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From: Bryan Reynolds <nature_photo_man...> [okleps] <okleps...>
Subject: Re: [okleps] 2017/2018 goals, milestones, experiences

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Great response, Bill. I look forward to reading your 2018 reports.


Take care,

Bryan


Bryan E. Reynolds

Find me on Facebook: Bryan Reynolds/Nature Photographer

My Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/bryanereynolds<http://www.fli=
ckr.com/photos/78441846%40N03/>


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From: <okleps...> <okleps...> on behalf of bill bil=
<ld...> [okleps] <okleps...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:07 AM
To: <okleps...>
Subject: Re: [okleps] 2017/2018 goals, milestones, experiences



Hi all,

Great thread! Sorry for taking so long to respond. I'd love to see response=
s from other group members from varying backgrounds and perspectives. In th=
at vein, here is my humble summary of 2017...

After a fulfilling first full season of butterflying the year before, i wen=
t into 2017 very hopeful. Overall work and real life weighed heavier and my=
energy level seemed lower. More days off were spent at the computer under =
the ac and resting. I began to worry i was falling behind my previous year'=
s accomplishments. About the same time i realized i had always put moths on=
the back burner. Kinda interesting, but hey there's a zillion of them and =
they almost all look alike. But i had taken the occasional pic of a diurnal=
moth here and there; and at the end of every long day there were many flut=
tering about the lights and on the walls outside my apartment and the adjac=
ent empty apartments.

As a birder turned entophile, i am perhaps overly concerned about such thin=
gs as listing, state and county firsts, etc. A quick look at John Fisher's =
data shows my county was next to last with only 44 of about 2,000 possible =
species listed. So i began basically just stepping outside at night with a =
camera for a few minutes now and again. I learned to identify a few, but re=
adily admit i had to rely on Bamona and BugGuide for most of my ids. A few =
concern me, for example where the BugGuide reviewer felt comfortable with a=
n id only to genus, whereas the Bamona person gave a species id. Things lik=
e that. And i still have a few to submit for id. That said i think i have s=
ome 56 species to add to the previous 44 for Garfield County. Of course I'v=
e been periodically sending photos and the required info to John Fisher and=
await his final analysis.

There's nothing here to turn science on its head. These guys were here all =
along; it's just that no one was looking and reporting. But that's what cit=
izen science is all about; we can all increase overall knowledge, and often=
with very little effort.

peace
bill d
enid garfield ok



Sent: Friday, January 05, 2018 at 1:17 PM
From: "Bryan Reynolds <nature_photo_man...> [okleps]" <okleps@yahoog=
roups.com>
To: leps-talk <tils-leps-talk...>, "<desertleps...>=
" <desertleps...>, okleps <okleps...>
Subject: [okleps] 2017/2018 goals, milestones, experiences




All,



So, how was your 2017 lep year? Did you hit any milestones? Collect/photo=
graph/observe any new species? Any great trips for leps? Get any publishe=
d work done (academic papers, popular literature, books, pro bono work)? E=
xpand your photographic files? Finally rearrange your collection or get th=
rough that stack of old enveloped specimens from a previous trip?



My 2017 was one of the best years, photographically speaking, that I've eve=
r had. I took three major trips (Albuquerque twice and the LRGV), and I wa=
s out on many days locally in my home state of Oklahoma. I got 19 lifers o=
n film (digital) and more coverage of several species that I only had 'grab=
shots' previously on slide film. I also photographed a lot of great behav=
ior such as courtship, mating, ovipositing, and feeding. One of my 2017 go=
als was to get more coverage of immatures, predation, and larval food plant=
s, which I was able to do. I also had a goal to get more close-ups of wing=
patterns (of living, unrestrained butterflies), so after I photographed th=
e standard photos, I'd see how close I could get to the butterfly. Sometim=
es it was within inches. I also tried to get photos of multiple individual=
s such as at sap flows, mud puddles, or dung. Besides lep photography, I a=
lso photographed many other natural history subjects of all kinds. And on =
the business end of things, I got a few images published as well as a coupl=
e article/photo pieces. I also met many people in the field, mostly at ran=
dom, that have a passion about butterflies/moths or natural history in gene=
ral (or some that just liked to hike). It was fun to point out butterflies=
to people who were interested, but many had no idea about them (behaviors =
such as mud-puddling or probing scat, or how tiny some species are, or that=
not every one they see is a Monarch, etc.) All in all, I had a great year=
..



Here's an album of my 2017 butterfly wing detail photos: https://www.flick=
r.com/photos/bryanereynolds/albums/72157668165310309



For 2018, I have a few trips in mind. I still want to make the LRGV an ann=
ual thing, so that'll be my fall trip. I also have a tentative plan to hit=
Arizona in the summertime. And I plan on hitting Wisconsin also in the su=
mmer. In Oklahoma, I want to start working the eastern edge for all of the=
regular species that occur in that area. While there, a few on my 'hit-li=
st' include Diana Fritillaries, King's Hairstreaks, Duke's Skippers, Mottle=
d Duskywings, Lace-winged Roadside-Skippers, White M Hairstreaks, Eastern P=
ine Elfins, and more (some of these I do have on slide film, but I want upd=
ated digital coverage). Just like 2017, I want to get more coverage of imm=
atures, larval food plants, and more habitat photos. I'm already eagerly p=
lanning and prepping for another great year.



How about you? What are your 2018 plans?



I hope this wets your whistle a little during these cold winter days...



