[February 27, 2011, added comment. In my field work, the constant tools (carried in pockets or small rucksack) are stenographer’s pad, pens, tape measure, compass, topographical map and watch. Close by in the pickup are engineering graph tablets, colored flags, binoculars and camera. The camera is ofttimes carried around the neck. I have also been using a GPS lately. I’ve not used a laptop in the field, but I can see its utility with uploaded topo maps and data entry. The iPhone may have some applications in field work, but the fundamental tools are steno pad, topo map, compass and tape measure.]
The experiment with in-the-field short note taking has come to an end. I am back up at the ranch office and am writing on the desktop, not the iPhone.
The use of the iPhone in the field for short bursts of updates works, but the photographic uploads into my blog via iPhone did not work. Part of the problem is that our ranch is way out in the brush and our cell towers are at Bluff Dale and Morgan Mill, Texas, miles and miles away. For any extended commentary, a laptop with a wireless connection is much preferable to the iPhone although I will try the iPhone mode again.
While in the field today I kept a written journal and took photographs with another camera. I am posting the photographs of high grass in the pasture. The Big bluestem is “big,” reaching six-feet tall. The Little bluestem is about three-feet tall. For now, enjoy the field photographs.