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by MonarchzMan
June 29th, 2015, 1:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68548

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

Another example are all of the anole species running around. If we turn back the clock far enough, there was at one point just green anoles, but now there are brown ones, large-headed ones, Hispaniolan green anoles, crested anoles, bark anoles, giant anoles, knight anoles, etc. But, it seems like t...
by MonarchzMan
June 29th, 2015, 4:26 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68548

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

Maybe it is the "Leave No Trace" mentality that I grew up with, but my view of invasives and population management basically falls under that. I think that humans have a moral responsibility to fix errors they've made. Yes, we're natural, but that doesn't mean everything we do should be okay. By tha...
by MonarchzMan
June 21st, 2015, 2:52 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68548

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

You suggest that I .. "Calm down.." and "stop it.." and that I'm .. "All amped up.." Do you have a telepathic link to my pulse rate or something? Or are you simply revealing some transparencies of your own in assumptions about my nature? And why would that be I wonder? I'm actually in quite a seren...
by MonarchzMan
June 20th, 2015, 11:00 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68548

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

You've chatted, huh? So you have analyzed the whole organization as activists out to "con money out of people" I know four individuals active in STFs. Yes, only Four. One is a herpetologist whom Im on an acquaintance level. The other a dendro hobbyest whom has bred some of the rarest forms. The oth...
by MonarchzMan
June 20th, 2015, 2:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68548

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

Having had some experience "chatting" with Kerry, I can tell you that he and STF are animal rights activists that use emotion over logic (STF is on a crusade to end dissections, for example, which are invaluable for understanding vertebrate anatomy). I am all for saving amphibians, but STF, IMO, is ...
by MonarchzMan
May 21st, 2015, 8:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 12756

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

Good idea, i have a question for you guys. As i live and travel mostly in the tropics, im on my third body and fifth lens due to fungus.... i try to stay clean, but thats not really possible most times, especially when in swamps and/or rain. any suggestions for things like this? so far i just carry...
by MonarchzMan
May 20th, 2015, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 12756

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

1. Where do you herp? Do you herp solely in one area, do you herp a large region, nationally, internationally, etc? Is there a particular habitat you prefer or species? Lately, I herp around northern Mississippi, but I've been trying to do a few big trips (Appalachians and, hopefully soon, the Ozar...
by MonarchzMan
April 30th, 2015, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Far-north Queensland, Australia
Replies: 13
Views: 5982

Re: Far-north Queensland, Australia

I need to see more posts like this. I'm going to be visiting Australia June-August to work on Pseudophryne (down in the Newcastle area), but I will be making my way up to Cairns for a couple weeks for a conference in August. I'm hoping to get some opportunity to get out and herp up there. This is to...
by MonarchzMan
April 24th, 2015, 5:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!
Replies: 21
Views: 9416

Re: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!

I have a Gitzo Explorer and absolutely love it. It's carbon fiber and has a center column that can be angled any which way. I have found this very useful for a variety of angles that other tripods simply cannot get. It's not cheap, but definitely worth the money.
by MonarchzMan
April 20th, 2015, 11:55 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Show your flash setup
Replies: 9
Views: 4786

Re: Show your flash setup

I generally, if I want to be quick, will use basically the set up that Kurt uses, although I am trying more and more to get the flash off of the camera and/or away from the lens. I'll see about getting a photo of the set up I used to take the tree frog photo. It's probably more involved than I would...
by MonarchzMan
April 19th, 2015, 7:06 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Show your flash setup
Replies: 9
Views: 4786

Re: Show your flash setup

I've been working on my flash set up to get some more creativity with my shots. I've been shooting with a couple of Canon 430EX IIs and a Canon MT-EX24 which are solid, but I've been working on upgrading my diffusers. I've been using a pair of Westcott Pocket Box 8 x 12 diffusers which work okay, bu...
by MonarchzMan
February 23rd, 2015, 10:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Southeast Australian Coast?
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Re: Herping the Southeast Australian Coast?

I'm hoping it won't be a bust going that time of year. It seems like it's not the most ideal for herping. I'd be happy to go frogging, as long as I can add some species to my list!
by MonarchzMan
February 15th, 2015, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Southeast Australian Coast?
Replies: 2
Views: 1370

Herping the Southeast Australian Coast?

