Continuing in the same vein as above, think about a subject you'd like to photograph that is that is close by and build a project around it. When doing so, consider the following:
- Has the subject received any attention in the past?
- Does the subject have an interesting natural history?
- When is the subject best photographed (is it nocturnal)?
Answering some of these questions can help provide answers to others. For example, if you decide on documenting the life cycle of a local bees, you'll probably want to be out around dawn with a macro lens during spring and summer with one eye on environmental news headlines as the report on the national demise of pollinators. You now have a kit list, knowledge of your subject and a motive to document this species.
During the 'down-time' continue your research and process your images. If you're interested in using your images, contact experts in the relevant areas of study, charities that have an interest in the species, picture libraries and newspapers. All these outlets might be interested in using your images.