Great blog. Social anxiety makes for great nature/landscape photography.
I love the analogy of the old west showdown, it feels like that sometimes. When I walk around with a chrome rangefinder around my neck I might as well have a Colt 45 peace maker on my hip. If I hold the camera in my hand people seemed less aware of me/it.
Oddly enough, I can walk around with an SLR and no one pays it any mind. Where I live I guess people are pretty accustomed to seeing nerdy middle aged men and women walking around with dSLR’s and gigantic zoom lenses.