whew! I wonder if it does happen though
When you work at an eco-lodge and have this conversation during every check-in:
Guests: Umm…are there any…snakes here?
Me: Yea, but they’re pretty shy.
Guests: Oh, good-
Me: You have to be REALLY lucky to see one.
Me: But if you do see any, call me immediately…
Guest: Oh, so you’ll ki-
Me: …because I need to photograph it.
(And then you have to remember to be hospitable and nice when they inevitably do see a snake and don’t tell you until hours later.)
Following that up- when you find a spitting cobra in your toilet and have to beg the maintenance man NOT to remove it because you aren’t done observing it.
When you are preparing to move halfway across the country, ending a major stage of your life, and tying up a huge to-do list before leaving a very demanding job…but your main concern is that you won’t see all your target species before you leave.
And then… when people want to use your phone to take goodbye photos, you tell them they can’t because the memory is already full. You don’t mention it is full of 200 blurry photos of a pseudoscorpion you haven’t had a chance to sort through yet
When you want to cry thinking about all the ecologically-rich and under-observed places you visited before discovering iNat.
That iNat b&b rental would be a goldmine!
One adult, two nights, continental breakfast and extra bathroom snakes.
… when you run out of photo storage on your phone for the third time in one day!
… when you’re on a walk with friends and you see something and say, “I might as well iNat that while I’m here.”
… when you cancel Friday night plans just so you can find a Miller’s Myotis!
… when you ask your friend what bug we should find today.
… when I interrupt a conservation by naming the species and then proceed to document it.
… When you tell people “I just cleared 10,000 observations on iNat”, and people think you must be crazy!
You’re mad at yourself because you cooked the crabs before realizing they had Octolasmis barnacles on their gills that you hadn’t photographed
When your highlight of the year is reaching 1,000 Life List species.
… you’re at a mycological foray and have to continually remind yourself not to look at the ferns — stay focused on the fungi! — because your iNat backlog is too long and there’s limited time in life, but then you give in to the dark side and take photos of the ferns anyway
Seriously! I walk right by birds now looking for bugs!
Me too…I also let galls, “pests” and any weird things thrive at the peril of my garden aesthetic (by other people’s standards perhaps). But now if you asked me what’s new I’d describe myself as someone who’s getting really “into leafmines,” so that’s serious.
I think I have just attained “Proud of my backyard biodiversity” level… far removed from my starting level of “embarrased of the lawn being a week overdue for a mow”.
Cool, me too! I was running out of species to document in my small urban backyard garden (560 species so far), so this summer I started to look for leaf mines and cultivate them to see what hatches. Well, except for one leaf, all that hatched were tiny parasitoid wasps - but nevertheless something new to observe :)
I just wish I had local friends who’d be interested in that! All I get are very odd looks, or “ewww…”
… you browse through the photos on your smartphone and maybe only one in 100 is of a Homo sapiens.
For me try 1 in like 20,000
Wait, you guys have photos of people?
I have lots of photos of Homo sapiens hands!
My wife jokes I should be paying her to be a hand model when holding some critter for pics.