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 2006-2008 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.