This website is just a hobby of mine. I hike and photograph wild flowers, then identify and read up on them in books. I have also studied botany (independently) and have almost given up trying to take micrographs of plant cells with a microscope. See the menu for a list of my published hikes and a record of the flowers I have spotted.
A glossary (a few hours reading then you are off!).
Although I have quite a lot of equipment (see menu), you only really need 3 things to start flower spotting, that is, a wild flower key, a smart phone with camera and a flower identifying app. It is very important to note that you DO NOT need in any way to do any laborious study to start flower spotting, all you have to do is to get familiar with the ‘lingo’ of plants and flowers. This is accomplished by simply reading the glossary of a wild flower key, such as The Wild Flower Key, by Francis Rose. Reading a glossary will only take a few hours and is the only requirement of flora spotting. Learning the ‘lingo’ of plants and flowers allows you to use wild flower keys which are reference books (not to be read cover to cover), allowing you to read up on the plants you have spotted. What a valuable hobby that gets you into real scientific language with only a few hours reading! To reiterate, concerning flora spotting, a few hours reading and then you are off!