Take care,

Bryan



Bryan E. Reynolds

Find me on Facebook: Bryan Reynolds/Nature Photographer

My Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/bryanereynolds<http://www.fli=
ckr.com/photos/78441846%40N03/>





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<p style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0">Great response, Bill.&nbsp; I look forward to reading your 2018 reports.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0">Take care,</p>
<p style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0">Bryan<br>
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<b>Sent:</b> Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:07 AM<br>
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<div>Hi all,</div>
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<div>Great thread! Sorry for taking so long to respond. I'd love to see responses from other group members from varying backgrounds and perspectives. In that vein, here is my humble summary of 2017...</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div>After a fulfilling first full season of butterflying the year before, i went into 2017 very hopeful. Overall work and real life weighed heavier and my energy level seemed lower. More days off were spent at the computer under the ac and resting. I began
to worry i was falling behind my previous year's accomplishments. About the same time i realized i had&nbsp;always put moths on the back burner. Kinda interesting, but hey there's a zillion of them and they almost all look alike. But i had taken&nbsp;the occasional
pic of a diurnal moth here and there; and at the end of every long day there were many fluttering about the lights and on the walls outside my apartment and the adjacent empty apartments.</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div>As a birder turned entophile, i am perhaps overly concerned about such things as listing, state and county firsts, etc. A quick look at John Fisher's data shows my county was next to last with only 44 of about 2,000 possible species listed. So i began
basically just stepping outside at night with a camera for a few minutes now and again. I learned to identify a few, but readily admit i had to rely on Bamona and BugGuide for most of my ids. A few concern me, for example where the BugGuide reviewer felt comfortable
with an id only to genus, whereas the Bamona person gave a species id. Things like that. And i still have a few to submit for id. That said i think i have some 56 species to add to the previous 44 for Garfield County. Of course I've been periodically sending
photos and the required info to John Fisher and await his final analysis.</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div>There's nothing here to turn science on its head. These guys were here all along; it's just that no one was looking and reporting. But that's what citizen science is all about; we can all increase overall knowledge, and often with very little effort.</div>
<div>&nbsp;</div>
<div>peace</div>
<div>bill d</div>
<div>enid garfield ok</div>
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<b>From:</b>&nbsp;&quot;Bryan Reynolds <nature_photo_man...> [okleps]&quot; &lt;<okleps...>&gt;<br>
<b>To:</b>&nbsp;leps-talk &lt;<tils-leps-talk...>&gt;, &quot;<desertleps...>&quot; &lt;<desertleps...>&gt;, okleps &lt;<okleps...>&gt;<br>
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<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">So, how was your 2017 lep year?&nbsp; Did you hit any milestones?&nbsp; Collect/photograph/observe any new species?&nbsp; Any great trips for leps?&nbsp; Get any published work done (academic papers, popular literature, books, pro bono
work)?&nbsp; Expand your photographic files? &nbsp;Finally rearrange your collection or get through that stack of old enveloped specimens from a previous trip?</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">My 2017 was one of the best years, photographically speaking, that I've ever had.&nbsp; I took three major trips (Albuquerque twice and the LRGV), and I was out on many days locally in my home state of Oklahoma.&nbsp; I got 19
lifers on film (digital) and more coverage of several species that I only had 'grab shots' previously on slide film.&nbsp; I also photographed a lot of great behavior such as courtship, mating, ovipositing, and feeding.&nbsp; One of my 2017 goals was to get more coverage
of immatures, predation, and larval food plants, which I was able to do.&nbsp; I also had a goal to get more close-ups of wing patterns (of living, unrestrained butterflies), so after I photographed the standard photos, I'd see how close I could get to the butterfly.&nbsp;
Sometimes it was within inches.&nbsp; I also tried to get photos of multiple individuals such as at sap flows, mud puddles, or dung.&nbsp; Besides lep photography, I also photographed many other natural history subjects of all kinds.&nbsp; And on the business end of things,
I got a few images published as well as a couple article/photo pieces.&nbsp; I also met many people in the field, mostly at random, that have a passion about butterflies/moths or natural history in general (or some that just liked to hike).&nbsp; It was fun to point
out butterflies to people who were interested, but many had no idea about them (behaviors such as mud-puddling or probing scat, or how tiny some species are, or that not every one they see is a Monarch, etc.) &nbsp;All in all, I had&nbsp;a great year.</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">Here's an album of my 2017 butterfly wing detail photos: &nbsp;<a class="x_OWAAutoLink" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanereynolds/albums/72157668165310309" id="LPlnk383339" target="_blank" previewremoved="true">https://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanereynolds/albums/72157668165310309</a></p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">For 2018, I have a few trips in mind.&nbsp; I still want to make the LRGV an annual thing, so that'll be my fall trip.&nbsp; I also have a tentative plan to hit Arizona&nbsp;in the summertime.&nbsp; And I plan on hitting Wisconsin also
in the summer.&nbsp; In Oklahoma, I want to start working the eastern edge for all of the regular species that occur in that area.&nbsp; While there, a few on my 'hit-list' include Diana Fritillaries, King's Hairstreaks, Duke's Skippers, Mottled Duskywings, Lace-winged
Roadside-Skippers, White M Hairstreaks, Eastern Pine Elfins, and more (some of these I do have on slide film, but I want updated digital coverage).&nbsp; Just like 2017, I want to get more coverage of immatures, larval food plants, and more habitat photos.&nbsp; I'm
already eagerly planning and prepping for another great year.</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">How about you?&nbsp; What are your 2018 plans?</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">I hope this wets your whistle a little during these cold winter days...</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">Take care,</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">Bryan</p>
<p style="margin-top:0; margin-bottom:0">&nbsp;</p>
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My Flickr Photostream:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/78441846%40N03/" id="LPNoLP" target="_blank">
http://www.flickr.com/<font color="#000000">bryanereynolds</font></a></font></div>
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