Article: Spotlight: Janet Rowley (JRsbugs): Bugs R Us?

 
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Image Spotlight: Janet Rowley (JRsbugs)
By Nancy Polanski on August 9, 2010

I don't know of anyone else like Janet. She takes great photos......mostly of bugs. Her floral photos and garden photos are also very pretty. She's agreed to stand in our Spotlight this week and tell us all about herself. She has an interesting story to tell.

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Imageweeds
Aug 8, 2010 8:15 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
Not all those who wander are lost.
How odd the way you found your true interest in life! You have definitely done things I would never have imagined. I enjoyed your story and thank you for sharing with us!
I hope to learn even more.
Once again, good job nap!
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Imagenap
Aug 8, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Thanks, Connie. Did you hover over the photos to read Janet's comments on them?
Imageweeds
Aug 8, 2010 8:46 PM CST
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Not all those who wander are lost.
Nope, did not know I could but I will!
Cool, I need to know how to do that!
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ImageSharon
Aug 8, 2010 8:57 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Wow! I've never seen a hedgehog!

How interesting, Janet, your interest in bugs. They are fun to look at, but I don't really want them to get very close or personal. Your photos are great. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Nice article, Nancy!
Imagenap
Aug 8, 2010 9:02 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Hi, Sharon. Thanks for reading it! (Isn't that little guy cute? The photo is fabulous!)

Connie, I'll Cmail you.
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 9, 2010 4:07 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Hi Connie, yes it is strange how life seems to slip into a slot which is good for us but maybe we help it along a little.

Sharon, maybe now you will become more interested in what's around you! Hilarious!

Thanks nap for your superb organisation, although the words are mine it takes time to work around all the small details.

The sun, for once, is shining so I have to go out to see what insects and bugs I have today... Big Grin
Imagestarlight1153
Aug 9, 2010 3:41 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Great article and boy Janet what a time you have had, but without the accident, you probably wouldn't be photographing and working with your bugs and their are so few bug people around.

Love your cubit and love your bugs.

Nap. I didn't knwo we could hoover either , but I thought it was a hedgehog. I collect hedgehogs. In Germany we called them eagles, not sure of the German spelling though, but it sounded just like that.

Thanks for bringing Janet closer to us and Janet thank you for sharing your story. With your cubit around, maybe we all will learn to be a little more tolerant of bugs. Big Grin

ImageJRsbugs
Aug 9, 2010 4:04 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Yep Ella, I have had a rough time, but I always say "I'm still here" and "there's others who have had it worse". That kind of puts it all in perspective for me at least.

Lol, I guess you are right there too, one of my purposes in life must have been to introduce the bugs to everyone to show how interesting they really are.

I certainly hope more tolerance becomes a reality too, for far too long people have been wrongly influenced by chemical companies much to the detriment of everything living. Not only is the food chain for bugs ruined, but the food chain for ourselves is seriously put at risk. It's not only bees which pollinate, many insects do. Besides what we see above the soil, there are many organisms in the soil which support the roots of plants and so the plant itself.

Imagenap
Aug 9, 2010 6:42 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Ella, do you know how to make the descriptions on the images? If you want me to, let me know and I'll send you the same instructions I sent to Connie. It's very easy.
Imageboojum
Aug 9, 2010 6:55 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
I almost became an entomologist. I've always had a special relationship to bugs ever since I saw that aqua and magenta striped leaf hopper at age 5. Then I had a mentor, a young counsellor at girl scout camp who was studying to be an entomologist and introduced me to caddis fly gluey pebble homes under rocks in streams. And the metalic green damsel flies with the black velvet wings that made me feel so honored to be in their presence (magical still) and cicadas (ah cicadas are all about Edsels and Egypt). Somehow it never happened but I do love an interesting bug (had a conversation with a spider today but she isn't really a bug per se). Thanks for feeling the same Janet!
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 9, 2010 8:04 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Oh I'm so pleased there's someone else who feels like that Kathy! You had a good start, we often hold onto what we experience as a child.

