On being a biology nerd

Over the last week or two I have been indulging my inner biology nerd, by categorising and identifying many of my photographs of plants and animals. It gives me a lot of pleasure to identify something and find its Latin name and learn for the future to recognise it again. I can spend hours trying to identify a tricky customer so it is a delight when it becomes clear!

I’ve been building up a resource for myself (and perhaps others) on my website. So far I’ve added loads of wildflowers as well as categorising all my photos of damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies by species. I have made a start on bees too, but that’s still a work in progress. Some people would probably find this an odd past-time, but for me it’s really interesting. If you’d like to take a look here are a few links:

My gallery of wildflowers, where you can see each of the flowers I’ve identified from around my local area, and click to see the full gallery of images for each one. I’ve realised that I have photographed a LOT of flowers over the last 6 years!

I also have an alphabetical list of the wildflowers in case you think you remember the name and want to check if you’re right. This is useful if you know it’s some kind of Vetch (for example) but are not sure which type in particular.

Then we have a dragonfly section where I’ve featured all the dragonflies I’ve been lucky enough to take photos of so far. I have seven species featured here, and who knows, I add more in future if I’m lucky.

The damselflies have caused some tricky moments as there are some which are hard to tell apart, but hopefully I have it correct. Eight species of damselfly included in this section so far.

I was surprised to discover how many different butterflies I’ve recorded – 20 so far! It’s been a pleasure putting their galleries together on my butterfly page.

While working through my dragonfly photos I came across some photos that I took back in 2014 of this Common Darter resting on a barbed wire fence. I realised this would be perfect for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, as it’s “twisted”. I usually like my nature photos to look really natural so a man-made fence is not my usual choice, but I actually really like the contrast with the beautiful, delicate dragonfly with the fence full of twists and turns and sharp points.

By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


  1. Your identification and sorting into collections is fantastic…as is the photography of course. You could start a nature identification website if you were so inclined.

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