Raewyn Adams

Joined: Feb 04, 2021 Last Active: Aug 07, 2022 iNaturalist NZ

I go walking with camera and photograph anything that catches my eye. Lots of birds, but lots of everything else too. In 2022 I'm continuing my retrospective indexing of photos that missed out at the time I took them. And of course keeping up with new material through the year too. So some of what I post will be current, and some old.

SHELLS

I have always noted attractive and interesting shells. Sometimes I collect them. Sometimes I just photograph them and move on.

A few years ago at Spirits Bay I had found something that prompted me to check the book I keep on the van* and I started reading it through. At the end there is a photo of a group of micromolluscs and a paragraph that says "about 75% of New Zealand's molluscs are less than 10mm long...". I thought "Hmmm..." and headed back to the beach to look, and I found a whole new world of beauty.

At first I just collected those that I could see with my naked eye but of course realised that I was still missing a lot. Next I started taking a lens out to the beach but that's awkward, and still misses the smallest shells. So I now occasionally pick a random handful of likely washup to bring home. The older of these samples are currently stored without dates so are problematic for uploading to iNaturalist, but from our trip in autumn 2022 I have photographed, dated and properly stored about 120 species of micromollusc. Some of my "old favourites" from previous trips weren't there this time, so there is still work to be done on the retrospective collection. Sometime.

I owe huge thanks to @glycymeris and @predomalpha for identifying what they could from the observations I have uploaded over the last 2 months. Some organisms are undoubtedly not yet described, and some can't really be identified from photos of dead washup, but it has been hugely satisfying to learn something about what these animals are and to try to figure out what is what as I learn. Thank you!

It has also been new ground to go further into closeup photography. These are shells that can't really be seen without a magnifying lens, and even with a lens it's hard to identify any degree of detail. It takes a photo to really see what they look like and that has a whole set of challenges with depth of field, lighting, etc. But the result is fascinating.

*A photographic guide to seashells of New Zealand / Margaret S. Morley.

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