Quietsolopursuits and Me

Quietsolopursuits is one of my favorite blogs.  Jerry is a superb photographer, and his blog reflects his love of nature, specifically birding, but all things outdoors. 20140713_130721 His Photo Life List is to document all of the bird species found regularly in Michigan, and he’s about halfway through that project.  Every day, he goes walking with some of his amazing camera gear and documents what he sees, narrating animal behavior in an always-entertaining style.  It’s a great blog.

After following the blog for a while, it was obvious that Quietsolopursuits actually lives somewhere in the Grand Rapids area.  Eventually we struck up a conversation of sorts, and I asked him if he would mind if I tagged along on one of his walks – volunteering to carry The Beast, as he calls his 4-pound Sigma lens, or any of his other gear.  We finally got together for a stroll at Pickerel Lake Nature Preserve last Sunday.  What a treat.20140713_11374720140713_12053120140713_12304720140713_115224

Jerry has a keen eye for movement, and was snapping away at birds I couldn’t see.  Little bits of wildflowers, flying insects, birds…..everything catches his eye.  We walked mostly in silence, me trying to stay out of the way, and not be too annoying with inane chatter.  I did carry the tripod, which went unusued, except as a backdrop for a few photos.  It was interesting to stroll in this manner – slowly, searching the ground and skies, looking for something to photograph.  Birds are out of the question for my cellphone camera and slow reflexes.  I spent most of my time watching Jerry, and looking for interesting fungi.  So, here’s a collection of my shots for the day.

Thanks for letting me tag along, Jerry.  Hope we can do Quietduopursuits again sometime.

These tiny fungi (all together) were no larger than my pinky fingernail.

These tiny fungi (all together) were no larger than my pinky fingernail.

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe

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19 thoughts on “Quietsolopursuits and Me

  1. Thanks for sharing your tag-along with all of us! I especially was glad to see the photo of him photographing the little red mushrooms, that one really gives a great idea of the small size of those things. I also agree with Gunta, that it’s nice to get an overall perspective of where Jerry hikes.

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  3. I have to say that it’s rather interesting to see myself in “action”. I didn’t think that you had enjoyed the walk very much, because I didn’t spend much time chasing birds. The next time, I will be eyeballing the birds better, as some are just beginning to migrate.

    I had a very good time, I had forgotten that it can be nice to have some one to talk to while walking in nature. Any time you want to come along, just let me know.

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    • I was quite worried about getting in the way (at first, anyway). Wish we would have seen more birds, but at the way it seemed to be going, you would have been snapping away, and I would still have been trying to even get a glimpse of the bird. I really enjoyed the nature lessons, and will be in touch about going out again. In the meantime, I’ll be slowly walking around with my cell phone camera in Ludington, looking for something photoworthy. Thanks again, Jerry.

      On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:32 AM, campshaws wrote:

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      • I felt bad because you weren’t able to see the birds that I was seeing! You’ll have to forgive me for if I didn’t seem very friendly, it’s been a long time since I’ve allowed any one to tag along, and I’m not used to it.

        I thoroughly enjoyed your company, it’s making me rethink the way that I have shut people out of my life when I spend time in nature. I knew that there had to be a few other true nature lovers out there, thank you for proving that to me! So, anytime you’d like to join me again, just let me know.

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  4. Thanks for sharing photos of Jerry in his element. It’s always fun to connect with fellow bloggers. I was able to tag along with an architectural photographer (we met through blogging) last winter and I was amazed and intrigued with his vision. I knew he was extremely talented and thus it was a joy watching him.

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    • Agree with you that it’s amazing to see someone perform in their element. Jerry was so gracious to allow me to tag along – I was pretty nervous for the first hour or two. His blog is spectacular, isn’t it?

      On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM, campshaws wrote:

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  5. So cool to have the eyes to really see. Have your seen the book by Thoreau that documented all the flora and fauna of the area around Walden. He knew the patterns of all of the native habitat and creatures in it. He walked for miles and journaled all he saw. Amazingly like what Jerry is doing but without the benefit of a camera.

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    • I guess those with a true appreciation for their surroundings will always find a way to communicate it. It’s interesting to meet such folks and see them in their element.

      On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM, campshaws wrote:

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  6. What a treat to get to tag along with Jerry. I look forward to checking out his blog.

    You got some lovely photos, too. I especially liked the Indian pipe.

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    • Of anyone I “know”, you will surely appreciate his blog. With your knowledge of mushrooms and wild edibles, it would be interesting to see the two of you on a stroll, together.

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