Before I get to the serendipity part, let me share this bit of background information.
I haven't done much in recent years, but I've carved a few things in my life, mostly walking sticks and canes with Florida wildlife or marine life themes.
Often, while carving, I would reference a treasured set of the Ashton's reptile field guides for some needed detail. I've had them for years and they are battered and stained as any good field guide should be.
Now to the serendipity part ...
Last week, after an awesome eye doctor visit, I went into Best Buy to look at cameras.
I'm not very happy with the wildlife shots I get from my one year old Sony DSCHX200 camera. It does a lot of great things, but it is not fast enough or good enough in low light for my personal needs.
It's actually the reason for the slow down in Pure Florida posts.
(Email me if you want to buy it ... at a discount.)
So, I was hoping to look at the DSLRs in Best Buy with a replacement in mind.
A Best Buy sales associate came up to me as I was looking at cameras and asked me if I needed any help.
I told him my dilemma and he gave me some great information about why that camera wasn't a good choice for bird and critter photography ... whew ... that was reassuring ... I knew it couldn't be me.
I've only been an avid photographer for about 40 years ...
So where is the serendipity part?
I'm getting there, be patient.
In our conversation I asked about another camera I had ordered for Cedar Key's Science Department. As soon as I said science he asked me what science I teach, I said "everything", and he pulled out his phone to show me a photo of a beautiful tortoise.
In the conversation he mentioned he lived on a 200 acre wildlife preserve and raised exotic tortoises.
Then he asked me if I had ever heard of Ray and Patricia Ashton.
Well, of course I had, they are the co-authors of my favorite Florida reptile and amphibian field guides.
"Well, " he said, "They are my parents. I'm Kevin Ashton"
So, then we had a REALLY great conversation about his late father and the books.
My girl Sara N. Dippity was right by my side that day.
Yesterday, she showed up again, but this time it was in Cedar Key...