For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

Videos: YouTube

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I do love all of you!!

This has been an unbelievable week!! I have never in my life felt so wonderful and cared for! I seriously did not think anyone would even notice that I was not blogging anymore but the amount of e-mails I received tells me that I was missed. THANK YOU everyone, it is the greatest feeling in the world to know I have so many people that think about me and want me to continue blogging and the pressure to start again has been strenuous. You know that you are all VERY special to me too.

I am going to try hard to do my projects as well as blogging, but if I skip a day or do not get to yours, please forgive me. My Bugguide project is very important to me and I do need to get it going.

Thank you my friends, thank you for all your wonderful love and support. It is invaluable to me!!
I miss everyone so much!!



44 comments:

ramblingwoods.com said...

I was so happy to see this Joan as I missed commenting on your other post. I didn't know you were working on a Bugguide and I know how important that is to you... Don't stress...just pop on and say 'hi' once in a while.... Michelle

Anna said...

Oh Joan I apologize, looks like I missed the whole thing about you being absent, but you know I do think about you sometimes. Your project seems very fascinating, and you seem to be very interesting blogger. Great to see you back my friend. Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Michelle. It feel SO good to be back. I miss it so very, very much!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Anna. It feels like being back home. :)

Firefly said...

WELCOME BACK! I am so releved. I know time is not always on one's side and I think we would all understand if you don't post every day. I also know commenting on each comment also takes a lot of time and thats why I don't comment on all my comments.

Now, what happened to all you old posts? Did you delete it without backing them up? I hope not as its a brilliant reference site.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks so much Jonker. I am not sure how much posting I am going to do but at least I want to try to continue my Mystery Monday's.

Yes, unfortunately I did destroy all the previous posts as I thought they were old ones that no one was interesed in anymore. :(

troutbirder said...

Joan the blogging thing is supposed to be fun and not stressful. In other words you do it when you feel like it and go on with lifes other priorities. Its called the "avoid burnout approach." No guilt should be involved. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are so right TB. I will see how it goes and when I can post as my time is so linited, not only to posting but to actually taking the photographs as well.

Picture Imperfect said...

JOOOOOAAAAAAN!! Yay! *does happy dance*

I, for one, will be happy to see/read anything you blog! No pressure, it's all a bonus for me, from here on out. ;o)

So happy to see this post. :)

Dale Forbes said...

When I realised, I frantically searched my inbox for your email address and could not find it. I was really worried!

Gaelyn said...

Yea!!! I was so excited to see your post this morning! ;-) Welcome back. At whatever pace you choose. Just have to set those priorities.

I honestly don't want to believe that all your past wonderful posts are actually gone forever. They should be searchable for all the good content. I'll bet they're in some cyber vault somewhere.

Yippee, Joan's back!

Leeloo said...

Glad to have you back Joan, I was wondering why you left! I read about it in Craver's blog and was very bummed, your blog is very interesting. Good luck with your project, and you know it's not a big deal if you don't post every day :)

PS. the butterfly picture is gorgeous! It looks like a cabbage butterfly but orange, beautiful.

LT said...

I like the butterfly LUL! Joan

The Early Birder said...

Hi Joan. I'm sure many of us will or have already been thro' a similar phase...blogging v life priorities..what takes precedence?
Many of us have so many watchers & readers and it is often difficult to please everyone. Just do what you can, when you can and just know that we are here for you.

Welcome back. FAB.

Becky said...

I am so GLAD that you are back. At first I thought something was wrong with my computer since I couldn't view your blog. Then I wasn't sure what it was, maybe you had a new blog. I LOVE seeing your photos of your beautiful country Africa! This is the only way I'll be able to see the sights that are Africa. Do what you gotta do and check in once in awhile!

Diane AZ said...

Welcome back Joan! Great to see your nature photography again. :)

Natural Moments said...

