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
Q: How do I contact you?
A: Email me at:
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
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.
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
1. Create links to my site. The more links
there are to my site, the more likely prospective photos buyers will find
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
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.