What's the worst pic you uploaded to iNat?

definitely! we do see them around here sometimes, as i’m close to plenty of waterways, but usually if we see them it’s pretty close to the water. i’m guessing this scenario was because of a storm that occurred prior.

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Did that porcupine have coffee X-D

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I’ve got a lot of bad photos (she says proudly :joy: ). But this one is very bad:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/137877689

I thought the butterfly was odd for the area, but I couldn’t get a clear pic.

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New submission https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/168443104 Do you even see a wasp in that blur?

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You have set a high bar for bad.

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I’m surprised there’s not more observations that look similar. I’ve seen many wasps with that color red that flee just as I get close enough. It’s comical at times because I’ve only managed to get decent pictures a handful of times. And they aren’t even that decent.

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Wasps are the most frustrating because they’re so cool but are so difficult to photograph. Quite vexing.

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Either moth sheets https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/168781154 or dead are the easiest options https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/242390987

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Case in point, this beautiful cuckoo wasp. :crying_cat_face:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/170145657

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https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/123032932

Squiggles AKA sand lance.

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New bad photo I took last Sunday.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/172057420

RG :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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I once posted a blurry, low-res cropped photo of a dragonfly taken from ~100ft away, but I was amazed to find that a local expert was able to identify it to the species level based on color, size, and range: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/30845487

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I told my husband that this would hit research grade almost immediately and he didn’t believe me.

Jokes on him https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/173626484 (though it doesn’t hurt that our only non-vagrant hummingbird is the Ruby-throated)

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New contender! https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/173708111

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I think I saw this guy in a 60’s movie starring Raquel Welch.

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I’m thinking of all the new species (for me) I could add to my iNat life list if I could just get past how bad the photos are.

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Well, there’s this white-tailed deer.


Was easy to recognize when it was right next to the car, but by the time I had whipped out my phone…

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In my case, it was the shot that never happened. I was hiking and saw a coral snake right in front of me. I have always wanted to see one and was so stunned to see it that I sat staring and gaping at it for about ten seconds. By the time I pulled myself together and grabbed my camera, it was gone. I have replayed that moment in my mind for two years now.

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I wish we lived in a perfect society full of only well-meaning people where things like camera glasses wouldn’t (rightfully IMO) be seen as a huge threat to privacy. I’d be willing to face ridicule and wear bulky and ugly eyewear if it meant not missing those kinds of shots.

Although given how I mess up simple shots even with good gear, I’m probably better off waiting for us to be able to read data straight off the optic nerve.

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Can’t believe someone managed to ID that:


Birders really have weird superpowers

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