Tuesday, May 29, 2012

South Carolina Highlights, Part 3





This is the third and final installment of a short series of posts about my travels in South Carolina while attending the annual meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas in May 2012. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t seen them yet.

The third leg of my travels in South Carolina was the post-meeting trip of the 2012 annual meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas. We left Florence on the morning of 6 May and made our way toward the northwestern tip of South Carolina and adjacent Georgia, and on the way we took a break to check out Ramsey Creek in Oconee County to see what was flying. There was not a lot to see, but there were a few Gray Petaltails (Tachopteryx thoreyi) which are always fun.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

South Carolina Highlights, Part 2



This is the second installment of a short series of posts about my recent travels in South Carolina while attending the annual meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas in May 2012. Check out Part 1 if you haven’t seen it yet.

The second phase of my time in South Carolina was the 2012 annual meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas (the first phase was the pre-meeting trip). We stayed in Florence for the variety of lodging and food options while the field time and business meeting were to the north in the sand hills area around Cheraw. In this post I’ll share some odonatalogical highlights from the field on 4 May 2012 which, in the case of myself and my travel companions, was spent entirely at Campbell Lake—a beautiful body of water ringed with lilypads and studded with towering cypresses (see photo above).
 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

South Carolina Highlights, Part 1



 
I’ve done some traveling lately, first to Louisiana (which I have written about in a few recent posts) then to South Carolina to attend this year’s annual meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas. The meeting was held in Florence, but there was a pre-meeting trip to Conway in the coastal plain, and a post-meeting trip to the wild and scenic Chattooga River and surrounding hills at the far western end of South Carolina and neighboring Georgia. In this post I’ll share what I photographed during the pre-meeting trip in the Conway area. My time here was spent entirely on the Little Pee Dee River—a beautiful blackwater stream enveloped by lush forests and cypress swamps.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My first northwest odonates of 2012

...and I specify “northwest” because I had been traveling in Louisiana and South Carolina the last few weeks and I saw lots of odonates during that time. See my previous three posts for a taste of what I saw in Louisiana; I’ll try to put something together on the highlights in South Carolina during the Dragonfly Society of the Americas annual meeting there.

Yesterday—my first full day back in Vancouver, Washington, after returning from South Carolina, I visited some ponds in the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. I only started visiting these ponds a couple months ago, so it’ll be interesting to see what the odonate fauna is like as the season progresses.