I have very surprised and rather moved when I came back to my blog page after a long absence to find an increase in subscribers and also a growth in the number of views the blog had received. Because of this I thought I’d offer a few words about the long absence.
Changes in Flickr photograph hosting policy
My initial intention for setting up this site were twofold – as a place to share what I believe are key features of plants that I encounter during my exploration of the Wet Tropics, and also as a reference for myself.
As such I have endeavored to post as many photos as I could of detail of leaves and other features, and this used to be feasible with Flickr, but recent changes in the photo hosting policies at Flickr has made it impossible to do this. Imagine my dismay when I tried to access my photos in Flickr and now they ask me to pay a subscription fee or they would delete all but my most recent 1000 photos.
Working in another country
Between Jan 2018 to August 2019 I was working in Brazil, and try as I might, my brain was in another space. My schedule of preparing for lectures simply did not allow me to maintain posting here.
Back to the Wet Tropics
Since August 2019, I have been back in far north Queensland to continue another phase in my exploration of the wonderful plants that call this region home. My current work up in the Tablelands puts me in daily contact with rainforest, and represents another phase in my professional work in the region. As such, I intend to update Florafnq more regularly.
Discovering iNaturalist and integrating it at Florafnq
In the last year, I also discovered iNaturalist and set up an account there to be able to post observations on my broader interests (see my observations page) including plants. This engine allows me to easily photograph on my handphone (featured picture) and post directly to the app.
However, I found that there was an easy way to paste in my photographs hosted at iNat here, and I will attempt to do this from now as I update this blog. Where possible, my future entries to Florafnq will therefore also be linked to an iNat observation. A recent example would be my post on Thaleropia queenslandica.
For those of you who have been following my blog over the years, and also recent followers, thanks very much for your support.
(Thanks to Anna Chahaneau for the photo)