It looks as though I got a fellowship to go to Australia June-August to do some research on frogs there. I realize that this is not the best of times to be going looking for herps, but I'm hoping that I can find some while there. I'll be in the Newcastle area and probably make my way down to the NSW...
by MonarchzMan
January 17th, 2015, 12:33 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Shooting on a white background.....
Replies: 1
Views: 2286

Re: Shooting on a white background.....

I think they have their uses. I've been involved with MYN for a while now. For one, for herps, it's easy to lose the subject in the photo depending on how busy the background is. In some cases, this can be nice because it gives a realistic interpretation of the animal in the wild. But I've seen it d...
by MonarchzMan
December 3rd, 2014, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

MonarchzMan - Amazing post! Inspirational and spirited on so many levels. I have not been on this site in almost a year, and this is exceptional beyond anything I have ever seen on FHF. I will be back for seconds and thirds on this one. Dave Thanks! It's been a fun year (especially getting into ide...
by MonarchzMan
November 24th, 2014, 4:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

Fieldnotes wrote:Great Pictures, its too bad that dont make more accurate range maps cause those are way off. So Off, that they are not worth adding to your outstanding pictures.
They give a general impression, but yes, I may create maps myself with more recent data.
by MonarchzMan
November 23rd, 2014, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

Thanks for the compliments! I'm hoping I can make good progress next year. I figure if I can get to 75 species by this time next year, I'll be doing really well.
by MonarchzMan
November 18th, 2014, 8:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

It may be interesting to note that many of the species already covered are possible or probable composites of cryptic species [ Desmognathus marmoratus, D.ocoee, D.quadramaculatus, D.conanti, Aneides aeneus, Eurycea spp ., etc], as are a number of those yet-to-be-recorded. Yea, I know. Those and th...
by MonarchzMan
November 18th, 2014, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

I must say I really actually enjoyed the white backgrounds that displayed the species range maps. This has really opened my eyes to what salamanders I have yet to see in Northwest Florida and has inspired me to get the heck out there this winter and really scope out some areas more closely on Eglin...
by MonarchzMan
November 17th, 2014, 2:48 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?
Replies: 31
Views: 16596

Re: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?

I wrote my response fast. What you suggest would also be acceptable, although much more difficult to execute. Oh, I definitely agree. I think, realistically, think it has the best chance of actually limiting the spread of the disease, but it would, also realistically, be difficult to execute (and w...
by MonarchzMan
November 17th, 2014, 9:54 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?
Replies: 31
Views: 16596

Re: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?

If you really dont want to see our populations decimated by this new disease you will support importation bans on animals that could be infected (ie. salamanders from Europe and Asia). IMO, this is a bad or worse policy to take. I don't think bans would be good because it would force the market und...
by MonarchzMan
November 17th, 2014, 8:58 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?
Replies: 31
Views: 16596

Re: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?

My $0.02 and take it for what you will, but a hands off policy isn't really going to do much in the way of stopping the movement of chytrid, if that is the purpose of the hands-off policy. Chytrid can be transported on any gear one takes into the field, so while you may not directly transfer chytrid...
by MonarchzMan
November 17th, 2014, 8:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

You should come and explore - it's a wonderful place to visit (and to live). I worked closely with a guy back in the early '80s who was a weekend pot hunter and he used to talk about finding salamanders in quite a few of the small caves where he was looking for artifacts. He was an all-round natura...
by MonarchzMan
November 17th, 2014, 6:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

I can't believe the range restrictions on some of these. It really shows the value of Appalachia. This is a neat project. I wish you the best of luck. Whenever I get to spend more time on the West Coast, you'll see that it's just as impressive. Then there's the odd Eurycea radiation in and around A...
by MonarchzMan
November 15th, 2014, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

\cbernz, I don't think it's D. ocoee. It was found just south of Johnson City, TN, which would be out of the range of D. ocoee, as best as I can tell. That would make it carolinensis or orestes, depending on where you are. I'm not certain where the divide is, or whether there is any overlap. Desmog...
by MonarchzMan
November 15th, 2014, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

http://i1376.photobucket.com/albums/ah40/JPLarry/Desmognathusfuscus_zpsbe18bb7d.jpg This looks to be a young quadramaculatus. The two rows of white spots along the sides are indicative. The belly is just beginning to develop the black coloration. And I agree that your pygmy is probably an ochrophae...
by MonarchzMan
November 15th, 2014, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

