Photography is fun! I particularly like photographing nature, whether landscapes, plants, animals, or just the moon in the sky. I am fortunate enough to live close to the Blue Ridge Parkway (hence the first part of my screen name) and some truly gorgeous scenery.
BlueRidgeKitties - View my 'landscape' photos on Flickriver

Another subject I photograph often are my cats (hence the last part of my screen name) and their antics. I also take pictures of the animals at the local shelter or pet fairs. It can be very rewarding to see cats being adopted because of the photographs you donated to a shelter or rescue.
BlueRidgeKitties - View my 'cat' photos on Flickriver

My camera serves a dual purpose for taking private pictures, but also photographing things for teaching and research. I'm studying Arabidopsis and teaching plant courses among other things, so you'll see quite a bit of greenery and flowery stuff in my photostream as well. Microscope images were taken at the botany lab or microscope facility at the university.
BlueRidgeKitties - View my 'botany' photos on Flickriver

Use of my images
One of the purposes of putting my pictures on Flickr is to make them available to other educators and scientists for use in teaching and research presentations. Please take note that I put a non-commercial share-alike license (Creative Commons) on many of my images to facilitate this. You may use these images freely for teaching purposes provided that you:
- give credit / provide a link back
- don't use them commercially (including ads)
- don't claim "all rights reserved" on modified versions you may create (you can't change the license)

Please also note: If you hotlink Flickr images elsewhere on the net (e.g. your blog), Flickr's terms of use require a link back to the original photo page on Flickr. I consider such a link sufficient attribution.

On some of my images I have "all rights reserved" and I ask that you please respect that. There is usually a reason for it (e.g. the image may have been taken on someone else's private property or show someone else's copyrighted work). If in doubt whether you can use an image, just contact me and ask.

Microscopy images
These pictures were mostly taken of the university's teaching collection of slides using microscopes and camera equipment at the university's microscope facility. They seem to be my most viewed/popular images. Unfortunately, they are not available for stock collections, nor do I have the full rights on them to grant commercial licenses. As an employee of the university, I have a chance to use the equipment for free, but usually there would be a usage fee involved, in particular for any commercial use. If you wish to use them for teaching purposes in your classroom, that's perfectly fine. Attribution should include the name of the university - please contact me for details if needed.

Pictures of people
I only post pictures of people if I am sure there are no privacy concerns. I assume this to be the case for pictures taken at public events where photography was expressly permitted. If however you find yourself in one of my images and feel uncomfortable with having it online, please let me know and I'll be happy to remove them.

My use of favorites
Different people use their favorites for different things. I appreciate comments and favorites on my images, but I mainly use my favorites to mark images that I think may be useful for teaching. So please understand: if I don't reciprocate your faving of my images, it doesn't mean I don't like your images. I love browsing through photos and will frequently comment or bookmark and return to images I like, I just like to reserve my favs page as a convenient repository for pictures I might come back to when prepping for class.

For group admins
Thank you for inviting me or my pictures to your groups! But please take note: I have come to dislike mandatory comment/award groups and won't join such groups any more. I have also grown a dislike of large and/or animated graphics in comments, so I avoid submitting pictures to groups that mandate using such comment codes. I may occasionally go through my images and delete comments that contain large or animated graphics. I will not join or add pictures to groups that have their content locked away as "members only" - I want to be able to see what I'm committing to before I join a group and the whole point of adding my images to groups is to share them with the public anyway. And lastly, I won't join or add pictures to groups that fall outside of my safety settings.

Group links
From time to time I clean up my group list because it is getting way too long. However, sometimes I may want to come back to a group, so this is basically just a long list of "bookmarks" to find them again. I wished Flickr had some way to better organize your groups!

Flickr stuff:

Admin Help - Assistance for Groups
Flickr Ideas
Flower macros, sunsets, & cats

Cameras, equipment, processing techniques:

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Macro & SuperMacro
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
CHDK for Canon SX10, SX20, SX30
Raynox's Close Up Lenses
Photoshop Support Group
DOF Stacking
Tilt-shift Miniature Fakes - TiltShiftMaker photos
QOOP - LULU Publications

Colors, patterns, shapes, photography styles and other artsy stuff:

Photography Critique

Black and White
Black and White HDR
Square Images of A Single Color
Complementary Colors
Green is Beautiful
Mellow Yellow
Prints of Darkness
Red Rule - The RED makes it (without dominating)
Something Blue

Natural Patterns, Shapes, and Textures
Hearts in Nature - Hearts of Nature
People Silhouettes
Squared Circle
Spiral Mandala
Spirals, twists and curls

