in regards to a couple of comments, speaking as someone who benefits from identification suggestions
I absolutely am chasing that RG observation! :-)
But, I also highly value suggestions for higher taxon with a comment that says:
–photo doesn’t show X (so that next time, I try to get X)
–one can’t tell from any photo what lower taxon it might be
I monitor the RG species I’m getting (this motivates me to find new types of life specimens to observe - there are only so many Northern Cardinals one can count in one’s lifetime - if one lives in Minnesota, anyhow).
But I’m also keeping private lists of things and “Longlegged Sac Spider xx” counts for something in my private list. I know I can’t get to species level and I don’t mind. And I’m leaning to recognize broader groups of wildflowers like asters and mustard even if my photo doesn’t let me get to species within that group.
Also, every comment on one of my observations that helps me take a better photo next time is much appreciated. I now try to get underside of leaves, stem attachments, full shots of plants, etc. I’m just now understanding that there are basal leaves and stem leaves. It all helps me grow. And if I can’t identify that emerging plant or over-wintered seed head from a photo, then I’m motivated to catch it will it’s blooming.
Not everyone has the time or interest to comment on some of those ‘so-so’ photos and I know (from identifying over the winter) that there’s a good chance some people (who have posted an observation) will never read the comment nor act upon it.
But please know that I do. And I’m betting others do as well. I have felt so grateful to the good handful of people who are identifying - esp with details in the comments - my observations this spring. Don’t ever dismiss the value of the work you all do. Even if it doesn’t result in a RG observation. :-)