Plant obsessive, also a botanist with long experience in practical taxonomy, I am interested in all the world's plants (at least the seed plants and ferns) though most familiar with Australian plants.
Worked in the 60s, 70s and early 80s in the Herbarium at Sydney Botanic Gardens (officially "Royal Botanic Gardens", but I'm a republican!) identifying and cataloging plants in living collections as well as herbarium curation and fielding public enquiries. Was given valuable instruction in principles and practice of taxonomy by the late Lawrie Johnson, one of Australia's greatest ever taxonomists.
Later involved in consulting, writing and supplying photos for publishers of horticultural reference books, including "Botanica" and "Flora", also rewriting plant articles in The Australian Encyclopaedia. I guess I have had upward of 3,000 of my photos reproduced in books, and in the 80s sometimes made a good part of my income from picture sales.
Since the late 70s have been a compulsive plant photographer, piling up around 60,000 transparencies before I went entirely digital in 2003. Since then, have shot something over 50,000 images, nearly all still kept, at high resolution, on hard drives of ever-increasing capacity.
You may notice each of my shots has a number in its title. The first part of the number is a self-sorting date format that allows me to go back to the similarly numbered folder on my hard drive. The second part is the camera-generated photo number, stripped of any prefixes and suffixes, which allows me to locate the original picture file within the folder.
The guiding principle in all my plant photography is illustration rather than photographic art. And the most important thing to me is being able to put names to the subjects with as high a degree of botanical accuracy as possible -- though I accept that naming sometimes proceeds by successive approximations, with even some errors along the way.
Concerning my pictures in Flickr, I have absolutely no interest in having them judged on artistic merit, so please do not bother to comment if that is your only interest in them. As for all those gimmicky "awards" with flashy icons . . . don't get me started!!
I give frequent attention to the groups What Plant is That? and ID Please! and supply many identifications (occasionally wrong ones!). Generally I don't provide identifications for shots that are also submitted to numerous "mutual admiration" groups, as in my experience most such photographers are not interested in the plant's name and rarely acknowledge my contribution ("pearls before swine"!).
Note that my shots are all Creative Commons, set at one of the less restrictive levels. I am happy that they may be useful in as many ways as possible, with attribution of course, BUT . . . . if used for a purely commercial purpose, then I expect my permission to be requested and a reproduction fee discussed.
Tony Rodd's favorite photos from other Flickr members (2)
- Species Roses 288 photos, 17 members
- Vireyas 94 photos, 9 members
- plant, shrub, tree, identification 630 photos, 143 members
- Sandstone 2,626 photos, 206 members
- Systematic Botany (not for "pretty flower images") 834 photos, 174 members
- Flowers, Plants and Trees of Thailand 830 photos, 35 members
- Ferns 6,257 photos, 754 members
- CONVOLVULACEAE 596 photos, 18 members
- Blue Mountains Eucalypts 26 photos, 12 members
- Zingiberales 765 photos, 77 members
- Forests of Eastern Australia Biodiversity Hotspot 1,637 photos, 30 members
- Bamboo Bambu 竹 8,504 photos, 3,437 members
- Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney 288 photos, 46 members
- The Persoonia Genus - An Australian Endemic 132 photos, 19 members
- Weeds of Australia 686 photos, 11 members
- ID Please 8,243 photos, 835 members
- Goodeniaceae 256 photos, 12 members
- Ficus species of the world 730 photos, 27 members
- Blue Mountains Native Plants 185 photos, 23 members
- Leichhardt - Municipality of Leichhardt 944 photos, 89 members
- Malvaceae 1,764 photos, 96 members
- Tropical Fruits 1,583 photos, 415 members
- Xanthorrhoea - Grass Trees - Blackboys 125 photos, 19 members
- All about Trees, Arboriculture, and Tree Care. 16,587 photos, 1,609 members
- Where in the world are you: Queen Victoria 675 photos, 131 members
- Rhamnaceae 274 photos, 32 members
- Agathis 135 photos, 13 members
- Gymnostoma 83 photos, 15 members
- Fern Allies 625 photos, 83 members
- Botanical Morphology and Anatomy 3,358 photos, 312 members
- Impatiens 573 photos, 104 members
- Moraceae 758 photos, 72 members
- Seaside Gardens & Plants that Fit 2,434 photos, 113 members
- AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST TREES 285 photos, 31 members
- Panasonic G1 29,040 photos, 897 members
- Vitaceae (wild) 157 photos, 12 members
- Terrestrial Bromeliads 300 photos, 52 members
- GeoTagging Flickr 109,904 photos, 6,798 members
- Orobanchaceae 5,710 photos, 244 members
- PLANT [directory] 植物 180,120 photos, 12,700 members
- Cyperaceae 605 photos, 57 members
- Khao Yai National Park 127 photos, 28 members
- Encyclopedia of Life Images 199,448 photos, 3,527 members
- Name that Plant! (scientific & common names required) 1,180 photos, 64 members
- Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens 1,180 photos, 87 members
- Araliaceae 312 photos, 25 members
- Field Guide: Australian Native Plants 19,239 photos, 255 members
- Euphorbia 2,450 photos, 294 members
- Sydney's Inner West 20,899 photos, 626 members
- Echeveria 2,267 photos, 256 members
Ludovic Hirlimann says:
"I would like to Thanks tony for all the good work he's been doing identifying plants from my photo stream (specially when you know that most of these where from Northen based countries). Thanks a lot."
30th June, 2010
"You rarely find people as precious as Tony Rodd these days. Helping people with ID's, and showing great respect to their work. It's been an honor to me to have this great personality in the Flickr world. God bless you.
Muhammad Al Shanfari"
8th April, 2010
"Tony has been a terrific friend on flickr. His knowledge of wildflowers is seemingly inexhaustible, even that of a region very remote from his own."
2nd July, 2008
- Tony Rodd
- May 2007
- Sydney, Australia
- I am:
- Male and Taken