ICM - Intentional Camera Movement
Tell a story in 5 frames (Visual story telling)

Caspar David Friedrich Inspiration
Fine Art & Gothic Botanical Portraiture
Minimalist Landscapes
Russian decorative art - small forms

Macro and close-ups:

An Awesome Close-Up (No People)
Close-Ups and Macros
Closer and Closer Macro Photography

Regional and travel:

Airplane Wings
Window seat please

Eastern US and North Carolina:

Eastern North America Nature
Georgia and Carolina Nature Shots
Beautiful NC
Panoramic North Carolina
North Carolina Sunsets/Sunrises
Waterfalls of the Carolinas

Western North Carolina
Blowing Rock, NC
Boone, NC

Hiking North Carolina
North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail


Appalachian Mountain Photos
Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains
Appalachian Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway - The Blue Ridge Parkway
Grandfather Mountain - Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend
Mt. Mitchell NC


Creative Commons Germany
Deutschland in Bildern
Panoramen aus Deutschland
Rural Europe

Frauenkirche Dresden

Schleswig Holstein

North Sea Oil and Gas
Salt marshes & green beaches of Europe
Wadden Sea - Wattenmeer
Nordzee - North Sea - Mer du Nord - Nordsee - Nordsee - North Sea - Ostsee - Baltic Sea


It came from the sea!
Lighthouse Lovers
Lighthouses of the World
Lighthouses worldwide
Shrimp Boats
Spezialschiffe - DGzRS

Cat stuff:

All Cats - No People
Cats Cats Cats
CAT Gato Chat Katze Gatto Kat Kot
Foto Cats
Cute Cat
I love my cat
Cat Couples - Cat Trios - Multiple Cats
Cat Century
Pet Cinerama

Cat Belly Lovers
Cat Eyes
Cat Portraits
Aged Cats

Action Cats
Cat Behavior
Cat Criminalz
Cats leaving the scene
Cats taking a bath
Created by Animals
Look what the cat dragged in!
My Cat is Evil and he is trying to take over the world.
Naughty Pets
Playful Cats
Seriously pi**ed off cats
Sleeping Cats

Car Cats
Cat Enclosures
Cats in Bags/Boxes
Cats in Bathtubs
Cats in Odd Places
Cats in Windows

Norwegian Forest Cats
Russian Blue
Siamese Cats and their Feline Brothers

Black & White Cats
Black Cats
Calico and Tortishell Cats
Gray Cats
Grey & White Cats
Orange Cats
Spotted Tabby Cats
Tabby Cats
Tuxedo Cats
White Cats

Animal Rescue
Rescued Pets
Looking for a home
Shelter Cats and Kittens Looking for Good Homes
Shelter Shots: Photographers Donating Photography to Shelters

Other animals:

Albino Animals - Different is beautiful (Animals with unorthodox colors)
Animal Closeups
Animal Eyes
Animal Migration
Backyard Wildlife - Garden Wildlife
Predator and Prey
Scary Animals
Signs of wildlife - Tracks and Scat
Stuff With No Legs


Bears of the World
Beavers Beavers Beavers
Chipmunks - Chipmunks and Squirrels - Squirrels
Deer - The Whitetail Deer
Dogs! Dogs! Dogs!
For the love of horses... - Wild Horses


Birds at Feeders
Birds of North Carolina
Canada Geese
Cardinals - The Bird
Carolina Wrens
Common Eider
Ducks - Duck Duck Goose
Eagles of the World
Finches and Sparrows
Great Crested Grebes
Juncos, Juncos, and more Juncos
Tufted Titmouse - The Bird
Wild Geese
Wild Turkey


Appalachian Salamanders
Reptiles & Amphibians
Reptiles & Amphibians of North America
Frogs, Frogs, Frogs - Frogs and Toads - Tadpoles
Snakes - Snakes Eastern North America

Fishy things:

Field Guide: Fish of the World
Stingrays - Manta rays - any rays

Insects and spiders:

Insect Identification Help Group
Insects and Spiders
Insect & Spider Videos
Insect Nests
Insects in love

Ants - The Secret Life of Ants
Bee Spotting - Honey & Bee
An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
Butterflies of Eastern USA - North Carolina Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars
Butterfly Color
Swallowtail Butterflies
Hoverflies of the world
Spiders - The Spider Web - Spider-ville - Spider Web

Other invertebrates:


Teaching resources and science stuff:

