well, it might startle at any moment, but the other adjectives do not apply.

Come one, government! Do it for this crazy reverse-colored ladybug! And also, you know, for people.

A Rathvon's lady beetle from my study area. Photo by M. LaBarbera.

A Rathvon’s lady beetle from my study area. Photo by M. LaBarbera.

UPDATE: Huzzah.