Photography by Lincoln Nutting*
Flowering Plants of Western New York State is a portfolio of 495 photographs of flowering plants growing without cultivation in Western New York state. Most of the photographs are of wildflowers, but the portfolio also features flowering shrubs and vines. Some species are represented by more than one photograph.
The portfolio is non-technical resource intended for use by the general public, educators, students, and naturalists. The portfolio employs the two most popular field guides to the flora of the Northeastern United States; Wildflowers of Northeastern/North Central North America (Roger Tory Peterson, 1968) and the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Lawrence Newcomb, 1977).
The photographs are arranged alphabetically by their technical name. To find a photograph of a plant, first look up its technical name in either the Petersen or Newcomb field guides.
For example, you want a photograph of the wildflower, Carolina spring beauty. The plant is treated on page 32 in Peterson; its technical name is Claytonia caroliniana. Below these directions are links to several galleries of photographs. Each gallery has two guide words analagous to those at the top of a page in a dictionary. You select a gallery based on the generic (first) name of you want; in this example, Claytonia. Open the gallery and advance through the photographs until you arrrive at Claytonia caroliniana.
There are buttons for getting more information about a photograph, for downloading individual photgraphs or the entire portfolio, starting a slide show, and sharing the image.
The photographs are without copyright, and anyone can download an image or images from the portfolio without charge. Please credit Lincoln Nutting, the Eckert Herbarium, and Buffalo State College.
Additional Non-technical Resources
Plants of the Northeastern United States: thismia.com/index.html
Missouri Plants: missouriplants.com
Minnesota Wildflowers: www.minnesotawildflowers.info
Born in Wellesley, MA, and educated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Lincoln Nutting, Linc to his friends, came to Western New York in 1941 to work in the chemical industry in Niagara Falls. In his spare time, he pursued his interests in nature and photography, earning respect and praise for his photographs of insects. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr. Nutting assembled the portfolio of Kodachrome slides of common local wildflowers and shrubs presented here. Linc maintained active memberships in the Buffalo Audubon Society, the Buffalo Ornithological Society, and the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society and was a long time supporter of the Central/Western New York chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Mr. Nutting died in 2014.
The Eckert Herbarium and Department of Biology thanks Bruce Fox, University Photographer, and Kaylene Waite, Senior Graphic and Web Designer, for their assitance in the creation of the portfolio and web page.
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