I enjoyed reading Jamie Forrest’s post about the Power of Social Media. I have a similar story.
While walking at the Nature Center where I work, I found and photographed a flower with which I was unfamiliar. I took it back to my office and put it on Flickr in the “ID Please” group.
Within 20 minutes, I had my answer! It was a non-native, invasive plant from Europe. No wonder it wasn’t in my field guides. Before computers, I would still not know what that plant is!
I’ve used the ID Please! group on Flickr a LOT to assist with research. Sometimes, I think I’m being lazy. But the Girl Scout in me says I’m just “using my resources wisely!”