Introduction To My Website (aka NatureLoveYou.Sg)
A Nature Observer's Journey in Singapore
About Me:

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 just a hobby of mine. Considering the fact that I have to work for a living and run a family, the time to indulge in this hobby is rather limited --- my off days and maybe some nights.

Nature has kept me fascinated and entertained me well when I was a kid, though for a different set of reasons at that time. Since joining the rat race, I have almost lost touch with nature (despite surrounded by it) for many years until the ideation of this website, which then brought me to the next episode of my nature journey.

Hope you will enjoy the pictures and information shared!

| An Overview | Pictures / Photos | Conditions on Use of Photos | Disclaimer | A Thank You Note | Contact Me |

An Overview:

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 along was a test of perseverance. Like anything in life, I do not know what eventually will evolve from this piece of work. I guess nature will take its course while I continue to plough on.

This website was born in July 2007. It started with a structured 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 December 2016, it housed 15,081 pictures from 1870 plants in the Plant Pictorial Database alone. I have stopped counting them since then.

To facilitate the look up of the plants, the pictures arrangement is broadly categorised into 2 broad groups.

  1. Groups that include all plants: Thumbnail & Brief Description, Thumbnail only, Botanical Name list, Plant Family list.
  2. Groups that do not include all plants: Common Name list, Plant Feature & Habitat, New Plant Additions.

While taking picture of plants, I also collected pictures of animals, which are usually small in size that crossed my path. In March 2011, I setup another section of the website to share these minibeast pictures which I called The Minibeast Observatory. 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. More groups will be added when they are ready.

In addition, I have 3 nature series where I shared my random thoughts and observation on nature.

  1. Nature Weekly Series: Short notes on nature publish on a weekly basis; started in February 2014.
  2. Nature Observation Series: Longer notes on nature publish on an ad-hoc basis.
  3. Nature Walk Series: Field trip summary reports on my encounters started in January 2010. However, I had stopped producing this report since April 2014. Instead, such field trips are now shared in my Nature Weekly Series.

Starting this website is a personal interest that allows me to share my findings and thoughts on nature with the world. It is a learning journey for me at my own pace. At the same time, it allows me to enjoy the beauty of nature and the pictures help to preserve them in special moments in time.

Go to top Pictures / Photos:

All the pictures in this website are taken by me and hence, owned by me.

As this is a picture-focused website, let me share the equipment that created the pictures. At this point, majority (~99.9%) of the pictures were captured with the simple point-and-shoot (compact) camera. 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. Furthermore, I am more into the content in the pictures and the story that they tell, and not so much on the art of photography. My first compact camera was a bulky Sony T72 acquired in 2003. Below are the series of cameras that had accompanied me over the years. I am now on my fifth compact camera (not display below).

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photo In January 2017, I started my journey on macro photography with the newly acquired equipment that include a macro lens. The initial experience was very positive and I had started adding those pictures from this camera into my website starting in April 2017. This set of equipment is going to give a huge boost to the quality of pictures in the Minibeast section as well as showcasing the tiny features of plants.

Providing details of each photo in my website 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 that appeared under that photo and/or the URL of that page.

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 DO NOT display pictures taken by others as I prefer to keep this website as a private depository of pictures taken by me.

Go to top Conditions On Use of Photos:

If you have a chance to read the section 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.

  1. Your name and contact information.
  2. The picture(s) you have used or intended to use (indicate the DSC number found below the picture if available or the URL of the page).
  3. The material (e.g. article, book, etc.) or website where you have placed or intended to place the picture(s). If it is a website, please provide the URL of the website.
  4. The purpose of using the picture(s).

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 had 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 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.

Go to topDisclaimer:

I am not a biologist 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 and my perception. Hopefully, what I know may point you in a direction that will eventually save you some time in your pursue of the truth (if there is really such a thing). Therefore, 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 other 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.

Go to topA Thank You Note:

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 shared their nature photos 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 to all of you!!

This page was last updated on: 5 May 2017
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