versicolor.ca is the domain name for web space managed by David Graham Patriquin of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It serves several community groups as well as personal interests, those relating mostly to natural history and environmental issues.
The web space is maintained on shared severs at funio.com in Montreal Canada. The domain name is maintained through sibername.ca.
I retired from a position at Dalhousie University in 2008. I spend as much time as I can exploring my bioregion, always with at least one camera in hand.
The name versicolor is taken from the species epithet for a common native iris in Nova Scotia: Iris versicolor. The photo at right was taken on July 2nd, 1997 with a Panasonic Palmcam NV/PV-DC1000. It shot 640 x 480 px photos (0.3 MP). It was my first digital camera and I thought it would be the last camera I would ever want to purchase.
Little did I know about digital media! Since then I have acquired at least one new camera each year, alternating between a pocket point & shoot and a DSLR or Superzoom type. My
I'm an iMac person but not an iPhone (or any kind of cell phone) person. I love the internet as a learning and communication tool, but I'm happiest when I'm "miles away from anywhere" and disconnected from the internet (and phones) but have a digital camera nearby. For more trivia about me, click here.
Update, Jan 5, 2018: In 2017 finally gave in and purchased a smartphone, for one reason only: the access to google maps when I am in the field. But who knows, maybe I'll start using iNaturalist and related apps. I also purchased a Sony HX400 50X zoom with GPS, so there goes my "no more for several years". And after losing my Olympus Tough TG3 with the Olympus PT-052 Underwater Housing on my last day of seagrass surveys in 2016 (it got carried away in a heavy ocean surf), I purchased an Olympus Tough TG4 and the outer housing. The TG4 (like the TG3) camera has phenomenal macro capabilities so it has replaced the Optio camera for close-ups.
- David Patriquin