Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Natural History of Orange County Pictures

For a long time, I have used the Natural History of Orange County website for identifications. For most species, it is amazing. However, for fish it is somewhat disappointing. So, the other day I sent the person who organizes it a few of my iNaturalist submissions of common species not on the site.

Within a day, they were on the site.

Unfortunately, none of these were particularly great pictures. Still, photos I took are now posted for the Rock Wrasse, Kelp Perch, Black Surfperch, Halfmoon, Striped Kelpfish, Senorita,  and Blacksmith

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Heisler Park with 40 Foot Visibility

Managed to get as close to ideal conditions as I am likely to see in Laguna. Didn't see much out of the ordinary but since I now have some experience with the GoPro I was able to get some of the best pictures yet.

Kelp Bass

Sand Bass

Green Abalone

Giant Kelp


And a video:

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Past 5,000 Creatures

This cliff aster was my 5,000th iNaturalist submission:

Surprisingly, even with that high number almost all of which were in 2015 I am not even going to make top ten for most submissions.

Everyone uses Google Maps.

I have never seen an art form where it is so easy to get an audience than google street view. So far I have submitted a total of 14 photo spheres. All have been submitted in the past five weeks and most are of hiking trails. From those 14 photospheres, I have got over 29,000 views!

It is surprisingly spotty, one has 15,000 views, another 5,000 views, while the rest are nowhere near those numbers. Google must advertise good ones in some form.