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Tanypteryx
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Message 1 of 69 (782400)
04-22-2016 8:54 PM


I am getting ready for a road trip from Oregon to Tennessee and back, starting about May 15. I am meeting a group of friends to try photographing and capturing an undescribed species of dragonfly. It has been observed at two localities several hundred miles apart by members of our group. It is larger than any other known living dragonfly and we are sure, represents a new genus and probably a new sub-family level clade.

I plan to spend 12 days getting to Tennessee, a week or so there and then another 10-12 days getting back.

I think I will swing down to Las Vegas and around the South Rim of the GC and then head east.

I hope to visit a string of interesting geological features and aquatic habitats, so if anyone has some good suggestions, I would love to hear them. I am making a trip to Utah later in the summer so I will skip it on this trip. I am completely open on my return trip, but I would like to make some stops where I can see fossils.

I just ordered a new rock hammer since mine seems to have disappeared last year in Pennsylvania.


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Message 2 of 69 (782402)
04-22-2016 9:55 PM
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04-22-2016 8:54 PM


I think I will swing down to Las Vegas and around the South Rim of the GC and then head east.

I hope to visit a string of interesting geological features and aquatic habitats, so if anyone has some good suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Vegas has dragonflies, BTW. Here is a bad photograph of one.


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Message 3 of 69 (782403)
04-22-2016 10:34 PM


Mississippian mound culture
You're heading into Mississippian Mound culture area and part of the Hopewell Trade areas and many are also along waterways and marshlands.

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

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04-22-2016 10:35 PM
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04-22-2016 9:55 PM


Libellula saturata male, common name, Flame Skimmer. One of my favorites!

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Re: Mississippian mound culture
You're heading into Mississippian Mound culture area and part of the Hopewell Trade areas and many are also along waterways and marshlands.

I will read up on them, thanks!

One of the things we run into, that is so different from the west is, how little public land there is. One of the 2 sites in Tennessee is on a private hunt club and they want $100 per person for access. Lots of land owners won't let us on their land no, matter what.


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 6 of 69 (782407)
04-22-2016 10:49 PM
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04-22-2016 10:47 PM


Re: Mississippian mound culture
lots of wetlands on State property and I bet the local Department of Natural Resources and State Parks folk can get you access you might not normally find.

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

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04-23-2016 12:41 AM
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04-22-2016 9:55 PM


Here is a bad photograph of one.

The standard for bug pictures has been set so high that it is necessary to apologize for every post. All the fault of Tanypteryx of course.


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Message 8 of 69 (782413)
04-23-2016 6:48 AM
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04-22-2016 8:54 PM


Tanypteryx writes:

I just ordered a new rock hammer since mine seems to have disappeared last year in Pennsylvania.

I believe a dragonfly took your rock hammer, here it is grasping it by the end of the handle:

They're on to you - be careful!

--Percy

Edited by Percy, : Typo.


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Tanypteryx
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Message 9 of 69 (782441)
04-23-2016 10:51 AM
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04-23-2016 6:48 AM


I believe a dragonfly took your rock hammer, here it is grasping it by the end of the handle:

They are mean that way, they land on my net handle, too. How the heck can you net them if they're hanging onto the handle?

But, we call one of my friends "the dragonfly whisperer." He has the uncanny knack of hypnotizing them by pointing his finger at them and moving it in a circle as he gets closer and closer. Eventually, they will often crawl onto his finger.

And they never steal his stuff.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

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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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Tanypteryx
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Message 10 of 69 (784157)
05-13-2016 1:13 AM


3 Days and counting
My plan is to leave home Sunday and end up in Nashville, TN on May 26. This trip will be a lot different from the ones I made the last few years, mainly because my wife has decided to come along. It will be like old times with a couple of old timers. She will fly from Nashville to Des Moines to visit my sister and I will meet her there after our backwoods search for what is being called The Sasquatch Dragonfly..

I hope to get some interesting photos of new (to me) geological outcroppings and I always hope for opportunities to shoot extreme weather.

One place I am looking forward to seeing on the way home is Wind River Canyon in Wyoming. I read that the tipped strata is marked by roadside signs denoting the geological ages represented by different layers.

I think we will be on the road for 5-6 weeks so I will probably get behind on my reading here, but I am going to really try to pay attention to getting good shots for illustrations in future discussions of geology and evolution here.


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 11 of 69 (784159)
05-13-2016 7:57 AM
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Re: 3 Days and counting
Tanypteryx writes:

One place I am looking forward to seeing on the way home is Wind River Canyon in Wyoming. I read that the tipped strata is marked by roadside signs denoting the geological ages represented by different layers.

A Google didn't find the tipped strata section, unless you meant mildly tipped, but I did find the signs. Here's one:

--Percy


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Message 12 of 69 (784162)
05-13-2016 9:33 AM
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What is the air speed velocity of a hammer-laden dragonfly?

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Tanypteryx
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Message 13 of 69 (784164)
05-13-2016 9:56 AM
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What is the air speed velocity of a hammer-laden dragonfly?

Their airspeed is quite low, but they can reach very high elevations and drop the hammer with precise accuracy.


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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Tanypteryx
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Message 14 of 69 (784165)
05-13-2016 10:05 AM
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05-13-2016 7:57 AM


Re: 3 Days and counting
A Google didn't find the tipped strata section, unless you meant mildly tipped,

Hmmmm. I read about it in my Planet of the Bugs book. Maybe I need to do more research.


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 15 of 69 (784166)
05-13-2016 10:10 AM
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Re: 3 Days and counting
Tanypteryx writes:

Hmmmm. I read about it in my Planet of the Bugs book. Maybe I need to do more research.

Sorry, didn't mean to make not seeing more than mildly tipped strata on Google sound conclusive. Google Street View is neat but not the best way to find something.

--Percy


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