This site was originally started over a decade ago. At the time, I started with a cheap Olympus point-and-shoot and computers and internet connections were still quite slow to load graphics-heavy pages. Due to these factors, the site was done in a relatively small picture format. Now, as I am taking pictures on much better equipment and pages can now be downloaded quite fast by most internet devices. At the time, I also built the site on old code for its time, and never really bothered to clean it up. Most of the original work on the site was done in its early few years and the site has remained completely dormant for years.
We are now making a push to update the site in multiple ways, particularly including the following:
1. I have been putting up better pictures both by taking new pictures and by "remastering" the few photos I was able to find saved from the early days. This will double the size of the average picture in the main section of the site. Some will be hard to replace, as there are things which I have only seen a few times and a few things I have only ever noticed once. Old photos will remain throughout but will be phased out as new ones are posted. Better pictures have already been added to over a hundred entries. It turns out that scanning technology has not progressed as far as we had hoped and our attempts at scanning plants have been less impressive than we had hoped.
I took a break from working on photo editing for a couple months because it turns out to not be that good for my hands but work has resumed. I have also not done much photography because of the cold, both for it having killed most herbaceous plants as well as for it making it less pleasurable to be out looking for things.
2. I have been looking to expand the species count. I have been taking as many chances as I can to search for plants. As of 10/27/16, entries have been added for Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus), Longspine Sandbur (Cenchrus longispinus), Fall Panicum (Panicum dichotomiflorum), Yellow Foxtail (Setaria pumila), Big Devil's Beggarticks (Bidens vulgata), Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) and Smooth Cliffbrake (Pellaea glabella). A few others are in the works. Some are not identified with certainty and others I don't have decent quality pictures to use.
I am planning on starting a "tip-line" e-mail account some time before spring. I will post the species that we are looking for so that anyone who spots such a plant on publicly accessible land, can inform us of it's location.
3. A few questionable identifications need to be confirmed. If they cannot be confirmed, they will be deleted. It is probably only so severe in one or two cases that an entry might be deleted. A few mistakes have been corrected. Particularly, it was noted that the index picture for Bidens bipinnata was another Bidens species.
4. Erin is working on reworking the site's code. This will hopefully allow for better navigation and will allow for the use of search tools.