HELP ON USING THE PHOTO GALLERY
Our photo gallery features include the ability to:
- search for photos of a
particular species, genus, or family
- search for a photographer
- create your own photo gallery--develop a photo
comparison page that allows you to view photos of different species or genera
on the same pages.
- Search for a species by colour
See below for a brief discussion on how to use each
1. Search for a species or genus
The E-Flora photo gallery has several search features. You can search for
a species by common name or by scientific name by typing in the names in the
appropriate search boxes. Or you can using our scrolling menu to select family or genus names to view. If you are searching by common name, here are a few tips:
Common names currently have no international standards and vary from publication to publication, and from region to region. This can make searching for a species by its common name challenging. If your search produces no results, try the following:
- If the common name has two words in it, try dropping the first one and searching for the second (probably more general) word. This may give you a return of many species that use that word, and yours could be among them.
- If your search still gives no return, try searching the web for your species
to find alternate common names for it, or check local publications to see what
name they give your species.
2. Search for a photographer
the scrolling menu in the search box at the bottom of the gallery page to
locate the photographer you are interested in.
3. Create your own photo gallery or comparison page
The photo comparison feature is a powerful E-Flora tool that allows you
to develop your own photo galleries in order to compare species, genera or
families of plants. Using it is quite simple, and it can be used in several ways: you
can select a series of photos to view, you can then modify this by removing
unwanted photos, and you can add more photos. To compare a series of photos:
Step 1: Select the photos you
wish to compare. Do this by clicking
the button beneath each photo that says "Select this photo". You can select
one or more photos from a page and/or you can select photos from multiple
through the gallery clicking on the selection button for all of the photos
you wish to compare. Keep in mind though that one gallery page will only display six photos. When you have made your selections, go to Step
2 below. If you select a photo by mistake, simply click on the "Clear this
selected photo" to deselect it.
Step 2: When you are ready to develop your own personal
comparison photo gallery, click on the button in the box at the bottom
of any photo gallery page that says "Show all selected photos". This will
produce a display of your selected photos. When you are finished viewing
your display and want to return to the main gallery, go to Step 3
3: You can clear your search by clicking on the button that says "Clear
all selected photos" in the create your own gallery box (at the bottom of the any gallery page). Use this button anytime in the gallery to clear
your selections and return to the full photo gallery.
To modify or change the photos in your comparison page
or personal photo gallery:
If you have created your own photo gallery or comparison page, but would
like to remove a photo in order to narrow your comparison, this is quite
click on the button immediately beneath the photo you wish to remove ( "Clear
this selected photo"), then go to Step 2 in the search box at the bottom
of the page and click again on the button that says "Show all Selected
will display your new selection. This will refresh your personal
gallery page and show you only the remaining selected photos.
At any time, if you wish to return to the full E-Flora photo gallery, and clear all of your photo selections, this
is quite simple. Click on the "Clear all selected photos" button. This will return you to the full gallery.
4. Search for a species by colour
Under our "search by common name" section in the photo gallery, you can enter a term such as 'yellow' and obtain a set of photographs of species that have yellow in their name. Thus, you can perform a search for a flower of a particular colour by entering the colour. While this will not catch all yellow-flowered plants, it will produce a fairly comprehensive selection most of the time, the exception being the colour "red". The letters "red" appear in many words, so this search captures more than just red flowers. We are presently working on a new identification section for E-Flora that will allow comprehensive searching by flower colour.
Please contact us
if you encounter any difficulties
or if you have any questions about the Photo Gallery.