YOU MUST EXAMINE PLANTS  CLOSELY TO RELIABLY IDENTIFY THEM.  PATIENCE, ATTENTION-TO-DETAIL AND THE METHODICAL APPROACH OF A 'PLANT DETECTIVE', ARE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS TO SUCCESSFULLY  ARRIVE AT AN IDENTIFICATION WHICH CAN BE RELIED UPON. QUALITY RATHER THAN QUANITITY IS WHAT MATTERS. TOO MANY 'HIMALAYAN' PLANTS ARE HASTILY  MISIDENTIFIED.  THIS WEB-SITE SHOWS YOU THE CORRECT APPROACH BY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE WONDERS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY  COMBINED WITH CHRIS' OWN HARD-WON KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO RELIABLY IDENTIFY PLANTS, BUILT UP OVER SOME 45 YEARS - THOUGH BE WARNED, IT TAKES TIME AND EFFORT TO ACCUMULATE THE NECESSARY SKILL, COMBINED WITH DEDICATION TO CONSISTENTLY PHOTOGRAPH PLANTS TO THE REQUIRED STANDARD.  EXPERTISE IS NOT ACQUIRED OVERNIGHT, TAKING YEARS, IF NOT DECADES TO BUILD UP.  IT IS NOT A QUICK NOR EASY PROCESS. YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO LOCATE PLANTS IN THE WILD OR CULTIVATION (IF OF KNOWN PROVENANCE) STUDYING THEM INTENSIVELY AND KNOWING HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH THEM TO A HIGH STANDARD, SUCH THAT YOU CAN CONSISTENTLY TAKE CLOSE-UPS (IN FOCUS) OF ALL THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF EACH SPECIES, NOT JUST A SMALL NUMBER OF POOR-QUALITY IMAGES SNAPPED ON THE WRONG TYPE OF CAMERA, WHICH  FREQUENTLY END UP OUT-OF-FOCUS, REVEALING INSUFFICIENT DETAIL.  CHRIS IS PREPARED TO GUIDE ENTHUSIASTS ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO IMPROVE THEIR BOTANICAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND PLANT IDENTIFICATION SKILLS.  A GOOD STARTING POINT IS TO CAREFULLY STUDY AND DIGEST THE PAGES OF THE TOP HALF OF THIS WEB-SITE.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT CHRIS: chrischadwell261@btinternet.com.  THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVOLUTIONISE THE IDENTIFICATION OF HIMALAYAN FLORA BUT CHRIS NEEDS HELP TO IMPROVE COVERAGE.

'West Himalayan Blue-poppy' (MECONOPSIS  ACULEATA) in Himachal Pradesh

Chris Chadwell admiring SALVIA HIANS in Himachal Pradesh

 Chris Chadwell's web-site, see: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/home

Himalayan Plant Association details, see: https://sites.google.com/a/shpa.org.uk/main/latest-situation

A high pass in the Trans-Himalaya between Rupshu and Lahaul

PRIMULA  ELLIPTICA on a pass between Kashmir and Kishtwar

A high pass in the North-West Himalaya

Expanse of CREMANTHODIUM  DECAISNEI on a pass in Himachal Pradesh

Negotiating a land-slide in the Trans-Himalaya

'The Sacred Lotus of India' (NELUMBO  NUCIFERA) growing in a Kashmir Lake

Village of irrigated field in the Upper Indus Valley, Ladakh

WALDHEIMIA, SAUSSUREA, RHODIOLA and PRIMULA on a high pass in Ladakh

SWERTIA  PETIOLATA

A Gompa (Tibetan Monastery) in Ladakh

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