Life Sciences Teaching Resource
Encyclopedia of Life Images
ARKive - images of life on Earth
Eastern North America Nature
Georgia and Carolina Nature Shots
Nature Videos
Protected or Endangered Species
Invasive Species
Growing on Bare Rock
Botanical Morphology and Anatomy
Flower Mutations
Economic Botany
Pests & Diseases of Plants
Plant Health Images - Insect and Disease
Plant Galls
Symbiosis and Coevolution
Pollen Swapping
Pollination Nation
Viva Evolution!
The boneyard
Cell Biology
Optical Instruments and Optical Equipment
Molecular Biology
DNA mania
Optical Phantoms, Mirages and Illusions
Earth Science Teaching Resource

Biologists on Flickr
Creative Professors
Eye for Science
Mad Scientists - Mad Science
Science Nerd Depot
The Art of Science


Generic flower and plant groups:

Blue Flowers
Green Petals - green flowers only!
Multi-Colored Flowers
Pink Flowers
Purple Flowers
Red Flowers
Spotted Flowers
White Flowers Only
Yellow Flowers

Flower Center Macro
Flower Close-Ups
Flowers of Spring

Ant Plants - Myrmecodia and related genera
Carnivorous Plants
Leaves (No Trees Please!!!)
NO FLOWERS: Botanical close-ups
Parasitic Plants
Peculiar Plants
Plants that look out of this world!
Rare Plants of the World
Secret Life of Plants
Spring Bulbs
Toxic Plants
Wild Vines

Regional, Field Guides, ID help:

ID Me - Please help ID this - What plant is that?

Identified Plants Directory - Botany group
Plant Family Recognition
Wildflower Field Guide, North America
UBCBG Botany Photo of the Day

NC Flowers
North Carolina Native Plants
Tennessee Native Plants
Wildflowers of Eastern US
Wildflowers of the Appalachians
Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains

Flowering Plants - species, families, etc:

Bleeding Hearts
Bromeliaceae - Bromeliads
Calla Lily
Daffodil World
Euphorbia - Euphorbiaceae
Iris Flowers
Liliacaea and its relatives
Milkweed (Asclepias spp.) - The Milkweed Zoo
Mint Family... Lamiaceae
Onagraceae (excluding Fuchsia hybrids)
Pansies and Violas
Pea Family / Fabaceae
Poison Ivy
Ranunculaceae - wildflowers
Rosaceae (The Rose Family) - Roses - A Rose - A Queen in itself...
Scophulariaceae Phrymaceae
St. John's Wort
The Bluebells Photo Group
Trillium appreciation
Urticaceae (stinging nettle family)

Non-flowering plants:

Moss - Moss and Lichen - Mosses & Liverworts
Fern Allies
Equisetum, the horsetail
just ferns... - Fiddleheads

Trees and shrubs:

Azaleas and Rhododendrons

Field Guide to Trees of the World
Field Guide: Flowering Trees of the World

Apple blossom
Hamamelidaceae (witch hazel family)
Tulip Tree Blossoms
Genus Acer - Maples
Oak Trees: The Quercus Club

Tree Photos
Tree Pics
Trees in Flower
Trees in Mist
Tree Silhouettes
Lonely Tree
Autumn Leaves - Fall Foliage
Tree Barks
Dead Trees

Fruits, seeds, herbs and veggies:

Edible Flowers and Herbs
Medicinal, Aromatic and Wild (or rare) Edible Plants
Herbs & Spices
Spice and herbs of the world

Apples from Mother Nature
Beans, Beans and Beans
Berries and fruit
Everything Strawberries
Great Grains
Hot Peppers / Food

Seed heads / seed pods / berries
The Germination Station

Not actually plants:


Mushrooms, fungus, moss, mold, and growths!
Mushroom Anatomy 101
Mycelium Running
I love... mold...!?
Slime Molds

Up in the sky:

Sunsets & Sunrises around the world
Sonnenuntergang am Meer

Clouds & Sunrays
Crepusclular Rays

Moon & Moonscapes - The Moon (current photos only)
The Planet Venus

Weather and seasons:

World Weather Phenomena (Event)
Wind Turbine / Windenergieanlage / Windpark / Wind Farm
Fog and Rain
Snow - The Main Subject - Snow, Snow, Snow!
Ice Storms
Ice is nice!
Natural Ice Formations

Fall Into Autumn
Winter Sea


Running Water
Water Drops
Water Drops, Flowers and Plants
Water on Flowers/Plants
Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks
World of Water Drops
World Waterfall Database

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August 2009