When time and funding permit, each flower (each plant species) will have its own page, and its own PDF, and eventually its own PPT so that professors and students have plenty of material on Guatemala (and Honduras, etc) to study.

Heliconia adflexa, Coban, Guatemala, Hotel Monja Blanca, FLAAR, by Nicholas Hellmuth

This space is for flowers
we have recently found and photographed.


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  • The fact that Guatemala has some of the most photogenic plants, flowers, and trees in the world also helps.

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Adequate photographic equipment makes it possible for us to provide, to the entire world, the resources on tropical plants of Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico for public education. For certain plants and flowers related to Maya iconography and mythology our photo archive is one of the best resources available today.

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We thank the three corporations whose donations in the past years have made the photographs on this web site possible:

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  • John Lorusso, President of Parrot Digigraphic , provided the 21 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and many essential Canon lenses.
  • Lou Schmidt, VP Marketing, Hoodman Corporation, provided the 4GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB RAW compact flash CF memory cards. All photographs used in this web site on ethno-botany are taken with Hoodman memory cards.

It would help significantly if corporate, foundation, and individual donations to would allow us access to the six additional items of digital photographic equipment that we do not yet have.

21 megapixel Phase One digital back, provided by Greg Lamb, CEO of Global Imaging
21 megapixel P25 Phase One within the case, provided by Greg Lamb, CEO of Global Imaging
21 megapixel Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III provided by John Lorusso, President of Parrot Digigraphic
Professional METZ flashes
Canon 14 mm Professional Lens
Canon 180 mm Tele Macro Lens
Canon 100-400 Professional Lens

If we had

  • a 500mm Canon telephoto lens (for flowers high above tree tops),
  • an underwater system for our Nikon or Canon cameras,
  • a full-frame Nikon digital camera (to replace our aging D300),
  • a Phase One IQ160 digital back,
  • remote triggered flash system, with laser movement trigger,
  • Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 32 mm f/4 wide-angle lens (to record eco-systems)
Canon EF 500mm f 4.0 L IS USM
Canon EF 500mm f 4.0 L IS USM
Full frame camera Nikon D3X front copy
Full frame camera Nikon D3X front
Phase One IQ 160 digital back
Phase One IQ 160 digital back
Rodenstock HR Digaron W 32mm wide angle lens
Rodenstock HR Digaron W 32mm wide angle lens

we could produce even more wonderous photographs and help provide public education for school children, college students, horticulture departments, botanical gardens, and for the world of lay people interested in tropical plants and flowers.

This equipment would also allows to assist all the Mayan epigraphers, iconographers, anthropologists, and archaeologists who wish to have access to the quality of photographs that FLAAR is acknowledged to produce.

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Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth and Jennifer Lara photographing plants Sayaxche june 2011

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth and Sofía using Hoodman compact flash CF memory cards in the Auto Safari trip 2010
Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth and Sofía Monzon using Hoodman compact flash CF memory cards in the Auto Safari trip 2010

Florifundia Brugmansia-arborea julio 2011
Florifundia Brugmansia arborea in the process of opening (still closed).
Photographed in Alux Park, high in the mountains, overlooking Guatemala City. FLAAR Photo Archive. ©


First posted August 4, 2011.


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We Thank Gitzo, 90% of the photographs of plants, flowers and trees in Guatemala are photographed using a Gitzo tripod, available from Manfrotto Distribution.
We thank Hoodman, All images on this site are taken with RAW CF memory cards courtesy of Hoodman.
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