Hi! Thank you for dropping by my website.
You can call me Kwan. I live in Singapore, a small island state in Southeast Asia, since day one of my existence. Setting up and managing this website is a hobby of mine. Considering that I need to work for a living and run a family, I can only indulge in this hobby in my free time, which is really not much.
Nature has kept me fascinated and entertained when I was a kid, though for a different set of reasons. Since joining the rat race, I have lost touch with nature for many years until the birth of this website in 2007, which rekindled my early year's passion and thereby began the next lap of my nature journey.
Hope you will enjoy the pictures and information shared!
Having a good idea is great. But doing nothing about it will confine it to just a thought that will soon be forgotten. This website started from a simple idea of wanting to consolidate plant pictures and display them in some kind of order for ease of reference. The idea was simple but the work that came after became a test of perseverance. Like any journey, I cannot predict what is ahead with this piece of work. So, I will let nature take its course while I continue to observe and share its wonderful display.
This website was born in July 2007. The initial plan was to set up a plant pictorial database to archive the photos taken by me over time. As it happened that I live in Singapore, most plant pictures are therefore from this country, though I have also included some plants in other countries where I visited. The Plant Observatory began with 249 plants and 985 pictures from my old picture archive before July 2007. As of this update, it housed 15,081 pictures from 1870 plants in the Plant Pictorial Database alone. To facilitate the look up of the plants, the pictures arrangement can be broadly categorised into 2 groups.
While taking picture of plants, I also took pictures of animals, usually small ones (minibeasts) that crossed my path. In March 2011, I decided to gradually share these minibeast pictures in a separate section of this website which I named The Minibeast Observatory. Currently, I am not tracking the number of pictures over at the minibeast corner. Currently, this section includes the following minibeast groupings: Butterfly, Spider, True Bug (1), True Bug (2), Beetle, Ant & Bee & Wasp, Cricket & Grasshopper & Katydid, Cockroach, Snail and Slug.
In addition, I have 3 nature series where I shared my thoughts and observation on nature.
Starting this website is a personal interest that allows me to share my findings and thoughts on nature with the world. It will always be a learning journey for me but at my own pace, thus allowing me the time to enjoy the beauty of nature and also preserve them in special moments of time in the pictures.
All the pictures in this website are taken by me and hence, owned by me.
Until now, I have only used the simple point-and-shoot (compact) camera to take the pictures. Compact camera fit my need well as it is light and easy to carry around especially when I move over long distance and combat challenging terrain. My first compact camera was a bulky Sony T72 acquired in 2003. Below is a display of the cameras that I have used over the years. I am now on my fifth compact camera (not display below).
Providing details of each photo is not possible considering the volume of pictures and my other commitments in life. If you are really keen to know the details of a particular photo, write to me and quote the DSC number of that photo.
Good quality photos of a plant at different stages of its life and its parts (e.g. flower, leaf, fruit, etc.) are very useful in the identification of a plant. Due to various limitations, the quality of some pictures may not be as good as I would like them to be. Pictures may be replaced with newer and better quality ones or new pictures of existing plants may be added when they become available. I have set up a page to display the 12 most recently added plants.
I DO NOT display pictures taken by others as I prefer to keep this website as a private depository of pictures taken by me.
If you have a chance to read the sections above, you will know that I own this website and all the pictures in it. You may use or display the pictures for non-commercial purpose provided that you place the copyright notice (i.e. © www.NatureLoveYou.sg) next to or on the pictures itself (see examples below). Alternatively, you can indicate the source of the photo (i.e. www.NatureLoveYou.sg) prominently at an appropriate location of your article or website.
Whichever way you choose to acknowledge the source of the pictures, it is always a good practice to write to me and provide the following information for my record. Your definition of "non-commercial purpose" may differ from mine.
The use or display of the pictures for commercial purpose is NOT allowed without first seeking my permission. This includes using the pictures in printed publications for commercial purpose or on commercially-oriented websites. If you want to use the pictures for such purposes, please write to me. I am happy to discuss the terms and conditions with you on their usage.
If you use the pictures without indicating the source, it gives others an impression that they belong to you. Such action is similar to stealing. Unfortunately, this happened and I had to take the necessary action to make sure that the involved parties understand that they were not doing the right thing. I will not hesitate to take the necessary action to safeguard my rights to the pictures own by me.
I am not a botanist or anything near a certified expert in the field of biology. The information in this website is not intended to be a serious guide. Its accuracy is as good as the span of my knowledge, which may not be align to your perception or expectation. My hope is that what I know may point you in a direction that will eventually safe you some time in your pursue of the truth (if there is really such a thing). Thereafter, I will not be responsible for any damage resulting from your visit to my website or use of any information from this website. Do verify the information from other sources if you are using them for serious business (e.g. publication in scientific journals). I do not necessary endorse the content in others' websites that I place a link to. The links are there for my reference. Similarly, advertisements (if any) placed in my website are to generate fund to support the hosting fee of this website. I will not be responsible for the outcome of your visit to the advertisers' websites.
If you want to place a link from your website to mine, please make sure that my website does not appear under a frame of your website which give others an impression that my website content is yours.
I reserve the right to change the conditions on the use of the pictures at any time. Please read the updated conditions in this page from time to time. The date when this page is last updated can be found at the bottom of this page.
Over the years, I have received many advices and encouraging words from many of you. Your kind notes and willingness to share what you know has helped me a lot as I move along. Also, I really appreciate the folks who have openly shared their nature pictures in their websites, especially those with the identity of the plants and animals. These websites have been of great help to me in the identification of the nature members in my pictures. So, a very big THANK YOU for all of you!