On Being Homesick and Strategies to Help Half a Globe Away From the Farm

New Zealand in Numbers:

9 months and 25 days here
309,486 km (192,306 miles) on Pippin’s (my car’s) odometer
12,397 photographs taken
11,486 km (7,137 miles) traveled with Pippin
28 places stayed in (hostels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, homes; includes 24 unique locations with one location stayed at three times)
27 blog posts published
11-hour train ride from Auckland to Wellington
9 videos made
8 flights taken (including one in which I was the pilot)
5 stuffed animals purchased
3 cameras used
2 natural disasters experienced (7.8 magnitude earthquake in November and Port Hills bush fire in February, both while in Christchurch)
1 kiwi found
Countless pamphlets and maps gathered

1 fantastic adventure in Middle Earth.
And 1 homesick farm girl. Continue reading

A Wildlife Photography Hack to Make Your Life More Exciting (With Video)

For years, we’ve groaned about the changing of our clocks twice a year. It messes with our systems and causes sleep deprivation. The sun sets far too late or far too early.

Yet, for wildlife photographers, this biannual ritual can lead to some cool pictures.

So.

Embrace Daylight Savings Time. Continue reading

A Call for Americans to Use Turn Signals in Roundabouts

Four months in to my stay in New Zealand, I was astonished to learn that turn signals should be used in roundabouts.

I had been listening to a talk show on the radio in which callers discussed their greatest annoyances. One person said that she became annoyed “when people don’t use turn signals in roundabouts.”

My first thought was, “You’re supposed to do that? Oops.” Continue reading