2018 was a whirlwind. Meetings. Pitches. Travel. Learning to do audio on YouTube. Turning our apartment into a wall-to-wall Post-it note storyboard. You see, we’re trying to create the first prototype of Nature Labs by fall 2019 and, as a result, we had fewer days in the field than ever before. Yet 2018 was good to us. We made our time in the Rocky Mountains count like never before, narrowing our search to specific individuals and landscapes we’ve come to know well while working to create the stories that will underpin Nature Labs.
In order of date, please enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of Nature Labs and what became our top wildlife encounters from 2018.
“It’s a %@*!# bobcat, Jill! Get down here right now!!”
Our good friends Kerri Martin and Jamie Pentney were on the other end of the phone one chilly January morning. And they had big news: a bobcat.
But wait, they said: “Do you want us to come pick you up?”
Jill had planned a wildlife drive with Kerri and Jamie one Sunday morning while Simon was in eastern Canada hosting a series of ‘Community Conversations’. But it wasn’t to be. Simon discovered that he needed critical Nature Labs documents to be updated for a last minute meeting and drowning in a sea of Times New Roman, font size 10, Jill had to cancel the excursion.
Until she got the call.
Documents for a meeting?! They could wait. And Jill was off. Her car was motivated to get her down to the cat as quickly as possible and, sure enough, there it was awaiting her arrival. Or maybe the bobcat was just occupied with its discovery of a deer fawn.
What Jill still can’t believe is our amazing friends: willing to grab just a few shots and then leave such a remarkable scene to pick Jill up and drive her back so she could get the story for Nature Labs. That’s ultimate friendship.
Let’s also not forget that Simon, maybe the most excitable of the crew, was stuck in Toronto bouncing from meeting to presentation. We were all glowing from the encounter, but also quite disappointed that we couldn’t share it with the D. Simon. He wasn’t bitter, amazingly, and happily followed along by texts, reminding each of us to check our settings!
Jill wrote about the encounter shortly after it happened, but she’s happy to write about it again.
You should also read Kerri’s account from her blog.
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