I'm a new bird nerd, but an old nature lover. After years of camping with my husband and visiting national and state parks all over the country, in 2019 I started birding in earnest from my home base in Amarillo, Texas. Counting birds, identifying subspecies and posting lists on eBird are all recent hobbies for me. But walking a beautiful trail at sunrise, listening to bird calls, and trying to spot wildlife is my lifelong passion. 


I've also always loved nature photography, but lugging around a Nikon DSLR with a 500mm lens and a tripod just isn't fun for me any more. In the spring of 2019, I discovered the Nikon Coolpix P1000, a superzoom (digital equivalent of a 3000mm lens) point and shoot camera with a built-in bird setting. Most of the pictures on this blog were taken with the P1000. 

I am blessed to be married to Rohn Butterfield, who teaches Earth and Space Science at Caprock High School in Amarillo. His endless curiosity and vast knowledge help me to appreciate and better understand both nature and life. We have an amazing adult son, Hart, three poorly-trained but very sweet rescue dogs and one lazy basement kitty. 


When I am not outdoors, I am a full-time employment lawyer in Amarillo and have been for 32 years. I help my business clients comply with the laws prohibiting discrimination, the overtime and minimum wage requirements, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other employment regulations. I practice with the firm of Wright Wilmarth Byrd, PLLC.


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