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by dthor68
November 21st, 2013, 3:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Emergence to Fall Ingress 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5151

Re: Spring Emergence to Fall Ingress 2013

Hey Nick, Back in late June my family and I took a trip up to Michigan/Minnesota. My sister and her family live in Gaylord, her husband works on the Army base. I had hoped to find some Massasauga's on the base. While doing research it seemed like whenever I typed in Massasauga/Michigan I got somethi...
by dthor68
November 13th, 2013, 7:26 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Macro Photography Ethics
Replies: 3
Views: 2440

Re: Macro Photography Ethics

Hans, I have wondered about #4. There have been times when I have caught a snake crossing a road at night. I take it home and photograph it during the day and release it where I found it that night. I always try to release it at the same time I collected it, give or take several minutes, in the exac...
by dthor68
November 10th, 2013, 7:11 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tell me I'm not the only one
Replies: 29
Views: 12153

Re: Tell me I'm not the only one

I was wading the Oconoluftee River in the Great Smoky Mountains with my tripod on my shoulder. I rubbed up against some brush along the shore and felt something crawl across my arm. I looked down and there was a 4"-5" Fishing Spider on my chest looking me dead in the eye, with all eight of her eyes....
by dthor68
October 29th, 2013, 6:40 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 222871

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

cbernz wrote: Chris, I totally agree with what you just wrote. You gave an excellent defense of managed take. However, it didn't seem to me like you were saying that it's a universally bad idea to put any collecting restrictions on any species, or that you were defending the idea that protection is...
by dthor68
October 25th, 2013, 7:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year in Review, April-June 2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2870

Re: My Year in Review, April-June 2012

The beetle you found is called a Fiery Searcher. Last year I found hundreds of them in May but had only seen them once before in that same area 7 years prior. I wonder if they have a life cycle like the Cicada? Something I need to look into.

Looks like you had a very good spring.
by dthor68
October 25th, 2013, 7:02 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 222871

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

azatrox wrote: If you're going to present the argument that collecting is bad because it represents a viable threat to herp populations, you'll have to do better than making broad, generalized statements that reflect your opinion rather than verifiable, scientific fact. As yet, I have yet to see an...
by dthor68
October 25th, 2013, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 17277

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

R3dguitarist wrote: To everyone else whom I feel (though you might not have intended to) has come across as belittling or aggressive, I didn't mean to start arguments or create dissension. I simply wanted opinions and to ask about the level of protection leather has to offer. If anything my intenti...
by dthor68
October 25th, 2013, 2:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 17277

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

Gary wrote: It does, indeed, and is being produced by a few different manufacturers. I wore a bug suit extensively while working in Guatemala, as I react badly to DEET and without some kind of protection the mosquitoes might well have bled me dry during the wet season. Buy it oversized (it won't he...
by dthor68
October 24th, 2013, 2:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 17277

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I have never really hunted out west. As a child I lived in Northern AZ. but all we ever found was whipsnakes and gophers. However, I can tell you what I wear hunting the SC lowcountry. I wear jean shorts, tee shirt, tennis shoes, no socks, a bandana to swat the mosquitos away and a couple shots of O...
by dthor68
October 22nd, 2013, 5:15 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 222871

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Verhoodled wrote: I'll take "Cute, but Clueless" for $400, Alex. Richard is not a pro collector, dthor69, by any stretch of any hallucination. As anybody vaguely aware of his work knows. Kindly leave the table so the rest of us can engage in valuable discussion in our BigBoy and BigGirl voices, if l...
by dthor68
October 17th, 2013, 3:50 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 222871

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Richard said, "some individuals likely harbor the notion that recreation collecting or sports take of herps can harm species". Richard, I read it twice and it has done nothing to change the notion I harbor. What really stands out in the story is the word hypothetical. The whole story is hypothetical...
by dthor68
October 9th, 2013, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: some more salamander hunting after school
Replies: 9
Views: 1728

Re: some more salamander hunting after school

Nice finds Garrett. I will never forget the first time I found a Spring Salamander, they are very impressive.
by dthor68
September 30th, 2013, 4:40 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What could I do better?
Replies: 10
Views: 4273

Re: What could I do better?

