Thoughts inspired by this:

“After long experience I am convinced that the best place to study nature is at one’s own home, -on the farm, in the mountains, on the plains, by the sea, -no matter where that may be.  One has it all about him then.  The seasons bring to his door the great revolving cycle of wild life, floral and faunal, and he need miss no part of the show.”

– John Burroughs