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
doing rare plant surveys with a consulting firm in California.
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
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: If you are using a photo for a school project or presentation and
are not making a profit on it, you can use it without permission.
For any other use, you need to ask permission. I
charge fees which are negotiable. I frequently charge less
nonprofit use and occasionally wave the fees entirely. 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
photos, 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,
whether you need higher resolution files of the images, and when you
need them by.
Q: Are all of your photos accurately identified?
A: Wouldn't that be nice? I can guarantee that almost all of
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: Why is the color funky on some of the photos?
A: Every monitor displays color differently. Try adjusting
monitor until they look correct. Also, most
come out of the camera with at least a slightly funky color.
done my best to correct the color, but I'm
not a graphic artist and my color correction skills are limited.
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
from California, Oregon, and the Upper Midwest as well as other
scattered localities are already posted
I'm currently working on newer plant photos from California.
Beyond that, I have a large collection of non-plant photos
the Upper Midwest and
western states, heavily biased towards landscapes and insects, that are
lower priority for getting onto this website. The bottomline
that if there is something in particular you are looking for, I might
just have it. It doesn't hurt to ask.
Q: Can I purchase prints or books of your photos?
A: I don't specifically have any prints available at present.
there is something you are really interested in and willing to pay well
for, I might be persuaded to get some made. I do have a book
photos I took at Pinnacles National Monument available here
Pinnacles sells a wildflower brochure featuring mostly my
photos which is currently only available from the monument's visitor
center. Also, 100 Common
of Central California
Susan Lamb features about 40 of my
photos and is available here
Q: How do I find out about updates on this website.
A: Recently added or updated photos can be viewed by clicking on the
"View Latest Updates" link on the Photography page. I also
provide occasional updates via my Facebook fan 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
4. You can buy my Pinnacles
National Monument book mentioned in the previous question. I
get $10 for each copy sold.
You can make a donation to my Paypal account. Any
amount, no matter how small, helps. If you are a rich
philathropist who wants to pay for me to photograph the plants of a
particular region, please do so. That would be lovely.
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.
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. 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 use an Olympus e510, usually with a 30mm macro lens.
It's more compact than most of the other SLRs on the market
making it much better for hiking. I also carry around a Panasonic
Lumix DMC-LX5 when I want something more lightweight that that.
Most of my photos from
were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4500. While it is limited in
photo quality by today's standards, it may still be the best
designed point-and-shoot camera for macro photography.