A few years ago I took to hunting for wildflowers along the Billy Goat B and Billy Goat C trails in C&O Canal NHP, along the Potomac River in Maryland. For awhile I just enjoyed the view, but then I started trying to identify the plants, which led to a few book purchases, which led to the creation of a spreadsheet. And then I started photographing the plants with an iPhone, which led to buying a real camera (Nikon D3200), which later led to a better camera (Nikon D750). And then my friends got tired of hearing me talk about it and told me to start a blog, so here it is.

Between February and October of 2013 I identified over 200 species, and found a few dozen more that I couldn’t quite figure out. In 2014 I identified 353 species. In 2015 I slacked off a bit and found fewer than 300, but I did find some new things, including one plant listed as S1 in Maryland. 2016 was more about photographing flowers than finding new ones.

In addition to the Potomac Gorge, I spend time on the Cabin John Trail, and occasionally other areas along the Potomac or in the Maryland Piedmont. And whenever I travel, I make at least a little time for botanizing.

When researching I start with the following books:

  • Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Wildflowers in the Field and Forest (A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States) by Steven Clemants and Carol Gracie (Oxford University Press)
  • Peterson Field Guides Wildflowers (Northeastern/North-central North America) by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny (Houghton Mifflin Company)

A few particularly useful websites:

And, finally, a wonderful work-in-progress that I’m proud to play a small part in:

I am not a botanist. If you believe I’ve misidentified a plant or made any mistake, please leave a (detailed) comment.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Elisabeth, it was nice to meet you today. If you wish, I think it would be interesting to share information on wildflowers and photography. You blog is fun and informative so thanks for posting it. 301-229-0195

  2. I attempted to send you and three other people on the MNPS Discussion Group a friend request for FaceBook. I think I succeeded on two of them but I don’t think yours got through. If it didn’t and you’re interested, please send me a friend request. I thought you might like to see the all white Showy Orchis.

  3. A delightful read … I chuckled as you sunk deeper and deeper into plants and photography. (What a great place to spend time!) Thanks too for the references and resources.

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