As an amateur photographer who specializes in flowering plants (and small critters), I tend to carry quite a few field guides with me on my very frequent wonderings with camera and dog. Newcomb's guide has been in the past, and continues to be one source I continually turn to when I come across a flowering plant giving me "name that plant" problems. The book is well designed, easy to use, has wonderful drawings and wonder descriptions. I personally feel the many black and white drawings add to the usefulness of the book as they are much more exact and detailed than many of the guides I use with actual color photographs. The book is compact and fits well into my field kit with the other guides I carry. I would hate to be without it. Highly recommend this one.
The author's system allows even amateurs like me to quickly and accurately identify wildflowers. It is as simple as answering five questions which point the user to the appropriate page in the book where the flower is described and pictured. The text is great. The first sentence of each description distinguishes that plant from all others in that group. If you are looking for a wildflower guide, they do not get better than this one.
Retirement does not suit me and I now substitute teach in our local schools system. I spent twenty years in the military, twenty years in health care as a consultant and have taught in various colleges … more
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