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« on: November 27, 2008, 19:37 PM »
Hi all,

I have been helping Steve AKA Parthenope the dragonfly expert to get a few of his pictures and nature projects online.... We still have a fair way to go with regards to saving images for web and the laying out of article pages neatly but its definitely getting there :)

Perhaps the page to start with is
http://www.cornishnature.co.uk/about-steve.html

We have been testing a clever script that delivers an image gallery from an article page and after a lot of fiddling I think we have it working with ie6, ie7, ie8, firefox and opera... Appreciate anyone with a different browser to see if it works OK... Here's an example of a gallery
http://www.cornishnature.co.uk/damselflies-of-cornwall-zygoptera/14-a-photo-gallery-of-cornish-damselflies.html

I have a small screen so the images are a bit to big for me and I have to scroll down to see the image description... On a faster connection the gallery should load very smoothly...

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 07:53 AM »
Hi Clive and Steve. I can see this will be my first stop next summer for identifying any dragonflies and damselflies that keep still enough for me. Great photo of Steve's head  :biggrin:
(Photos are sharp and the gallery loads and works fine on IE7.)
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 09:19 AM »
What fantastic photos Steve.  I wish that I had a talent like that.

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 21:31 PM »
Heavens above! What astonishing photos, on what looks like a beautifully constructed site.

Hardly surprising given the levels of Parthenopian enthusiasm that we have enjoyed on the forum over the months.

I was just wondering if the sun reflecting off the bald-ish patch dazzles the dragonflies and thus allows Steve to get those photos. I will try out this theory by placing a white swimming cap on the top of my head the next time I see a dragonfly and have a camera to hand.  :biggrin:

By the way Steve, did you all manage to find the contact lens? http://www.cornishnature.co.uk/field-trips-courses-and-holidays.html  :biggrin:
« Last Edit: November 28, 2008, 21:41 PM by glennie »

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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 22:03 PM »
Hahahahaha.... Glennie that is so funny....

Steve you better post that image here because as you make more articles it will be gone and no one will no what Glennie is going on about.....

By the way, exactly what is everone looking for? Surely not a contact lens... :)

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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 23:37 PM »
Hi Clive, Lisa, Tony & Glennie,

Thanks for all the very positive comments, it's great to get some feedback. Clive has been very patiently wet nursing me through the wonderful world of websites, though I guess he might have started one or two screams echoing through the mountains of the Sierra Grazalema after some of my dumbest questions!

My head is shaved up once a week by my very understanding wife, so that it remains in optimum condition as a dragonfly roost. Of course some bits of my head need less management than other bits! For the most part the dragons seem to enjoy my one man nature reserve, and once I have attracted them within range of my 90mm macro I switch to dipped rather than full beam Glennie!

No we didn't find the contact lens :biggrin: Lynn (Mrs Parthenope) actually took the photo of part a photography group that I was leading around an old Cornish tin streaming site looking for the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischnura pumilio which you also get in Spain, in particular the female which goes through a very striking orange colour phase (see attached). That little area of Juncus was very productive for roosting insects, including a beautiful Gold Spot Moth.

Thanks again for having a look at my site.
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Steve

« Last Edit: November 28, 2008, 23:44 PM by parthenope »
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2008, 13:24 PM »
Hi all,

I have been nagging parthenope to keep his images on the smaller side for better page loading and also so the galleries fit on an average computer screen.....

I generally work at all my sites and projects from my laptop that has a 1025 pixel width screen.....

Steve told me to stop being so mean and go and buy myself a bigger screen so I did! I got a nice 19 inch monitor now and my goodness what a difference....

Have a look at his gallery... With my new monitor I can see the whole image and the excellent descriptions without having to scroll down.... Great images Steve :)

http://www.cornishnature.co.uk/dragonflies-of-iberia-anisoptera/21-a-gallery-of-iberian-dragonflies.html

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2008, 20:16 PM »
Congratulations Steve and Clive. Fabulous images on a very elegantly designed web page. The Violet Dropwing is really stunning - I don't think I'd believe my eyes if I saw one. 

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2008, 23:27 PM »
That's outrageous Clive, any excuse to splash the cash on technology!
On the other hand I'm glad I won't be made to feel guilty about the size my of gallery images anymore :biggrin:
I should also say that it's only down to Clive's mastery of all things website related that I'm able to add lengthy captions to the gallery images. Thanks Clive. :clapping:

Glad you like the Violet Dropwing Lucy, they really are beautiful and worth searching out for one next summer.
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2009, 12:30 PM »
Steve, family and friends stayed with us recently and we had a particularly good day up on the Llanos de Libar in the Sierra de Grazalema.

Check out the images and trip report (Especially the Iberian water frog and the sound recording!)
http://www.cornishnature.co.uk/holidays-nature-diary/2-holiday-nature-diary/33-llanos-de-libar-a-land-of-reptile-a-amphibians-a-mole-crickets-.html

Nice article Steve :)

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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2009, 13:21 PM »
Hi Steve, I really enjoyed your account of a special place with so many things to see.  All the photos are great, but I particularly like the natterjack toad, with his warty saggy skin and those electric eyes.  Congratulations on an excellent web site.

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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2009, 18:53 PM »
Hi Clive & Lucy,

Thanks very much for your generous comments about the Llanos de Libar article, it really was a fantastic place to explore and Clive made my day by finding the Mole Cricket (how sad is that?!). It was such a cracking place for reptiles and amphibians, which ultimately gave me the chance to play with the digital voice recorder and capture those Iberian Water Frogs.
Thanks again for the positive feedback
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2009, 20:38 PM »
Cracking website. Photos are brill! Usual Parthenopian standard.  :)

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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2009, 21:04 PM »
Thanks Glennie, your cheque is in the post  :)
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2009, 09:56 AM »
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2009, 18:34 PM »
Many thanks for the link Nick,

Has the Iberian Water Frog changed it's name to Perezi's frog, or is that just an alternative name, or have I just got the ID wrong?!

Regards
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« Last Edit: June 16, 2009, 23:02 PM by parthenope »
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2009, 22:26 PM »
No, looking again I see that Iberian Water Frog is the much commoner name
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2009, 19:27 PM »
Are the Iberian Water Frog, Iberian Green Frog, Rana perezi, and Penophylax perezi all synonyms then?

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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2009, 20:38 PM »
Name classification change from R perezi to P perezi and I think that Iberian water frog is the most used common English name.... I think ???

Lacerta lepida is also now Timon lepidus :)

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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2009, 20:59 PM »
No, I was definately wrong. I got confused.
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