Although I tried to stay within the formalities of the academia, often I show my experiences in a pictorial way. This is because of three reasons. First, because pictures say more than many words. Images are good records and can greatly complement the written information to help understand research. Second, as a way to educate and provide visual resources to others and to show the immense diversity of forms and colors expressed in our biodiversity that we are affecting so badly. Third, to share with you my hobby, the organisms I have encountered and the places I had the privilege to work on and to visit.
I hope that by appreciating the images you will get more aware and become thrilled by the beauty of the landscapes and by the amazing diversity of colors and forms of the living been on our planet, and thus, help us to conserve these! This will largely fulfill my intention of sharing this material with you!
Here, I am including pictures that I have taking starting in high school in 1975 when a got my first Olympus OM-1n analog camera and a great 50 mm Zuico macro lens. Back then, I developed my own Ektackrome slides and B&W pictures. Subsequently, I added several other cameras, fixed and zoom lenses from several brands of point and shoot models to the best professional optics, including iPhones, Olympuses, Cannons, Nikons, Bushnell camera traps and lenses ranging from 18 to 500 mm, with or without 1.4x and 1.7x converters. With very few exceptions all pictures were taking handheld. Likewise, when I was not the author, I mention the author’s name explicitly under the picture, after obtaining the consent.
Although this might not be the most appealing way, for convenience and practical reasons, I organized the pictures by subjects or taxonomically to provide a certain structure and to make it easier to find them. I took these pictures at many different localities and at different times. Information on the former is indicated on each picture, as well as the common and scientific names of the species are shown, when it was possible.
Often, pictures are not of the highest quality as I wanted to show the importance of the picture as a scientific record. I tried to the best of my ability to provide the basic information on the names, location and taxonomy. I am certain that there are mistakes, and I will highly appreciate if you help me in detecting these to fix them.
As indicated previously, you are welcome to use the pictures for a good purpose when citing the source. Thank you!
You are invited to explore some of the links below (there are many other groups and many more pictures).