Keir Morse - Botanist & Photographer

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are you?
A:  I am a professional field botanist who has worked in natural areas across the United States and in New Zealand.  I am currently working in environmental consulting mostly doing rare plant surveys in southern California.

Q: How do I contact you?
A: Email me at:
   uvularia (insert an "at symbol" here) keirosity dot com
Note: this is a dummy address that will forward to another email address as a spam preventative measure.  It's also a picture of text rather than real text, so you can't just copy and paste it.  Blame the spammers if you don't like it.

Q: Can I use your photo for .....?
A:  The photos on this website are available for use under the Creative Common License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. This means, unless you intend to use these for photos for a commercial purpose, you are welcome to use them unaltered, provided credit is given.  I've made this simple by watermarking the credit onto the photo.  You cannot remove this without permission.  I would also appreciate a linked credit to this website whenever possible.  A commercial use is one primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation.  If you aren't sure, ask.  If you want to use a photo for commercial use, I usually charge fees which are negotiable.  

Higher resolution versions are usually available if I'm given adequate notice, but I'm occasionally away from my computer and/or files for long periods of time.  If you are interested in using some of my photos outside the scope of the Creative Commons License or need a higher resolution version, please email me with details on which photos you want to use, how they will be used, how much you are willing to pay for their use (if a commercial use), whether you need higher resolution files of the images, and when you need them by.  

Q: Are all of your photos accurately identified?
A:  I can guarantee that almost all of them are accurate, but I make mistakes like everyone else.  If you come across one you know is wrong or are suspicious of, let me know and I will reevaluate it.

Q: Do you have a photo of .....?
A: I have tens of thousands of photos that I haven't had time to get onto my website.  Most of my older plant photos from California, Oregon, and the Upper Midwest as well as other scattered localities are already posted here.  I'm currently working on newer plant photos from California.  Beyond that, I have a large collection of non-plant photos from the Upper Midwest and western states, heavily biased towards landscapes and insects, that are lower priority for getting onto this website.  The bottom-line is that if there is something in particular you are looking for, I might just have it.  It doesn't hurt to ask.

Q: How do I find out about updates on this website.
A: I provide occasional updates via my Facebook fan page.  Usually I post a representative photo of a group I just uploaded and a link to the larger group.  If you want updates, like my Facebook page.
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Q: How can I help support this website?
A: I generally work on this website when I'm unemployed.  The more I have to work other jobs to make a living, the less time I have to put into this.  If I could make a living just taking photos and putting them on this website, I would.  Things that may help that actually happen are:
    1.  Create links to my site.  The more links there are to my site, the more likely prospective photos buyers will find me.
    2.  If you know prospective photo buyers, tell them about my site.
    3.  If you find any ID errors on my site, let me know.  I want this site to be as accurate as possible.
    4.  I'm happy to accept donations.  Any amount, no matter how small, helps.

Q: Can you identify a wild plant if I send you a picture?
A: Maybe. If it's plant from an area I'm familiar with, I'll probably have a good idea. I should at least be able to give you a family or genus. Getting to a species is often impossible from a picture.

Q: Can you identify a garden plant if I send you a picture?
A: Probably not, unless it is a wild plant in your garden or closely related to one.  Try posting the photo on a gardening page on Facebook.

Q: How do I grow .....?
A: If it is native to your locality, plant it in a area similar to where it would grow in nature. That's what I do. If it dies, it wasn't meant to be there. (Clearly I'm not a gardener.) If it is a garden plant or house plant, I have no idea. You're better off with native plants anyway.

Q: What kind of camera do you use?
A: I currently mostly use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 as it is fairly lightweight.  I occasionally use an Olympus E-PL5 with a 60mm macro lens.  I find this combination mostly frustrating, but it really shines on the super tiny things.  Most of my photos from 2003-07 were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4500.  After that I used an Olympus e510 with a 30mm macro lens and DMC-LX5.

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