About the Photographer
 
I grew up next to the ocean in Bermuda, moved with my family to Virginia, and attended schools there and in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Massachusetts.  I spent sixteen months in Vietnam during the war as part of my Army service.  I worked as a volunteer in the Paleontology lab at the La Brea Tar Pits museum for 25 years.  I participated in researching wild orangutans during three Earthwatch projects in Indonesian Borneo, and then was a tour guide at the Los Angeles Zoo for six years.  I have traveled to and done extensive photography in such places as Chile and Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the Big Island of Hawaii, most of Western Europe, and the North Pole which I visited on the Russian nuclear icebreaker Yamal in 1994.  I have been studying the native vegetation of southern California for about twenty years, and have also botanized in Virginia, Death Valley, the White Mountains and the eastern Sierras. I have taken many classes, dozens of field trips with botanists from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Joshua Tree Institute, the Jepson Herbarium, CNPS, and UC Riverside, and some hundreds of field trips on my own all over southern California.  I am a long-time fan of science fiction, Firesign Theater, travel writing, Russian history, Bob and Ray, bluegrass music, W.C. Fields, mystery novels and all things Irish.  I am married to a TV comedy writer and I have a daughter who is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. who is now like her mother a TV comedy writer. We have two basset hounds, Mamie and Pearl, an insanely cute shelter mutt named Charles, and a Pomeranian, Maisi.




Photo Galleries
Flora of Bermuda

Flora of Southern Africa
Wildflowers of Ireland
Voyage to the North Pole
Trees of Southern California
Aloes of the Huntington Gardens

Wild Places of Southern California
Megafauna of Kruger National Park
Fall-Blooming Plants of the East Mojave

California Plant Names: Latin and Greek
Meanings and Derivations

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles Arboretum
Wildflowers and Other Plants of Southern California
The Eponym Dictionary of Southern African Plants
The Primate Nooz