As opposed to a coffee table book (which of course is up to you, and I'd still buy it), how about a good-sized book that mostly chronicles in detail your major searches and successes (and possible failures: Eurycea robusta , perhaps) and has color plates of each US species in the center. Throughout...
by MonarchzMan
November 15th, 2014, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

I'd love to make some sort of book at the end of the project. I haven't quite thought that far ahead, but I think this sort of style would lend itself well to a coffee table type of book. Chrish, I've thought about cross polarization in the past, and it might be worth looking into, not only for the ...
by MonarchzMan
November 14th, 2014, 10:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 16616

My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

I decided at the beginning of the year that I wanted to go with a Year of the Salamander photo project to photograph salamanders in the Meet Your Neighbours style (read: on white). I know some don't like this particular style of photography, but I think it's useful to highlight the animal, which for...
by MonarchzMan
November 9th, 2014, 6:31 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: County Record Database?
Replies: 2
Views: 3308

County Record Database?

I'm not sure if this is the correct spot, but if it isn't I apologize. I would like to entertain the idea of making range maps base on county records for salamanders (which may extend to herps in general). I figure it would be easy enough to create such a map on ArcGIS, but I'm not sure where I can ...
by MonarchzMan
September 22nd, 2014, 8:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Suggestions for spots to herp
Replies: 5
Views: 1957

Re: Suggestions for spots to herp

Fantastic, thanks! I guess I'm still adjusting to the idea that, unlike MS (or most other states), Texas is a bit bigger and things aren't a relatively short drive away. What about seeing the Eurycea in/around the Austin area? I know a number of them are protected, so it is the sort of thing where I...
by MonarchzMan
September 20th, 2014, 3:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Suggestions for spots to herp
Replies: 5
Views: 1957

Re: Suggestions for spots to herp

Google Maps has be going via I-20 from Jackson to Tyler.
by MonarchzMan
September 19th, 2014, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Suggestions for spots to herp
Replies: 5
Views: 1957

Suggestions for spots to herp

I'm going to be driving from Mississippi to Austin mid next month for a wedding, and I am toying with going a little early and seeing what I can find along the way. I don't really care what I see as long as I see stuff (well, I really would like to find a horned lizard and any of the rattlesnakes wo...
by MonarchzMan
September 7th, 2014, 3:58 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 8936

Re: Canon VS. Nikon Debate

Guilty as charged on one count, my comment about the MP-E was hyperbolic. It isn't useless, it just isn't a lens that 95% of Canon users would never consider buying....nor Nikon users for that matter. I guarantee Canon sell a lot more 400mm lenses than they do MP-Es. I'm actually not so sure about ...
by MonarchzMan
September 7th, 2014, 7:23 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 8936

Re: Canon VS. Nikon Debate

The useless comment was in reference to chrish's comment about the MP-E being a useless lens. I would alter his comment to Canon has a wider variety of specialized lenses, which for people who are wildlife photographers or wedding photographers or landscape photographers can be great intrigue. I swi...
by MonarchzMan
September 7th, 2014, 7:00 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 8936

Re: Canon VS. Nikon Debate

That sounds like a criticism from a Nikon user ;) I wouldn't call the MP-E useless. I love mine. The clarity of photos of subjects that I could not normally shoot is fantastic. I've heard a number of Nikon users lament not having an option like that. Totally not useless. You'll have to admit this i...
by MonarchzMan
September 7th, 2014, 6:13 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 8936

Re: Canon VS. Nikon Debate

That sounds like a criticism from a Nikon user ;)

I wouldn't call the MP-E useless. I love mine. The clarity of photos of subjects that I could not normally shoot is fantastic. I've heard a number of Nikon users lament not having an option like that. Totally not useless.
by MonarchzMan
September 4th, 2014, 8:36 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Getting started with flash photography
Replies: 4
Views: 3395

Re: Getting started with flash photography

I'll generally shoot with MT-24EX twin flash for most of my macro work with a homemade diffuser (same as what Alex Wild uses for his invert photos). Otherwise, I'll use the 430EX flash with a softbox diffuser. Both work quite well in the tropics, in my experience. If I use the 430EX, I'll have it re...
by MonarchzMan
September 4th, 2014, 8:30 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: General Macro Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 4754

Re: General Macro Questions

I typically shoot in manual mode. For flash photography, I'll general shoot around f11 or f13 at 1/250 second and ISO at 100. I may shift that around to get the right lighting, but usually my first step is to adjust the exposure on the flash (which you should be able to do with the 60D, I would thin...
by MonarchzMan
September 4th, 2014, 8:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mississippi Herpers?
Replies: 1
Views: 941

Re: Mississippi Herpers?

