As I writer, I am constantly about making observations about the world around me. I usually take my camera with me when I go out to “observe.” You never known when that odd looking building or interesting looking person may end up in a bit of writing. The camera provides those necessary field notes.
This past weekend I signed up for a special project at my local natural history museum. They want to use patrons of the museum as amateur naturalists to map out the fauna and flora of the region. To do this, I signed up with iNaturalist, an online tool to facilitate the gathering of natural observations from all over the world. Click the logo to see:
On Sunday morning, I was surprised to find two common raccoons right outside my door. Unfortunately, I was not in a position to photograph them. Nevertheless, I made my observation on iNaturalist. The next day, I did have my camera in hand when I snapped these shots:
The cool thing about iNaturalist is that you do not need to know the type of animal or bird you observed. Just ask for help and someone will come along to identify the creature for you. This is how I discovered the identity of the Great Blue Heron and the Black Crowned Night Heron above.
I was also graced with seeing a pod of dolphin that morning as well. I did upload this picture but it is not clear enough for anyone to identify the species yet.
LJG (c) 2013