iNaturalist Observations – What Should I Photograph? Tips for Photographing Some Local Plant Families

Thank you for participating in the Imperial County Project on iNaturalist! To optimize the likelihood of being able to identify species from photographs submitted to iNaturalist, we offer these tips about photographing plants. Keep in mind that these guidelines are intended to optimize identification, but we want you to submit plant observations to iNaturalist even if you are unable to follow the guidelines.

  1. Try to obtain photographs of the plant as a whole, showing scale if possible by including a recognizable object in the photo. (e.g., for a large tree, have a person stand next to the tree; for a small plant, hold the leaves or flower so that your fingers are in the photo; or you can place a ruler or other scale in the photo.)
  2. Take close-up photographs of leaves (both upper and lower surfaces), flowers (straight-on and side views), and fruits.
  3. In most cases, it is helpful to photograph both flowers and fruits. While there are some plants that
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Posted on July 10, 2017 05:42 PM by judygibson judygibson | 2 comments | Leave a comment

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The Botany Department of the San Diego Natural History Museum, under the direction of Dr. Jon Rebman, is compiling a catalog of the plants of Imperial County, California. Such a list is an essential tool in planning the conservation of species and guiding the future of development of the region.

Beginning with the historical records in the form of herbarium specimens and continuing to ...more ↓

judygibson created this project on July 06, 2017
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