da Al, a blogger just like myself, asked if I would write an article that wold be acceptable for a ‘Guest Post’ on her blog, well if your reading this, I made the grade, and truly words can not express how much of an honour it is for me. I offer her my most sincere thanks for this opportunity, thank you da Al, and now I’d better get on.
A Little About Me
Sticking to the little bit, as anything larger would constitute an autobiography and if my memory serves me well they cost. So going back to when digital cameras became available to me, (some time in 2006), which meant I could take my interest in photographing wildlife into the realms of the affordable. Back in the anolog days spending £50+ for a few hours enjoyment, and then the worry as to how many shots made the grade had me limiting myself until, yes digital. A couple shots out of the many 10’s of thousands, digital cameras allow. The first is of ‘Orange peel fungi’, the second, although a captive bred specimen is found in the wild in Lake Malawi, East Africa. It is of a cichlid, namely, Melanochromis auratus, one of the many cichlid species found in the lake.
Moving on to 2007, this was quite an eventful year. Cutting a short “About Me” even shorter, I made my first big insect find during this year, which got me a mention in the British Entomological Journal. The bug, a tiny little leafhopper was first discovered back in 2001 by a professor from the university of Sussex , my find, the second in the UK, wasn’t until the year I’m on now and some 200+ miles further north in my back yard, literally, in the City of Lincoln . Well pleased I was, oh, its name, Zyginella pulchra. The third photo depicts the male Z. pulchra, showing the distinctive red v formed by the closed wings, the female is basically monotone from pale green to yellow.
A big jump to 2010, this was my biggest year in the field of entomology. I discovered a first for the UK, and the start of my disillusionment with the professionals involved with natural history. The species involved this time is Conostethus venustus, and as my claim, was not accepted even to this day, and I hasten to add it was originally authenticated by the county recorder, has not been resolve. I’ll end this one with an image and a link to my page on flickr where Tim Ransom, himself a professional entomologist, gave me the link to another claim a year after mine. The image below is that of Conostethus venustus. Note all images bar the first one can be clicked to view them full size.
Moving on to 2014, the year when I first signed up to Word Press. Never used it until 2016, and then it was on a rebound from disassociating myself from the professional naturlists fraternity. My first posts were still concerned with, and for nature. ‘My Gardens Biodiversity‘ blog goes to show just how much I was still involved with the recording side. I still go out with my cameras, and should I find something I cant find on line I will let the appropriate authority know. Getting toward the end of 2016 I found I was being drawn to poetry. Now, I have always been into writing poems, for the lads to their girlfriends, whilst in the army, and being some what of a romantic, for my beloved. ‘Micks Blog‘, is where I started to really let go, and used it in away I have never done before, as in trying to inspire folk to get more involved with caring for wildlife. More than that, I thought would be a bit OTT. However finding myself on line more often than my normal 8 hours, I was becoming more and more aware that climate warming was for real. And the main cause was due to all manner of human pollutant’s, from deforestation*, the destruction of sensitive habitats, the use of fossil fuels, which in turn pollute the atmosphere, and the oceans. You will find all my feelings on the topic of pollution, climate warming, along with my romantic side in my poetry on my blog, ‘Mick E Talbots Poems‘.
Other folks blogs that inspire me, and there are many, to name some I must, yassy66, a genus of a poet, a definite must read. Whispering Whippets, Xenia a mistress of Japanese poetry, and her amazing photos of her two whippets Pearl and Eivor. Her photography is amazing and her haiku visionary. My hosts blog Happiness Between Tails, the truth her video on Happy Persian New Year! a Toastmasters Speech, is as far as I got but I am working on it. If I haven’t named your blog, and I found inspiration in it, you know who you are, and I thank you, and long may you continue with your inspirational work.
* Deforestation, pollution of the oceans and the burning of fossil fuels are the main human contributing factors that are affecting the worlds climate. The production of CO2 by industries is now recognised as a major contribution, domestic production of the gas is also adding heavily to its depth and therefore needs to be considered. Deforestation, unless totally forbidden, is hastening the end of the world as we know it. Forests remove CO2 and produce life sustaining oxygen, as does all flora, the oceans also are a major producer of the gas we breath. How long do government think they can go on supporting businesses that are ether in denial or have no understanding, or even no wish too help in the control of global warming. If the scientists are correct we have less than a thousand years to put nature back on its feet. A study has highlighted the risk posed by projected climate change on the world’s ability to grow enough food. A US team of researchers found that forecasted shifts in climate by 2070 would occur too quickly for species of grass to adapt to the new conditions. For governments to think that global warming is a conspiracy is scary, and to think one of those is that of the United States of America is a nightmare.
© Mick E Talbot 2017/66