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Orchid and Flower Photography and Talks by Ron Parsons

Ron Parsons, photographing Calochortus spatulatus, along the road from Temascaltepec to Toluca, Mexico September 2007

Ron Parsons, photographing native orchids, El Dorado County, CA


Ron Parsons is considered by many to be one of the finest flower photographers in the United States. His photography and encyclopedic knowledge of orchids is known both nationally and internationally. He has been photographing orchids, wildflowers, and almost every other kind of plant for over 25 years, and has a slide collection that numbers well over 80,000 slides! Ron loves to travel, photograph orchids and wildflowers in situ, visit orchid and other plant enthusiasts collections, and most of all, to take photographs of plants and flowers that he likes.

Ron's photos have been featured in journal articles, book covers, and in several books. Please see the publications page of this website for more information about his books and journal articles. If you are interested in using any of Ron's photographs in a book or journal article, please contact Ron-he has many different shots of thousands of different orchid species and wildflowers, as well as many other plants. All photographs on this website are © Ron Parsons and can only be used with permission from Ron.

Photogallery-An amazing collection of Ron's photos of various flowering plants, grouped by family. This will be updated on a regular basis, so check back frequently!

Last update: February 10 , 2008

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Lecture Topics


Cattleya maxima


Ron is a popular speaker, and gives talks frequently on variety of orchid-related topics, as well as on California wildflowers, cacti and succulents, carnivorous plants, gesneriads and bromeliads. If interested in his lecture topics, see the lecture page of this web site for more information and links to sample photographs and lecture descriptions. Ron is often asked to present the "show and tell" plants at orchid meetings-he is always full of up to date taxonomic information, culture requirements, and other little known facts about the species and hybrids that members bring in.

Ron's talks feature his beautiful color slides of the subject matter, in-depth information, and first-hand knowledge about the species discussed.

If your group or society is interested in one or more of Ron's lecture topics or require additional information, please see the contact information page of this website.

Pecteilis hawkesiana

Other Topics

Ron Parsons, photographing the elusive Calochortus macrocarpus in Modoc County, CA. July 2006


Not only does Ron photograph plants, but he has been growing orchids, cacti, and bromeliads for over thirty years, and carnivorous plants for ten. He grows an assortment of cool growing species under lights at his home in South San Francisco and a few more at an unheated greenhouse at his parents home in Burlingame. His collection is beautifully grown, and often the plants featured in his talks are from his own collection. He willingly shares his knowledge about plant habitats and suggestions for culture with all who are interested.

Ron Parsons is a member of the San Francisco Orchid Society, The Peninsula Orchid Society, The Orchid Society of California, and the Bay Area Pleurothallid Alliance. Ron is also a member of the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society, and the American Gesneriad Society of San Francisco.

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