Many books and websites are used to identify the plants, including:

“Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas” by Correll & Johnston 

“Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country” by Marshall Enquist

"Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi

"Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey

“Cacti of Texas” by Michael Powell, James Weedin and Shirley Powell

“Rare Plants of Texas” by Poole, Carr, Price and Singhurst

“Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas" by Shinner & Mahler

USDA Plants - plants.usda.gov/java/

Integrated Taxonomic Information System - www.itis.gov

Biota of North America Program - www.bonap.org

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  - www.wildflower.org 

Southwest Environmental Information Network - swbiodiversity.org

Wildflower Search - www.wildflowersearch.com

Southwest Desert Flora - southwestdesertflora.com/index.html

The American Southwest - www.americansouthwest.net

Image Archive of Central Texas Plants - www.sbs.utexas.edu

Catnapin Collections - www.catnapin.com

Texas Cacti - thehibbitts.net/Cactus

Bennie Simpson’s Texas Native Shrubs - aggie horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs

Wildflowers of the Southern Rocky Mountains - www.rockymountainsflora.com

Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and Plants - www.fireflyforest.com

Southwest Desert Flora - southwestdesertflora.com

Photo Equipment and Processing: 

All of the photographs were taken with digital cameras, primarily Nikon DSLRs, including D70, D200, D300S and (currently) D810. Most DSLR photos were taken with a Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom macro lens. Other cameras used include aim-and-shoots Canon SD650, Nikon P7000 and Sony RSX-100III, and iPhone 6 and 7 Plus.  Beginning in 2016, I've been doing focus stacking with the D810 and the 70-180mm lens, using the focussing barrel or a Kirk FR-2 focussing rail.

Most photos were taken with natural light; however, many of the close-up shots were made using a Nikon RC1 macro flash system.

Almost all photos are shot with camera RAW file format and developed and converted to JPEGs on a Macintosh computer with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop (to a limited extent) and Color Efex4 Pro software. For the focus stacks I use Helicon Focus software to process the images. 

The processing steps consist of first identifying the plants and organizing them into collections in Lightroom and adding keywords. The photos are cropped and exposures/contrasts adjusted before converting to JPEGs and uploaded to my website using Sandvox web development software.


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© Tom Lebsack 2019