Follow your Heart Joan. We can all detach from the pressure that is being exerted from without and follow our dreams from within. This is where we will all be truly happy.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Hey Joan! Good luck with the project. It is okay to have another life other than the blog. I too have been feeling the pressure to get other work done. Just as long as we can get a fix every now and then.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Penny. You make me feel so cared for. Thank you!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Dale. I would never have let you go long without contacting you if I had not heard anything. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

My dear Gaelyn, you make me feel so special. Thank you. In a way it is good to start over again although from what Jonker said, I never though of keeping them for reference purposes. It feels wonderful to be back amongst my friends again.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thank you leeloo's mum!! I am just going to have to find time to fit everything in as I kept on finding myself wanting to go to my blog to read everyones comments and of course there weren't any. I missed everyone so much!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks LT. LUL!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thank you Frank. My days should have 36 hours in and them I might get everything done that I want to do. It seems as if time goes by so quickly.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thank you Becky. I am going to do what I can but will probably only get to putting something short on every second day or so.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Diane. I missed everyone so much!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are so right Bernie, as usual. I do need to follow my heart in a few things right now and I am going to be trying to find a balance between it all. I know all the things which are important to me and I do not want to waste one single moment of happiness in my life.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Steve. Maybe I need to do with less hours sleep at night. :) As it is I only get about 5. LOL!!

Becky and Gary said...

Oh my, you're back. I'm sorry to say Joan but I checked your blog site almost every day " just in case"
I did miss you and your wonderful posts.
Don't worry about getting back to me or commenting on my post. Just take care of yourself and your job first. We'll all be here backing you... Once again, love your pictures, and it must be a beautiful time of year down there.
B♥

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That is so sweet of you Becky. Thank you, I missed you too. It is so good to be back in contact with everyone again.

Craver Vii said...

Sorry if we are causing trouble for you. Go ahead and take the time to do what you need to do. We well love you regardless of whether you post frequently or infrequently.

It sure is nice to see you again! :-)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Craver, no, you could never cause me trouble my friend. I love all the people I chat to here. They are very important to me. I just need to get some kind of schedule going I think. :)

Sreddy Yen said...

Hi Joan...I've just back to blogging and now I've just learnt that you're not blogging anymore? I'll surely miss you :( Good luck with your bug-guide - I'm sure it'll be a success :)

Andrea said...

Thank you to be here again.
I love the last picture,because i really like to see insects eyes:they look so misterious to me.

ET said...

How beautiful you're planet looks.

Päivin päivät said...

Oh how great to have you back blogging! I didn't catch your previous post named "Me" - perhaps you told there something about your work. Well, I was ready to sue the server I use for not connnecting me where I wanted. :D

I wish you every little and bigger joy and success in your work. Have a lovely weekend!

Päivi

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Sreddy. I was away for a week and could not do so for any lonfer. I missed everyone too much.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Andrea. I missed you too. The lavender is a great flower for attracting insects.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello ET. I think it is about time you came home. LOL!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thank you Paivi. I can imagine what they would have said if you had sued them. :) Probably thought you are crazy. LOL!!

I am sure you know of the BUGGUIDE they have in the USA which people use for the identification of insects and I want to start the same thing here as there is nothing available. It is a big porject and one which is going to take a lot of time but I am looking forward to the cahallenge of getting it up and running.

Craig Glenn said...

Joan Joan Joan...

I think what everyone is trying to say is... although they miss your claymation post of the made up animals and bugs of South Africa, what they miss most is my witty comments and award winning poetry!

Nice to have you back.

Craig

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

Hi Joan I have been absent for ages too and am sorry I didnt hear about your absense until now. Your photos always take me back to my roots and things that are so familiar to me and that I am slowly giving up hope of ever seeing again. I am struggling here since my husband passed in April so we will have to see. Your pictures give me a boost so I hope you will continue posting even if it isnt every day.

It was great seeing the photo of you, I always love putting a face to a name!!! You look great girl!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! You are probably right Craig. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Lori. I am sure you long for a visit home and it is a pity you cannot do so.