I’m an amateur entomologist , recording bees and wasps and looking out the species that are either rare or haven’t been recorded in my area before.
I cant believe what an obsession this has got but also what a learning curve with new insect names and while looking for bees I then saw wasps then something else and then even more. I am amazed at how much life there is in my garden but I am aware that its not just down to me but my neighbours we all have different gardening styles so we have such a diverse habitat.
I now consider myself an Anorak :- is a person who has a very strong interest, perhaps obsessive, in niche subjects. This interest may be unacknowledged or not understood by the general public.
Having lived and worked in Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey and I can say for sure I agree with Ernest Shackletons quote (especially after spending a winter in Antarctica)
“No person who has not spent a period of his life in those ‘stark and sullen solitudes that sentinel the Pole’ will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man.”
I definitely appreciate all the little things in life and nature plays a bigger part in my life since returning from Antarctica.