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 (3)
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- Systematic Botany (not for "pretty flower images") 1,094 photos, 251 members
- Flowers, Plants and Trees of Thailand 1,607 photos, 91 members
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- CONVOLVULACEAE 1,010 photos, 44 members
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- Zingiberales 1,570 photos, 98 members
- Forests of Eastern Australia Biodiversity Hotspot 2,471 photos, 42 members
- Bamboo Bambu 竹 9,298 photos, 3,503 members
- Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney 460 photos, 68 members
- The Persoonia Genus - An Australian Endemic 191 photos, 23 members
- Weeds of Australia 866 photos, 36 members
- ID Please 13,808 photos, 986 members
- Goodeniaceae 940 photos, 35 members
- Ficus species of the world 772 photos, 53 members
- Blue Mountains Native Plants 411 photos, 35 members
- Malvaceae 3,522 photos, 163 members
- Tropical Fruits 1,505 photos, 435 members
- Xanthorrhoea - Grass Trees - Blackboys 361 photos, 52 members
- All about Trees, Arboriculture, and Tree Care. 28,293 photos, 1,748 members
- Where in the world are you: Queen Victoria 866 photos, 161 members
- Rhamnaceae 478 photos, 48 members
- Agathis 163 photos, 16 members
- Gymnostoma 107 photos, 16 members
- Lycophytes, Psilophytes, Sphenophytes. Fern Allies. 794 photos, 122 members
- Botanical Morphology and Anatomy 3,456 photos, 392 members
- Impatiens 1,362 photos, 124 members
- Moraceae 1,043 photos, 94 members
- Seaside Gardens & Plants that Fit 2,482 photos, 120 members
- AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST TREES 627 photos, 56 members
- Panasonic G1 28,624 photos, 862 members
- Vitaceae (wild) 316 photos, 21 members
- Terrestrial Bromeliads 974 photos, 90 members
- GeoTagging Flickr 176,824 photos, 7,057 members
- Orobanchaceae 7,364 photos, 302 members
- PLANT [directory] 植物 310,250 photos, 16,347 members
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- Khao Yai National Park 283 photos, 60 members
- Encyclopedia of Life Images 344,435 photos, 4,147 members
- Name that Plant! (scientific & common names required) 1,273 photos, 70 members
- Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens 1,270 photos, 97 members
- Araliaceae 936 photos, 44 members
- Field Guide: Australian Native Plants 23,366 photos, 355 members
- Euphorbia 3,964 photos, 364 members
comfortable clover 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."
June 30th, 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"
April 8th, 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."
July 2nd, 2008
- Tony Rodd
- May 2007
- Sydney, Australia
- I am:
- Male and Taken