Those of us reading this who are biologists, ecologists, or conservationists may have had the chance to work with equipment that is expensive to purchase, difficult to operate, and not something you can afford to accidentally ruin while in the field.
Spending a summer at The Morton Arboretum was equally as good of an opportunity for photography as it was for research. Here I talk about my experience taking photos at The Morton Arboretum and how photography can enhance your (and others') appreciation of the natural world.
The Morton Family, as they’re called, has pass that title down to all people that The Morton Arboretum has the pleasure to have as part of it. This group of people has show me that the family doesn’t have to be blood related, because they will treat you as one of their own. You are not alone and can always count on them.
Many of the other students on this REU program go outside into the field to take measurements, however my work is all done in front of a screen. Now, I love the work I do. My computer enables me to draw complex conclusions from my data and visually represent it with maps, but it does mean I spend eight hours sitting in one place. Fortunately, we have had the opportunity to travel to other REU sites throughout Chicago with this program.