My favorite is the third one down. However, it is not I focus. Personally, I do not like shots in the grass unless it is at eye level and shot wide open. I guess the most important tip would be to focus on the eye. Also, do what you like and don't worry what others think. If you do not like them tha...
by dthor68
September 30th, 2013, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extension Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)
Replies: 9
Views: 2811

Re: Range extension Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)

You must be going by Conant's Field Guide. In South Carolina I have found Green Treefrogs in every county but three. The range extends all the way to Simpsonville in Greenville Co. They are very common in Laurens, Greenwood and Abbeville Counties all of which are above the fall line. Doing a Field G...
by dthor68
September 18th, 2013, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smallest Flipped Item that Produced
Replies: 26
Views: 6128

Re: Smallest Flipped Item that Produced

In 1994 I flipped a tree stump that had three adult female Cottonmouths. All three were hours from giving birth. The next morning two of the mothers were still there with 11 neonates. Three other neonates were found crawling away. I looked around the area and found 7 more neonates and the other moth...
by dthor68
August 30th, 2013, 5:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC
Replies: 9
Views: 6797

Re: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC

If I shot the streets at night, I would buy this lens in a heartbeat. For what I shoot, anything nature, I would never have a use for it at that focal range (27-52mm). Also, looks like it will have horrible falloff at f/1.8. However, if its anything like the new 35mm lens Sigma has, it should be ver...
by dthor68
August 25th, 2013, 10:47 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What herps do you have problems photographing?
Replies: 22
Views: 8314

Re: What herps do you have problems photographing?

I have never had a problem with salamanders. Is a mater of fact I normally shoot them with rear sync to get more natural light. In dim woods that means 1-3 second exposures and still very sharp. Sometimes small desmognathus will be squirmy. Garters and racers are normally pretty active at first but ...
by dthor68
August 23rd, 2013, 3:04 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What herps do you have problems photographing?
Replies: 22
Views: 8314

What herps do you have problems photographing?

I have photographed quite a few species and have never had issues with a snake that could not sit still until today. I am curious to see if anyone else has had problems shooting a Midland Watersnake. Normally I will just shoot them in there habitat, no problem. Trying to shoot one in a studio has be...
by dthor68
August 23rd, 2013, 2:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Zonie in Michigan (dial-up warning)
Replies: 20
Views: 3137

Re: A Zonie in Michigan (dial-up warning)

Nice! I will second the Michigan Rocks statement. The family and I went to Michigan last June. I did not get to look for any herps. I did find a grey tree frog under a stump at the edge of Lake Superior. Does not seem right to find tree frogs so close to what looks like an ocean. Good God there are ...
by dthor68
August 23rd, 2013, 1:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeling Bark?
Replies: 29
Views: 9080

Re: Peeling Bark?

I think the last time I peeled bark was back in 86 when I was 15. It felt wrong to destroy the home of so many animals. Nice to see everyone being so mature about this, goes a long way in helping out. I am sure in time Dane would figure this out on his own. Dane, another spot you may want to check i...
by dthor68
August 14th, 2013, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some of the Salamanders from 2013
Replies: 18
Views: 3603

Re: Some of the Salamanders from 2013

Hey Jake, great job & great photos. The Marbled is awesome! I do have a question about the Ocoee you found in W. Virginia. How is it that imitates a species only found on a couple of hills in NC. And, being that the jordoni is found north of the shermani, it is doubtful that shermani ever existed no...
by dthor68
August 14th, 2013, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any Herpers Here From South Carolina?
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Any Herpers Here From South Carolina?

I am trying to get photos of every snake found in SC. I am missing a few and would be willing to pay a few bucks for someone to catch theses animals for me. Nothing venomous, threatened or endangered. It would have to be in good shape and caught in SC. I would also need an EXACT location of where th...
by dthor68
August 14th, 2013, 12:07 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?
Replies: 25
Views: 11834

Re: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?

For me its all about making the best of my time and being in the right place at the right time. That takes planning. For planning I use the web and Google Earth. I never go out to shoot snakes or salamanders, that would be a waste of time. Unlike you guys, I never have much luck. I go out with lands...
by dthor68
August 14th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I will be in N. Myrtle Beach, SC between 8-12 and 8-17
Replies: 5
Views: 2753

Re: I will be in N. Myrtle Beach, SC between 8-12 and 8-17

Peter, are you just wanting to get pictures or are you wanting to take animals back to Chicago? There is a possibility that I will be in Charleston area on Saturday. Would that be too far, I think it is about 45 minutes from Myrtle Beach.
by dthor68
June 3rd, 2012, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Canadian spring herping photos
Replies: 9
Views: 3399

Re: Canadian spring herping photos

Cool! Nice finds. I really like the Maritime Garter. I have never hunted up north before. I will get my chance in a week. Taking the family to Maine, Acadia NP. Dont really care if I leave there without seeing any herps as there is plenty of other things to see. But nice to see what is available. I ...
by dthor68
June 1st, 2012, 6:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Holiday Hognose
Replies: 32
Views: 6565

