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Karl Georg Theodor Kotschy was an Austrian botanist and...
Eike Jablonski | Jun 11, 2016
Quercus grisea - Greenlee County, AZ
This article is an account of the oak field trip organized...
Charles Snyers | Sep 22, 2017
North American oaks have a northern temperate origin and...
Website Editor | Oct 12, 2017

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Quercus acutissima subsp. kingii
Quercus acutissima Carruth. is a species whose natural distribution covers a vast territory in East and Southeast Asia, from central Nepal...

Oak Artists

Harriet Blum's Live Oaks

The subject of the latest addition to our Oak Artist series is Harriet Blum, whose work straddles the media of photography and painting: her idiosyncratic technique involves infrared film photography and hand-coloring with transparent oils and pencils.

If I wanted to make stronger, more meaningful images, I should pick something that I love and photograph it again and again: “Follow what your heart is drawn to,” he said, “and in time, your feelings will begin to show though in your work.”

Kyle Spradley's Photographs of the McBaine Bur Oak

Photographer Kyle Spradley has taken portraits of "The Big Tree" over the course of almost a decade, in every season and weather condition.

Beth Moon's Portraits of Oaks

Continuing our series Oak Artists, we look at portraits of ancient English oaks by California-based photographer Beth Moon.  Her photos in black and white, which she prefers to color because it is “less distracting, allowing form to become more visible,” are suffused with a luminosity that make them memorable portraits, capturing an essence that would not be apparent to the naked eye or a standard color photograph.

Andrea Jones: Capturing the Splendor of Oaks

Andrea Jones is one of the world's foremost garden photographers, whose pictures have appeared in many books, magazines and newspapers worldwide. She kindly agreed to an email interview which focused exclusively on her experience photographing oaks, adding another chapter to our series on oak artists.

Gustaf Emanuelsson: Oak Photographer

Latest in our series on Oak Artists is an interview with Swedish photographer Gustaf Emanuelsson, whose photos of the Oak of Kvill were featured in our reposting of Stefan Foconi’s article. Gustaf is working on a long term project documenting the giant trees of Sweden, most of which are oaks

Christine Battle: Botanical Illustrator

IOS member Christine Battle has always had an interest in botanical art. Though she was only 14 when she was first smitten by a print of Albrecht Dürer’s watercolor Das große Rasenstück (Great Piece of Turf), it wasn’t till almost four decades later that she began painting plants, after receiving a birthday present of a two-day botanical art drawing course in 2006. 

Why I Draw Oaks

Artist and IOS member Keiko Tokunaga explains how she came to choose oaks for her subject matter.

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