Hello all Happy to be a member of this forum. Hope to have exciting experience here. I have just retired after nearly 40 years of teaching at University of Delhi. Botanist by profession, the interest in plants got a flip after I obtained my first digital camera Sony alpha 100 with normal and telephoto (60-315) lens. I have been travelling extensively in last 6 years to capture photographs of plants especially in Western Himalayas. I have also done lot of photography in California, LA, SFO and Arizona area in my last four visits to USA, capturing mostly plants and locations. More than 450 of my photographs appear in my International Book "Plant Systematics: An Integrated Approach" last published in 2010, with additional high resolution photographs in CD ROM included in the book. Have been interacting extensively on Daves Garden , efloraofindia and Flowers of India which hosts many of my photographs. Hope to have a fruitful experience here also on this forum. I have recently purchases Canon 550 D with 100 mm macro lens, and hope to make good use of it.