A couple weeks ago a mutual friend introduced me to Clay, who generously spent some time birding with us. In the field, his acuity and birding experience combined to be a fascinating combination. Our conversation spanned across many avian-related topics while driving back roads looking for Lark Sparrow. His birding skills aside, what struck me most was how he was a great man with great wisdom to share.
It's taken me a few days to settle down after getting off the road and settled into my new dishwashing job. (I've gotta keep gas in the car, to get to the next birder/bird!) During this time I've listened to my recorded interviews with "Mr. Swarovski" multiple times, trying to unpack the insight he has offered through our conversations. I decided to to share his story about how he turned his passion for birds and photography into a career with one of the best optics companies out there- Swarovski Optik.