Monday, March 29, 2010

Field Work, Finally


So, we're not headed to Mongolia this summer. This is a bummer and would have been a pretty awesome opportunity, but well, it didn't quite pan out. Long story but maybe we'll get the chance to go again at some point (ideally). Skywatch
So instead of Mongolia, we'll be spending the end of May, June, July and August in Truckee, CA in the Sierras. I worked there in 2007 and am pretty happy to be going back to the Willow Flycatchers. Lots of stuff to look forward to (like the field sites in the first two pictures, awesome sunrises, and baby WIFLS, below)
I haven't been in the field since July and have been craving field work for a while now, so I'm counting down the days until we head to the mountains. And Truckee is a pretty ideal spot fo spend the summer.
All these pictures are from 2007 with my point and shoot. The place is beautiful and there is excellent backpacking all over the place. This year we can bring our kayaks and paddle a bunch too, good stuff. And the work is pretty fun too :) So, that's the plan. (woohoo, a plan!). We'll know about if we're going to Mississippi in a couple weeks after Zac gets back from checking out the PhD gig and the area.
(set of many bear tracks)

41 comments:

Susan said...

Wow! What a great way to spend the summer!!As for those bear tracks, uh...don't forget your bear bells and bear spray!!( but you likely know all that stuff!)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Looks like fun work and many journey's ahead to look forward to. Nice series of images, love the baby birds~

Martha Z said...

Mongolia would be quite an adventure but you could do worse than to spend a summer in the Sierra.
I guess we won't see your wonderful posts very often. It doesn't look like that are has very good internet service. I don't have it at the cabin either but I have heard that they have wifi at the library in Bridgeport, CA. Maybe I'll try that.

Woody said...

I'm glad to hear you have cured your insanity! I've always lived by the motto "You never see a motorcycle parked outside a therapists office"!

Summer in the Sierra's sounds like mighty, mighty fine plan. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of your field work. If it's anything like today's post, it will be a blast!

Pam said...

Well at least you have field work and know where you are headed. Spending the summer in the Sierras sounds great to me.

Stephanie V said...

That sounds almost as good as Mongolia to me...maybe even as doable! Look forward to your amazing photos and posts.

Al said...

Terrific photos! That first photo is incredible, and the second is my favorite kind of terrain. I certainly wouldn't mind spending a summer there.

Dimple said...

Truckee is a cool place. I grew up in Modesto and spent time in the Sierras most every summer. Some of it around Truckee...
Sounds as though you'll enjoy your season!

Melanie said...

beautiful photo's!!! looks like a lovely place.

AVCr8teur said...

The sounds like fun. Haven't been to Truckee in ages. Nothing like photographing on-location.

Carolyn Ford said...

I have bear bells from our trip to Yoho National Park in Canada...I have been putting them on my Christmas tree (until I need them again). I should have had them in Yosemite, since there were warnings all over that the bears are VERY active now. Wow! Mongolia! That would be amazing. But, the Sierras...what a great alternative.
I just love those baby birds. How beautiful!

Clytie said...

Sounds (and looks!) like a bit of heaven to me.

James said...

I love the two top photos! I think you would take wonderful pictures where ever you go.

ewok1993 said...

I know it's not Mongolia, but Truckee and that part of the Sierra is also very pretty (if not exotic :D).

Would wait for your photos from Truckee.

xinex said...

Great pictures an what an adventure! Where in MS are you possibly go?....Christine

Christina said...

Wow.. amazing shots! Nice place!

Maria said...

wow, what adventures. Looks like you had a nice time:)

hobbyentusiast said...

beautiful Landscape photos.The mountains are increadible. And so cute birds, so small.... and the bear tracks...dont you get afraid?? I would, I think...Never seen a bear, never been to a place where there are bears, so it would been a big adventure to see one ;)

Ms. Bake-it said...

Fabulous pictures! I was wondering if you would be going to Mongolia and kept checking your posts. But hey, spending four months in the Sierras sounds pretty good to me. I look forward to seeing posts from your time there.

~ Tracy

gengen said...

Wow you have a beautiful view in there. Happy WW!

jason said...

Mongolia sounded nice, Jill, but this is looking like an acceptable replacement. Actually, like a pretty damn nice replacement.

Good for you on getting back out in the field. Sounds like the stir crazies were setting in--or would have been for me. I can't wait to see what gems you come across in the Sierras.

Kerry said...

Fabulous moody sky shot.

I love the rainbow one.

Scotty Graham said...

Nice shots, and I love Truckee!!

Sylvia K said...

Yes, Mongolia would be wonderful, but this sounds like a great opportunity, too! The Sierras are beautiful, too! Your photos are fantastic as always, Jill! Love the little birds and your first shot is gorgeous! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

Too bad you won't get to go to Mongolia this year...but I'm glad you can see a bright side and have a place you love to go to for the summer.

Kcalpesh said...

Hmm looks like a really wonderful day out! The first picture with the sunrays emerging from the clouds really look so stunning!

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Anne said...

Oh take me for a trip, please :-)

Happy easter and nice weekend.

Tammie Lee said...

sorry about Mongolia, but it sounds like you have grand alternative plans happening. Your photos are divine and bring back memories of once upon a time for me. Love seeing them there bear tracks.

uberrhund said...

Truckee is such a beautiful area, and a wonderful place to Summer .
Best of luck in in the field work!

syel said...

gorgeous set of photos. seems like you're going to have loads of fun and adventure for your summer :)

Samson said...

wonderful set of photo's Jill, first one is a stunner

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Laura Hegfield said...

that top shot is just breathtaking!

Manang Kim said...

Oh okey I thought it's somebody's footprints ^_^. Happy weekend!

SWF~Full Moon

LV said...

What a great place,Truckee, to spend the summer. I could not take the winter. Have a safe trip.

lina@women's perspectives said...

You've a great adventure....
Those are stunning pictures...especially the rainbow one...

Sistertex said...

all your photos were just wonderful! I particularly liked the first one...gorgeous. Sorry you aren't able to go to Mongolia, that would have been pretty exciting.

Karen said...

I think you'll love summer in the Sierras ... they are a favourite place of mine :-)

Wonderful shots, especially that first one. Glorious..

Eaglesbrother said...

Great series of photographs....in the first one I almost hear "TA-Da" as the Sun rises in the Eastern sky...anouncing the day.

Owlfarmer said...

Some of us would sell our souls to spend the summer in Truckee! Sorry about Mongolia, but the Sierras would always be my first choice anyway. I'm glad I found your blog through Skywatch Friday, and love the photos.

JM said...

Wonderful post! The sky looks absolutely gorgeous in the first pic. What a shot!

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