Happy December! As my family will tell you, I always have difficulty coming up with a Christmas list for myself. Over the next several days I’ll assemble a list that might be helpful to those of you who are contemplating what to give that special natural history/biology buff.
Some of the items will be things that I use on a regular basis. Others will be things that I’m certain I would use if I had them.
Headlamp and light shed today. Books next. Happy reading!
Head lamp: Princeton Apex Pro
I received this as a gift last year and LOVE it! It is very powerful, has adjustable light levels and even a flash setting that is great for walking the dogs along the road at night. Batteries are expensive, but the battery life is quite long. I used this light throughout the summer and fall. This is the first headlamp I’ve owned that has sufficient light intensity that I was able to confidently avoid stepping on snakes during this summer’s Invertebrates in Education and Conservation Conference (Tucson, AZ) and BugShot 2012 (Archbold Biological Station, Venus, FL) night photography sessions.
The online price of these headlamps varies dramatically. The company makes a variety of different headlamps. Sierra Trading Post had a very nice selection, as well as the best prices, last winter.
Digital Light Shed – Extra Large – (24 x 24 x 36″)
I had the opportunity to work with light tents similar to this during BugShot 2012. This particular light tent is extraordinarily versatile, and portable. Though I could make my own version using paper or foamcore board, I know that I’ll be able to experiment a lot more with this commercial model.
The large size allows for the user to put a lazy susan into the shed to allow for easy adjustment and specimen placement while photographing. This light shed certainly goes on this year’s list!