That is indeed amazing about your mother. Both my mother, and father desceased some 10 years now, were outdoors nature lovers, birds, animals, rocks, hiking, boating - it was every childs dream. In my early teens I did taxidermy and later gravitated away from shooting and eventually took up photography with film way back. But family life with 4 kids is demanding and it's just now that the last one is leaving home and I've got this wonderful gear!
My father loved to build but was never formally trained. Never the less he did an awful lot and gave me the desire to create stuff out of whatever materials are available. I like to machine and weld and create mechanical things like this treepod. Thirty years ago I dreamed of a remote release and a tree mount camera and now that it's finally possible for me, it's proving to be tricky. I used to climb like a monkey but those days are over so I'm not sure how high I'll get. I don't want to be a fatality!
6D 300 2.8 II X2 III 1000th F5.6 ISO 1600
That's a very nice shot for 2x Tele wide open. I would call that a very usable result under the circumstance. That's a lens I think I would like to have, but I couldn't currently justify it for the type of shooting I typically do. I wouldn't use it enough (or professionally) right now. Still, it looks like a treat optically!