The Lake Project: Semester 2

For those of you who have never read one of my blogs posts before, let me quickly give you a brief description of what the Lake Project is all about. For the past semester (and some months before) I have been photographing and cataloging species around the Westtown Lake. My goal is to be able to present a finished catalog of as many species as I can identify to the archives at the end of the year.

As of right now, I am a little behind schedule. This is for a whole variety of reasons, and if you are truly interested in learning what they are, feel free to read my last blog post.

The popular saying goes, “New year, new me.” As we enter 2017 and the second semester of my senior year, there are a lot of new things I will be doing (some that I have already started).

First, I will be conferencing much more frequently with a wide variety of resources from the archives to T. Tim Sterrett and T. Tim Mountz, both experts in the flora and fauna of the local area.

Second, I have to spend less time at the lake taking pictures and more time cataloging. Since I spent the first semester focused on the actual photography, the second semester must be more grounded in the identification of the species photographed and the creation of the catalog.

Here is a sample page from the catalog:


In every page in the catalog, I will be including the scientific name, common name, range, size, scientific description, and my own description of my relationship with the species (how I found it, difficulties with photography, etc.)

As I’m sure you can see, the bottom of the page is quite blank. My original idea was to include a map of the lake with a pin dropped on the spot I found the species so anyone can go explore it for themselves. However, I am not overly attached to the idea so if you have any thoughts on how I can use the space please let me know!

Even though the main focus of the semester will be on identification and cataloging, I will still make frequent trips down to the lake to photograph. After all, I do need to have new pictures to show you all every week!

That’s all I have for this week, and I hope to see you again in just a few days.




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