Can I tell you how much I love the internet? (Thanks, Al Gore). Last month, I was able to find exactly the info I needed to understand and utilize the scientific info I need for my story.
This morning, I am home (sadly, to attend a funeral later this morning), and trying to squeeze in some writing during this rare alone time. I am jumping into the first scene, and I needed to describe something - voila, found a picture online.
I guess it does take a little bit of the old fashioned legwork out of writing, and yes, I would love to travel to the setting that I am describing, and sense it firsthand, don't get me wrong. But jobs and kids don't really allow for random trips to Undisclosed Story Location. Maybe in the spring during spring break! Until then, though, Internet, MWAH!