I've found Sternotherus and Kinosternon minor up in northern MS (minnow trap overnight with a piece of fish skin, and I had half a dozen turtles in the trap). I'd like to get down to southern MS to look for some Diamondbacks (both of the snake and the turtle varieties).
by MonarchzMan
August 4th, 2014, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 19985

Re: Head torches

Andrew Kathriner wrote:No other zebra light users on here?
Check em out!
http://www.zebralight.com/
I'm a Zebralight user! I'm surprised there aren't more here. Absolutely love mine (the H600). Battery lasts forever. Incredibly bright. Incredibly light(weight). Highly recommended.
by MonarchzMan
May 28th, 2014, 6:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How were your Ambystoma this year? plus belly patterns
Replies: 14
Views: 2288

Re: How were your Ambystoma this year? plus belly patterns

I spent last week going through the southern Appalachians, and while I don't have long-term data on the salamanders there, I did notice finding Plethodons was very hit and miss. In some areas, I could find salamanders under every third log, and in others I could flip for hours and not come up with a...
by MonarchzMan
May 22nd, 2014, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: tree frog I.D. help Agua Buena, Panama
Replies: 2
Views: 579

Re: tree frog I.D. help Agua Buena, Panama

Do you have any side shots or head shots? It strikes me as a Smilsca species, personally.
by MonarchzMan
May 14th, 2014, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains - Good places to herp?
Replies: 3
Views: 1009

Re: Visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains - Good places to herp?

I'm going to be going up the Appalachians over the next week. I'm mainly going to be stationed in Tellico Plains, Erwin, and Whitetop, and hitting places along the way. I feel like I'll be in the range of the greatest variety of species in those areas.
by MonarchzMan
April 13th, 2014, 8:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NAFHA Spring trip: ANF!
Replies: 132
Views: 20951

Re: 2014 NAFHA Spring trip: ANF!

I should mention that by "collecting" this means that we'll be bringing some specimens back to camp for photographs then releasing back where they were found (i.e. "detaining")- as with all NAFHA events, this is a "no collecting" event. Just for clarification, it is okay to capture an animal, bring...
by MonarchzMan
April 13th, 2014, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NAFHA Spring trip: ANF!
Replies: 132
Views: 20951

Re: 2014 NAFHA Spring trip: ANF!

I'm 95% sure I'm going to go. I'm currently deciding if it's worth ducking out of the E.O. Wilson symposium thursday afternoon and getting there in the evening on thursday or coming down sometime friday.
by MonarchzMan
April 8th, 2014, 3:29 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tips for night photography?
Replies: 9
Views: 3939

Re: Tips for night photography?

Diffusers will help greatly. You won't completely get rid of hotspots, but they won't be as large as a direct flash.
by MonarchzMan
March 22nd, 2014, 9:57 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124634

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

No offense, but I can see that you guys haven't actually done much research in this area. Population doesn't decrease until people die. There are far more people under the age of 18 than over the age of 50 in the world. Population doesn't have just because one generation has only 1 kid - it complet...
by MonarchzMan
March 22nd, 2014, 6:54 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124634

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

We need significant population decline , which brings me back to the 1-child policy. IN THEORY if a 1 child policy was introduced worldwide and strictly adhered to it would be effective immediately, and have population back down to sustainable levels within a few generations. Its never going to hap...
by MonarchzMan
March 21st, 2014, 1:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124634

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Wow, this thread has been really enlightening - I thought everyone in the science/amateur-science community "believed in" anthropomorphic, accelerated climate change! Whenever there are billions of dollars behind promoting any idea I am skeptical in believing the facts. Many people are making bank ...