The more that I learn about the natural world around me — the names of the birds, the distribution of flowers — the more that I learn while traveling. Laughing gulls wheel overhead here, like so many cardinals at home. But so do brown headed cowbirds, which are a constant presence in our yard. The grasses are entirely unfamiliar, and many of the flowers look like something I’d plant in the garden, too precious to grow in the wild. So I photograph everything, to check in my Sibley or through the magic of the internet. Everything becomes familiar eventually.