Virginia Wildflowers is a natural history photo gallery and casual field guide to the wildflowers of Virginia. Most of the photos you will find on this website were taken by me, near my home in southwestern Virginia. This region, which includes the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, is rich in biodiversity. It is a beautiful and fun place to explore!
A word about my process: When I find a plant that I haven’t encountered before, I use a digital camera to capture its identifying features: usually leaves, stems, flowers, and fruit. I then go home and try to identify it. If the plant makes its way onto the website, I post the photos, along with a bit of natural history information for that species. My overall goal is to help myself remember the information from year to year, and to help others (–maybe you?) who might be curious about such things.
After seven years of doing this, I wanted to organize my species list by season so that the website would be more useful. Blogging software (this is a WordPress site) organizes new posts by date, so the easiest way to sort all the entries was to change the date of each post to the same year. Consequently, even though it looks like I took all these photos in 2015, I did not. The website is still regularly updated. 🙂 More importantly, if you now scan the “All Flowers and Fungi” page, spring flowers are at the top of the list, followed by summer flowers in the middle, and fall species near the bottom.
Drop me a note if you have a comment or question, and please feel free to correct my I.D. work if you think I’ve got something misidentified. Botany is a hobby for me and I’m still learning!
One last note: each page contains a gallery-slideshow, so please be sure to click on the gallery to open a larger viewer.
If you would like to use one of my photographs for any reason, please contact me first by email (email@example.com). Thanks!
Welcome to Virginia Wildflowers! I hope you enjoy your visit!