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Tanypteryx
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Message 1 of 27 (709122)
10-21-2013 6:43 PM


I am headed for Ecuador for 3 weeks of photographing tropical dragonflies and damselflies with 2 friends.

I hope someone will fill in for me here, jeering Faith and Mindspawn's asinine posts. I hardly ever read one of their posts that does not contain numerous errors.

Have fun and live life large.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy


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Message 2 of 27 (709173)
10-22-2013 9:13 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
10-21-2013 6:43 PM


Lucky.

Have a good time!


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Message 3 of 27 (709179)
10-22-2013 9:34 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
10-21-2013 6:43 PM


No worries on that account.
As long as folk make asinine posts there will be folk to point them out.

Anyone so limited that they can only spell a word one way is severely handicapped!

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Message 4 of 27 (709182)
10-22-2013 9:52 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
10-21-2013 6:43 PM


Dragons and damsels oh my!
Good hunting Tanypteryx,

Just remember; be cautious whilst meddling in the affairs of dragons,
for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.


"You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative" William S. Burroughs

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Message 5 of 27 (709199)
10-22-2013 12:34 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
10-21-2013 6:43 PM


Photographs? Of dragonflies?

We're gonna want to see those you know.

Happy hunting!

Mutate and Survive


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Message 6 of 27 (709200)
10-22-2013 12:50 PM
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10-21-2013 6:43 PM


Tanypteryx writes:

dragonflies and damselflies


Dragons and damsels are similar in so many ways.

(If nobody else notices you're gone, I'll miss your cheers on almost every post. By the time you get back I'll probably be down to a 6 again. )


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Message 7 of 27 (709214)
10-22-2013 4:05 PM
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10-22-2013 12:50 PM


By the time you get back I'll probably be down to a 6 again.

And Faith will be up to a 7.


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AZPaul3
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Message 8 of 27 (709215)
10-22-2013 4:07 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
10-21-2013 6:43 PM


Like Granny said but stronger.

Pictures or it didn't happen!

Be safe.


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Tanypteryx
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Message 9 of 27 (712796)
12-06-2013 7:49 PM


back with photos
Well, I am back from my trip. We had a lot of fun, but were disappointed that the habitat had been destroyed at some of the places we revisited.

The weather prior to our visit was drier than it had been in 2009 in some of the localities, so there were a lot fewer species than we found 4 years ago. One species we particularly wanted to see and photograph again was found at 3 new sites, which was great, because the original site where we found it has been completely destroyed.

Anyway, if any of you are interested, I have started adding photos to an album on my facebook page (20 so far...I shot more than 3200). PM me and I will send a link to any of the EvC regulars.

I do ask that you do not share or post my images anywhere else.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy


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Message 10 of 27 (712800)
12-06-2013 8:55 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
10-21-2013 6:43 PM


Looking forward to more pictures. My dad really enjoyed the last batch

Enjoy.


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Tanypteryx
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Message 11 of 27 (712804)
12-06-2013 10:35 PM
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12-06-2013 8:55 PM


RAZD, I'm glad you and your dad enjoyed them. My Dad liked them too. I lost him last year, but his encouragement will always guide my life.

I sent you links to some others also.

Thanks for your interest!


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy


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AZPaul3
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Message 12 of 27 (712812)
12-07-2013 6:45 AM
Reply to: Message 9 by Tanypteryx
12-06-2013 7:49 PM


Re: back with photos
I do ask that you do not share or post my images anywhere else.

So no pictures to share here? Oh, bummer.

Some here do not participate in social media. With me it's a religious thing. You do know facebook is the spawn of the devil, right?

If it's a legal copyright thing I'll take my nose elsewhere, but of 3200 pics, maybe 2-3 for the open forum?

More interested however in this:

... the habitat had been destroyed at some of the places we revisited. ... the original site where we found it has been completely destroyed.

What happened? I know it's that damn human again but what is he doing? How bad is it getting?


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Tanypteryx
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Message 13 of 27 (712825)
12-07-2013 11:19 AM
Reply to: Message 12 by AZPaul3
12-07-2013 6:45 AM


Re: back with photos
AZPaul,

So no pictures to share here? Oh, bummer.

It looks like images are linked to, rather than actually posted here. I have a flickr account so I probably can upload a few images there and then link them.

Some here do not participate in social media. With me it's a religious thing. You do know facebook is the spawn of the devil, right?

I guess I have always thought of EvC as social media. There are some things I do not like about facebook, but it is a way to share experiences with family and also communicate with a bunch of colleagues who share my interests in science and photography. I am not interested in sharing the minutia of my day and I turn off the display of other people who do that (nobody cares what they had for breakfast).

... the habitat had been destroyed at some of the places we revisited. ... the original site where we found it has been completely destroyed.

What happened? I know it's that damn human again but what is he doing? How bad is it getting?

In many cases the forest was cut, the large valuable trees were removed for lumber and the rest (smaller trees) were left lying on the ground. Sometimes everything was burned and and crops (coffee, cacao, bananas, oil palm, etc.) were planted, but often the crops were just planted around the lying trees. These places often had shacks built on them, with families living there.

We did take some photos of these places and I will try and post some of those also.

The types of habitat we like to explore are small jungle streams and ponds that we see along dirt roads out in the rural areas. These roads are usually lined by developed agricultural fields and small villages for the first dozen kilometers or so, but often they enter areas where the prime forest still grows and human habitation is limited to a path leading eventually to a single shack with one family and their garden.

We wade the streams, which can be densely overgrown by an incredible profusion plants and also crisscrossed with fallen trees. It is a lot of fun, but really tough going and lots of the plants have spines and leaves with toxins and there are stinging ants everywhere. This is where we find some really incredible dragonflies and damselflies, sometimes undescribed, because no one has explored that stream before.

The other thing that really destroys the habitat is when the forest is cut to provide grazing land for cattle. The riparian vegetation completely disappears and mud and cow manure contaminate the stream. These stream often were the drinking and washing water supplies for people, but no more.

Ponds sometimes fare better, because the poor rural people do not have access to the heavy equipment to fill them in, but this is starting to happen also. We spend quite a lot of our time in the low lands east of the Andes, The Amazon. There is a lot of oil exploration development going on there with pipelines and tanker trucks everywhere.

I will try and post a few shots here. Also sending you a PM.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy


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nwr
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Message 14 of 27 (712836)
12-07-2013 12:19 PM
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12-07-2013 6:45 AM


Re: back with photos
Some here do not participate in social media. With me it's a religious thing. You do know facebook is the spawn of the devil, right?

I've stayed away from facebook too. And I would also appreciate if a few of the pictures were made available for us non-facebook types.

Fundamentalism - the anti-American, anti-Christian branch of American Christianity

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Tanypteryx
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Message 15 of 27 (712843)
12-07-2013 1:35 PM
Reply to: Message 14 by nwr
12-07-2013 12:19 PM


Re: back with photos
nwr writes:

I've stayed away from facebook too. And I would also appreciate if a few of the pictures were made available for us non-facebook types.

I could be wrong about this, but my understanding is that you can look at the galleries that I am sending you the links to, without needing to log in or join facebook in any way. I am also in the process of uploading images to flickr galleries, but there really is not much difference in looking at public galleries anywhere on the web.

I have sent you a PM.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy


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