Monday, January 24, 2011

Plant and flower pictures

Flower photo by Richard LindbergFor almost all of the collected species and many common hybrids it is possible to find a good flower picture. has thousands of flower pictures and Google search is fair at matching pictures to the search phrase.

Plant photo by Richard LindbergThere doesn't seem to be a resource for plant pictures. There are written descriptions that no doubt conjure up a visual for a botanist, but for me, not so much.

Pictures of my collection plants on my website don't pretend to be part of that kind of resource, but they are valuable to me. I can get an idea of the growth since the time since the picture was taken. I have made it a goal to have an overall picture of each of my plants. I am getting there but there are still plenty of listings without a plant photo.

I have decided to start taking a second picture of the plant. This will be a closeup of the mount or pot giving some interesting detail about the plant. This will be a slow process and will proceed as I update the overall picture. It is not twice as much work to do two photos of a plant, and I have worked out a way to have the new pictures added to the computer-generated web pages.


  1. I'm glad that you've decided to do this. I've been thinking, since I've started collecting orchids, that most pictures, while showing the flowers, often neglect the thing that I'm going to learn the most from: the mount, leaves, and roots.

  2. Being relatively new to orchids, I was very frustrated by the lack of pictures to be found of the mounts and leaves. I started from the very beginning of my collection to take pictures of the plant when acquired, annually and when in bloom. It is great to look back and see the progress of each plant - especially the slow growing ones.

  3. The VERY beginning was trying to find the difference between Colmanara Wildcat 'Leopard' and 'Jaguar'. If you Google them they are badly misidentified. After that I started taking flower pictures at 'Show and Tell' and the few I had that re-bloomed.

    Once I moved into the greenhouse I had too many plants to know each one as well as I did growing indoors so I started on the plant pictures.

  4. Coincidentally, I haven't seen your blog for a few days because I've been improving my records, by adding a photograph "at purchase" to each plant page. I then added a flowering picture where applicable. It still needs some work but I'm getting there. As someone said above, it adds to the pleasure looking back...