Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by cherper » November 26th, 2011, 5:36 pm

Marisa,

Great photos as usual! It was fun to get out and herp with you this year and I hope you get back out this way soon! Happy Holidays!

Cary

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by Tim Borski » November 26th, 2011, 6:52 pm

Very nice, Marisa. You captured some of the Ocala habitat perfectly! Kudus.

Out of curiosity, (there's a slew of other exceptional pics here) what makes the last Copper pic stand above all others to you?

It was good seein' you two again.
Tim

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by Warren » November 26th, 2011, 7:57 pm

Really great post. :D
Great layout too! Opened with a pretty face, lots of great animal pics, interesting wildlife behaviour, not too much writing, etc. :thumb:
Loved the mayflies, calf, mussel, etc. Way to set the scene with the cactus shoe pics and others.
I see a streak of artistry that is often lacking on this "field guide" forum.
Glad you broke the bet again.

Warren

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by -EJ » November 27th, 2011, 3:29 am

Stellar photography and account... as usual.

On the gopher tortoises... where they that common and what time of year was that? Did you see any indigos in the same area?

The Sand Hill Cranes... Driving to work the other day I saw a flock of 75 to 100 flying in a huge formation south... I'm in the Atlanta area. There was no camera and I was driving 80 on hwy 20.

Nice effort on the post... shame about the indigo.

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by HerperChance » November 28th, 2011, 2:18 pm

In reference to the value of these posts with localities, etc. . . I believe it's the book of Proverbs that says "As iron sharpens iron, so one man (herper, in this case) sharpens another." The point is, humans are a communal species, and there's not a single dang herper on here who would be as good at herping as they are now were it not for help/locales/friendship/etc. from other herpers.


If it weren't for this forum and all of you wonderful people who post on here and share your knowledge I would still be dull as a butter knife! So thank you herp community! :) and Awesome post Marisa, sorry about the indigo!

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by Dan Krull » December 2nd, 2011, 9:11 pm

Thanks for not posting any pics of me passed out from hiking. :) Great seeing/herping/ with you...

Let's do that again some time. :)

Your post was most inspiring.

Dan

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by Bill Love » December 3rd, 2011, 1:11 am

WOW - that was a GREAT post!!! Very expansive in covering the gamut of species you encountered in Georgia where I've enjoyed herping many times. I love posts like this where I can sit back after a long perusal and recall my favorite shots, in this case a bunch of them! I especially liked one or more shots of the Florida pine, eastern diamondback, a couple of the 'some Nerodia' (hey - you even got a taxispilota in there!), the pigmies, cave salamander, and copperheads. You had plenty of nice images, but those stuck with me best. I really like the way you covered many from different angles too, yet heavy on my favorite - the low angle viewpoint.

I've been very preoccupied the last few months and haven't had much time to peruse this forum. It's posts like this that remind me to check in more often. It's also attitudes like the whiner's, apparently forever to be present here in some form, that have resulted in several friends of mine staying away from FHF permanently. And that is a loss for us all. I suppose it's the duty of the majority to voice our displeasure so new people can see that he / she does NOT represent the predominant opinion here.

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Post by Kelly Mc » December 3rd, 2011, 5:02 am

They were all beautiful , the baby tortoise in a dandelions eye view being my favorite this time around , but next time I come to see it will be another ( :

A very old and tiny southern lady once said when giving a complement share it in a basket "without fray. ."

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Post by MichaelCravens » December 3rd, 2011, 9:53 am

Marisa,

I'm sorry I failed to comment on this post earlier. Just Amazing!

Michael Cravens

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Post by DIAMONDBACK DAVE » December 3rd, 2011, 3:17 pm

Yeah...this post is DBD approved.............and beyond.

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by DaneConley » December 3rd, 2011, 4:35 pm

This post is absolutely fantastic. It was epic and was worth the time reading everything.
I love the Hoggie photos and the photo of the adult cottonmouth gapeing is pure awesomeness.
You basically found half the herp species in the US.

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by moloch » December 3rd, 2011, 4:40 pm

Excellent post, Marisa. Loved the shot of those little softshells on the log.
... great photo!

Your butterfly photos are really nice. The Gulf Fritillaries are certainly a beautiful species.
ugh wrote:Beautiful stuff.That being said-you sure your employer's cool with you bringing so much attention to it all- postin this stuff here,and making mention of their project's locales-let alone doing so specifically?Incredible.
Ugh, I had never heard of this place so I just googled it and found many links. My impression is that they would be happy for the attention. They have their own Facebook account, their project appears on university sites, wildlife sites, etc.. They certainly are not secretive about they are trying to achieve. Even the name of the preserve states what it is all about. I imagine that the view would be that attention is good since the public may understand the preserve's importance and therefore be willing to continue with funding.


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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by -EJ » December 4th, 2011, 3:18 am

I actually contacted them to see if their property was open to the public... it is not... but... they do on occassion allow access by appointment and the staff of the organization is unbleievably courteous but very understaffed as most nonprofit organizations. After talking to the staff I got the impression they want the attention for all the work they do. That's what brings in the dollars I guess. I also got the impression that there are full time staff on all the properties.

I'm hoping to visit there in the next few weeks.
moloch wrote:Excellent post, Marisa. Loved the shot of those little softshells on the log.
... great photo!

Your butterfly photos are really nice. The Gulf Fritillaries are certainly a beautiful species.
ugh wrote:Beautiful stuff.That being said-you sure your employer's cool with you bringing so much attention to it all- postin this stuff here,and making mention of their project's locales-let alone doing so specifically?Incredible.
Ugh, I had never heard of this place so I just googled it and found many links. My impression is that they would be happy for the attention. They have their own Facebook account, their project appears on university sites, wildlife sites, etc.. They certainly are not secretive about they are trying to achieve. Even the name of the preserve states what it is all about. I imagine that the view would be that attention is good since the public may understand the preserve's importance and therefore be willing to continue with funding.


Regards,
David

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by mikemike » December 4th, 2011, 5:49 pm

Awesome post Marisa. Great shots as well!

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by Marty Whalin » January 20th, 2012, 12:33 pm

MVH! MVH!

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by crocdoc » January 20th, 2012, 3:41 pm

Excellent post, Marissa.

I have also learned something new - I had no idea about the parasitic larvae of freshwater mussels, nor about the mimicry used to bring the fish over. After doing a quick search around the 'net, some of that mimicry is amazing.

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Post by JakeScott » January 20th, 2012, 8:04 pm

Fantabulous! Took some time and effort to put this together, so I felt greedy not writing something....fantabulous, though not a real word, is still a writing.
Good to see you down here, best of luck in Cali.

-Jake

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Post by TeeJay » January 22nd, 2012, 8:59 am

Like! :thumb:

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Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Post by jblanken » March 21st, 2012, 5:05 am

Amazing photos, the turtle with sand tracks behind him is definitely my favorite. Keep it up Marisa!

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