I have recording and photographing wild flowers for over three years now, around 340 species have been recorded. But I have got to the stage were I want to be better at recording.
For example we all know what a Forget-me- not looks like.
But did you know there are 200 species in the genus, only those native to the Northern hemisphere are commonly called Forget-me-not. Many are popular in gardens, preferring moist habitats. In areas where they are not native, they have frequently escaped to wetlands and riverbanks.
You might have seen..
Changing..Creeping..Early..Field..Great..Jersey..Pale.. Tufted..Upright..Alpine..Water and Wood here in the UK
all looking lovely but I would like to tell them apart.
As a rule I can see if a plant looks a little different, to what I have all ready photographed. I will look through wild flower book (I have plenty) use the internet and if that fails I will put it on iSpot.
We just looked at plants you see everyday. We looked at "family" groups, parts of the plant, how some plants got their name. How there is some plants rare in the Bradford area as they came in with the Cotton trade, best of all was were to find Bee orchids in June.
It's all about recording what you see
and the "Keys"
it's like learning a new language, I understood it all when I was there but as soon as I sat back in my car...
...lost it, all gone !
Harry recommended books to read, I had some but did order