Re: Holiday Hognose

neherper, you have got a dam good set of eyes. The only time I ever see a hognose is crossing a road. I bet I have stepped over a 100+! There is one State Park in SC that I visited where they do not like herpers. A ranger found me photographing a snake on the side of the road. He said that what I wa...
by dthor68
June 1st, 2012, 3:09 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Pigmy Rattlesnakes
Replies: 92
Views: 36335

Re: Pigmy Rattlesnakes

What I like most about Fieldherpers Forum is that there are many here into conservation. It is a real nice change from the irresponsible pet trade crap that is going on. The only thing most people here want to take is a picture. To many taking an animal out of the wild is no different than running i...
by dthor68
May 25th, 2012, 7:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underexposed with Flash?
Replies: 13
Views: 4284

Re: Underexposed with Flash?

I will try to clean it. However, it acts the same on my D300. I can still get great shots seting D200/300 on slow. Of coarse I cant freeze a tongue or rattle doing that. I am getting the sb-700 soon and was hoping I could clear this mess up if it were user era, prior to purchase. Thanks for all your...
by dthor68
May 25th, 2012, 5:06 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underexposed with Flash?
Replies: 13
Views: 4284

Re: Underexposed with Flash?

I figured out the FP setting. It is made in the D200 under sync speed. You get two choices on a 1/250 sync speed. One is Auto FP 1/250, the other just 1/250. I made the change and the FP icon was no longer there. However, it did not change the outcome. Something tells me that Auto FP only kicks in w...
by dthor68
May 24th, 2012, 7:06 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underexposed with Flash?
Replies: 13
Views: 4284

Re: Underexposed with Flash?

If you look in the upper left corner there is an icon for TTL, BL and FP. BL stands for balanced light and FP stands for high speed sync, not sure how they get that out of FP. When I scroll through mode my choices are TTL/FP, TTL/BL/FP, or Manual. I do not have the choice of just TTL. I have used it...
by dthor68
May 24th, 2012, 2:24 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Underexposed with Flash?
Replies: 13
Views: 4284

Underexposed with Flash?

Seems that every picture I take with a flash is underexposed, obviously I am doing something wrong. Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR, SB-600 with one of those plastic diffusers. Setting on flash: TTL, BL, FF, Zoom set on 85mm. Every now and then I will use the equipped diffuser set at 14m...
by dthor68
October 15th, 2011, 5:57 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 195161

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

I did "drama" back in my twenties, and a bit into my thirties. Boring. And no, I'm not a queen, either! :) I dig the band "Queen", though. Arguably the best front man in the history of rock......well, maybe right there with Ian Gillan. Never did drama but I am a Queen "fan" myself. Brian May has to...
by dthor68
October 14th, 2011, 2:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gomer Pyle saves a King Snake!
Replies: 26
Views: 4034

Re: Gomer Pyle saves a King Snake!

I saw that episode of Gomer Pyle 32 years ago when I was 10. I was in the Boy Scouts and had just recieved my first issue of Boys Life Magazine that had an article, with pictures, on Timber Rattlesnakes. At the same time we were keeping a Gartersnake that we caught in the yard. I was really beginnin...
by dthor68
October 14th, 2011, 6:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Green Salamander eggs, hatching, hatchlings, and mothers
Replies: 15
Views: 2839

Re: Green Salamander eggs, hatching, hatchlings, and mothers

AWESOME! Man I have lived in SC for 20 years. Minutes from Green Salamanders and have yet to see any. Every year my goal is to get photos of a Green and every year I am let down. Think positive, I will get some photos soon.

Derek
by dthor68
October 5th, 2011, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is it legal to collect herps on Catalina Island, CA?
Replies: 60
Views: 4750

Re: Is it legal to collect herps on Catalina Island, CA?

Not only that, but I would think that any Catalina Island species available would be quite rare (if you could even verify them without a doubt), and prohibitively expensive for most people. I say, good luck, my friend! :roll: Well if they are so rare then they should be protected from capture, righ...
by dthor68
October 5th, 2011, 3:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phoenix Arizona 2011 (pic heavy)
Replies: 16
Views: 2728

Re: Phoenix Arizona 2011 (pic heavy)

Nice work Texas Blonde. Looks like ya'll had a blast. What blows my mind is that the fishing spiders in Arizona look just like the fishing spiders in S Carolina.
by dthor68
October 5th, 2011, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is it legal to collect herps on Catalina Island, CA?
Replies: 60
Views: 4750

Re: Is it legal to collect herps on Catalina Island, CA?

