I am a hiker whose curiosity about the wildflowers I see along the trails in Washington State led to the purchase of a digital camera in 2001 and a compulsion to photograph every type of flower I see in the wild. I am especially fascinated by the details I have discovered through the macro photography of very small flowers. (The actual size of Fringecup, the flower below, is only 1/2 inch across. To see greater detail, click on the photo. By clicking again you can see even greater detail.)
To learn more about the wildflowers I photographed, I bought numerous wildflower books, searched the internet, joined the Washington Native Plant Society, and introduced native plants into my garden. I have more than 120 different species growing there now. I designed and directed the planting of a native plant garden at an elementary school. There are more than 120 different species growing there, at least 20 of which are not growing in my garden.
My collection of wildflower photographs now numbers in the tens of thousands. It seems such a waste to keep them all to myself. Setting up this website is a way to share them with others and it encourages me to do a more thorough study of the plants. I love to do research, so this project is a perfect fit.
Use these pages as a picture book, an introduction to the study of wildflowers, or a research tool. The “teacher” in me hopes you will not only enjoy the beauty of the flowers, but will be stimulated to learn more about the wildflowers you see around you, wherever in the world you live or travel.
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I hope you enjoy your time exploring Wildflowers by Donna and welcome comments and suggestions. You can contact me at