I think an artist's eye has a certain appreciation of the beauty in nature. It's surprisng how many people here have that artistic eye, all it needs with some is a little encouragement to appreciate the more unknown side of nature.

Entomology sounds interesting, but it often involves taking specimens, something I couldn't do.

Did you get a photo of the spider? Hilarious!
Imageboojum
Aug 9, 2010 8:10 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
No but I've been avoiding her web for weeks trying to deadhead the daylily clump it's attached to. Last week the web looked abandoned but today there she was again. I have donated a few japanese beetles to her web. She runs over and wraps it up quick and saves it for later. Here she is. http://bit.ly/2Copw7
Imagepardalinum
Aug 9, 2010 11:12 PM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR
Hi Janet! I really enjoyed getting to know you better! I have always been interested in bugs and insects. As a kid I would wander through the labs at the nearby university. Funny how they didn't think a thing of security back then (and I was in grade school!). Wandering through the entomology lab (I didn't know that word then) I learned that there were kazillions of insects besides ants and houseflies!

I recently added an insect identification book to my library; these are the insects native to the Pacific Northwest. Now I need a better camera.
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 10, 2010 6:56 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
That's very nice of you Kathy to look after and feed you lovely lady spider! You look after her, and she will look after you.

Hi Connie! You were lucky to find out about insects at that age! I remember visiting the museum in Adelaide, mostly all I remember is the huge dinosaur they had dispalyed but I was quite young I think.

Security was not considered so necessary 'back then', we never locked the door when we went out anywhere from the farm. It's a changing world!

I might be calling on you for insect ID now I know you have a book, if I get stuck! Hilarious! You definitely need a good camera, most important to have a good lens too. I'll be waiting for those bug and insect pics! Big Grin

I've got some lovely Lilies flowering from your seed! The pics are buried in all this years daily folders still, one day in the depths of winter I'll try to get them moved so I can show you. I had L. rosthornii in flower last year, it's looking even better this year. The bulbils from Bessingham Hybrid are in flower this year, I didn't have many left and neglected them but 3 were taking off this year so I put them in the ground, full of flowers! How's yours, I know you were looking after yours better. The orginal bulb had increased, then one year disappeared, maybe the bulb fly got it. Rolling my eyes.

This is Lilium rosthornii last year in it's infancy, two plus years from seed! What a beauty!

Thumb of 2010-08-10/JRsbugs/5ba3d2
Imageboojum
Aug 10, 2010 7:11 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Marvellous!
Imagewildflowers
Aug 10, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Janet, how nice to see you in the spotlight... even if I'm a little late in seeing this *Blush* As a regular spectator and fan of BugLife, it's a pleasure to know you a bit better.

Your photography is magnificent & I look forward to seeing your Daily Pic's! Bugs have always been interesting to me too. But, I have certainly found a new appreciation of bugs since joining your cubit and I must admit that you shamed me into learning more about them...now I look forward to learning more.

Thanks so much!
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 10, 2010 9:08 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Oh I hope I didn't really, actually shame you Christine! Rolling on the floor laughing

It's good to see others like yourself taking an interest, it can become addictive as you have seen! Hilarious!

See you around, I enjoy seeing what you and others have too!

Psst, watch out, Nancy's about! Whistling She might be coming after you next.... Blinking Hilarious!

Just joking Nancy!
Imagenap
Aug 10, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Angry .......... Hilarious!
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 10, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagepardalinum
Aug 11, 2010 11:48 AM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR
I guess I could mention the spider collection I put together as a kid. No, I didn't hurt them, they each had their own jar. I was amazed at how many different kinds I could find just hanging around the house and bushes. All the different markings and colors, to me, were fascinating!

As for the Bellingham lily, yep, I still have it, albeit a bit stunted this year. And then there is the gloriowhatsit pollen (dare I mention that word?? Rolling on the floor laughing ) which didn't take, but I still have some in the freezer!

Anyhoo, I have joined your cubit so it will be easier for me to find. I also took down notes about your camera and lens. I am still researching cameras and hope to make a decision soon!

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