Not only that, but I would think that any Catalina Island species available would be quite rare (if you could even verify them without a doubt), and prohibitively expensive for most people. I say, good luck, my friend! :roll: Well if they are so rare then they should be protected from capture, right?
by dthor68
October 5th, 2011, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: For those who have found red salamanders
Replies: 15
Views: 2280

Re: For those who have found red salamanders

Try drier areas. When you think salamander the first thing that comes to mind is the moist hardood forest. 90% of the reds I find are in upland type pine woods and mixed forest. Quite frequently far from water, as far as a quarter mile. And, after a good rain. However, I am in SC but I find the same...
by dthor68
October 2nd, 2011, 2:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: People Suck (don't look if you don't want to be infuriated)
Replies: 24
Views: 7080

Re: People Suck (don't look if you don't want to be infuriat

You shouldn't focus so much of your energy on these idiots. You'll just find yourself drained and jaded by it, and often times the offender just gets a kick out of angering the cyber "tree huggers." Ignore the morons of the world and just do your part to conserve the natural world around us. I agre...
by dthor68
October 2nd, 2011, 1:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is it legal to collect herps on Catalina Island, CA?
Replies: 60
Views: 4750

Re: Is it legal to collect herps on Catalina Island, CA?

You could always buy the animal that you want. It kinda works out in everyones favor when you buy instead of collect.
by dthor68
September 21st, 2011, 2:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The most amazing Cottenmouth I have ever seen
Replies: 13
Views: 1942

Re: The most amazing Cottenmouth I have ever seen

That is a gorgeous snake. I would love to see one in the wild. Closest I have come was a headless roadkilled corpse in the everglades... :P What do ya'll think of that behavior? The snake looked rather newly shed, so why would it be rubbing its face on sticks like that? That is a very curious thing...
by dthor68
September 19th, 2011, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades by Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 3400

Re: Everglades by Bike

Dave, I am not sure you can do any of those things in the Everglades NP. As far as I know there are no dirt roads in the Everglades. If there are they are most like for "authourized personel". There are primitive camping areas but 99% of those can only be reached by boat. However, I am sure you can ...
by dthor68
September 14th, 2011, 6:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The most amazing Cottenmouth I have ever seen
Replies: 13
Views: 1942

Re: The most amazing Cottenmouth I have ever seen

That is a very common looking Cottonmouth for SC. I may have seen that exact snake as I go to Francis Biedler several times a year for the last 15. I see 4 to 8 Cottonmouths a trip during warm months. Most common snake there.
by dthor68
August 7th, 2011, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEED HELP
Replies: 2
Views: 360

NEED HELP

Found black rat snake stuck to gorilla tape, how can I get him unstuck????
by dthor68
August 3rd, 2011, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fraser's Hill, Malaysia. July 2011
Replies: 20
Views: 5091

Re: Fraser's Hill, Malaysia. July 2011

You have a great example of why we needed to change Elaphe to Pantherophis here in the states. And, another great example of why Boiga needs to make some changes withen its family. The spiders and butterflies are awesome! Great post, thanks for sharing.

Derek
by dthor68
July 28th, 2011, 4:00 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act
Replies: 50
Views: 16634

Re: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act

I believe Phil Rosen of the University of AZ has attributed the decline of lizards and snakes at Organ Pipe to climate change and a corresponding reduction in rainfall. I agree that any added pressure (collecting, road mortality, etc.) can be a tipping factor to already fragile populations, but sim...
by dthor68
July 28th, 2011, 3:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act
Replies: 50
Views: 16634

Re: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act

I'm saying that if we go to lengths to show that MOST of us are law abiding citizens concerned over the same issues as the legislature, then they'll be more apt to want to work with us....why? Because people are more comfortable working with people they view as similar to them (whether via politica...
by dthor68
July 28th, 2011, 2:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act
Replies: 50
Views: 16634

Re: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act

I don't really feel that we have enough information to comment one way or the other on this. There have been a lot of historic blunders on BOTH sides. However, this: There is no doubt that if collecting/hunting were to stop today populations would become strong again. seems a bit off, especially in...
by dthor68
July 28th, 2011, 12:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act
Replies: 50
Views: 16634

Re: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act

Crotalus, I think the reason Arizona created the wildlife laws were to protect the species. Most of the threats that we create for these animals are indirect, and there is not much we can do about it. As long as the human population continues to grow there will be habitat destruction, pollution and ...