When I first spotted this robust Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis), it seemed mostly dull and brown, but upon closer inspection with my macro gear, an array of colors and patterns became visible! They're such beautiful little lizards!
🌴✴️🌟 I'm throwing around the idea of creating a coffee table photobook of my ongoing collection I'm calling "Parts of the Whole". This photo series focuses on abstract patterns, textures, and color in nature at various scales from extreme macro and up. The scale and subject may not be clear at first view or without a description, but the frame represents part of a whole, be it an animal, plant, ecosystem, or greater. . This photo is a recent addition to the collection!
Early morning in the swamp
Afternoon Delight ☀️😎👌
Thank you everyone for the support this year! 2018 has felt like quite a long year! Mine was full of ups and downs from internal struggles and personal growth to political ridiculousness and social issues. . It started out a bit rough for me. I've decided to be candid about this as it tends to be a taboo topic and I believe that it should be addressed much more. By the beginning of this year, I was falling head-first into a cycle of anxiety and depression, mostly concerning graduate school. It's very common in the sciences unfortunately. I finally decided to seek help. I'm not sure if it was out of stubbornness or just not wanting to burden anyone else with problems that existed only in my head, but I avoided professional help. Unfortunately, the academic advisor I had at the time didn't understand what I was going through. His solution was to remove himself from my committee. Luckily, one of my other committee members was gracious enough to let me finish up my last portion of my PhD in his lab. Between having a new adviser and finally seeking help, my mental situation has dramatically improved compared to a year ago, although it has been a gradual journey. . Despite that, I feel I accomplished a good amount. I coordinated TWO bioblitzes at Split Oak Forest and I really feel that both were successful! I also became much more involved in the fight to save Split Oak. I'm trying to contribute with the tools and skills I have such as GIS/mapping, biology, and photography. The fight for Split Oak isn't over yet! Stay tuned! . As far as science goes, I was a co-author of three journal articles and FINALLY got my Masters thesis submitted for publication (in review)! I've learned many new statistical techniques and concepts for data analysis and for geospatial applications. . I believe I've grown this year with photography too. I've learned a lot through practice and Google😋! I conducted my very first nature photography workshop that went very well. I had a photo of mine (gyandromorphic jumping spider) make the 2018 Ripley's Believe It or Not book. I sold multiple prints at a charity auction. This year was also a record for total amount... . (Continued in comments)
Sweat bee (Halictus sp.) . Probably Poey's furrow bee (Halictus poeyi)
We found a baby banded water snake (Nerodia fasciata) in our garage! It's just a tiny little guy, but very colorful! I let it go by the pond next door.
I found this odd fungus on my trip to north Georgia last month. For some reason when I first saw them I imagined an aerial panning scene in some movie zooming into a cliff face where the locals live in caves but have built these external structures. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Click beetle (Alaus sp., probably A. myops)
We encountered a couple absolutely gorgeous pygmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) on our hike this past weekend at Wekiva. I don't usually see that blue/green iridescent sheen! Behind the scenes - Pic 9: One of them kept trying to climb on my lens! Behind the scenes - Pic 10: Laura got a shot of me in action with one of the chill little models 😂 Edit: just noticed it screwed up the cropping on picture 6... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ if you go to my website (link in bio) you can see these and one more in much higher resolution!
Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia) is an extremely invasive shrub/tree here in Florida. Its ability to thrive in a variety of ecosystems from aquatic to terrestrial combined with its fast-growing nature and the fact that it tends to grow in large monocultures makes it a fast and effective invader throughout subtropical and tropical Florida. The plants produce thick sprawling canopies which stifle the growth of other native plants, facilitating large patches of only this plant. The bright red berries shown in this photo entice many animals to eat them which then disperse the seeds, further facilitating the spread of this noxious weedy plant. . It was introduced in the mid 1800s as an ornamental plant and has since ahead to over 700,000 acres around the state. It is now illegal to transport it sell this plant in Florida. There are methods to manage this plant at a large scale including roller-chopping and controlled fire but, similar to other plants in the family Anacardiaceae such as poison ivy, the plant can be a severe irritant when disturbed or touched directly and can cause respiratory issues during bloom or when burned (it also doesn't burn very well). As far as I'm aware, the best method currently known is herbicide, but this can also kill of other beneficial plants around it.
Baby Carolina anoles are always adorable 😊 this little dude was only about an inch long (~2.5cm)!
Wiregrass Golden Hour Late December afternoon in one of my favorite ecosystem types here in Florida: pine sandhills
Large mushroom I saw in north Georgia
Turkeytail shelf fungus (Trametes versicolor)
In case you wanted to learn about this beautiful native Florida emergent wetland plant: Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) is a perennial herbaceous emergent aquatic plant native to the American continent from eastern Canada to Argentina. It occurs throughout Florida. It can be found in wetlands, slow-moving streams, edges of ponds and lakes, and in ditches. Pickerelweed typically grows to around 2-4 feet tall. It has large broad leaves up to 6 inches wide and almost twice as long. It has several adaptations to surviving anaerobic conditions including aerenchyma tissue in the stems to supply oxygen to roots as well as metabolic adaptations. Pickerelweed produces large (up to 6 in) spikes covered in flowers ranging from light pink to deep blue hues, and sometimes white that bloom in succession from the bottom up. It tolerates low fertility, partial sunlight, and inundation to at least 30.7 inches (78 cm), but flourishes in fully exposed fertile soils (pH: 6.0 to 8.0) as well as locations permanently inundated up to 12 inches deep in freshwater of <3 parts per thousand salinity. It requires full or partial sun to thrive. Because of their flashy flowers and hardiness, these are great plants to use in a water garden or private water body! They can provide a beautiful aesthetic as well as refuge for many small animals.
Elongate stilt spider (Tetragnatha elongata), a member of the long-jawed orbweaver family, Tetragnathidae Photographed after my face found it while paddleboarding on the Silver River 😂