In the Company of Redwoods

An Interactive guide to learning 50 plants of the Redwood Community through Hand Tinting


Nature coloring bookFor this fieldbook, I selected fifty intriguing plants that can be found in most of Coastal Redwood’s  450 mile range.  The earliest of these begin blooming in November, the latest in June.

For each plant, there is a page of identification and reproductive information, followed by a botanical plate page where the images have been lightened and desaturated to make them easy to hand tint.  Hand tinting was first used in the era before color photography to give life to black and white pictures.  As you can see in the picture, hand tinting allows the details of texture to show through.  In the process, the beauty and depth of each plant is revealed.  


Why You Would Want this Book:

This is not just another book about Redwoods, nor a plant identification or  simple coloring book.  This is a book for art and life science teachers,  for students, kids, nature lovers, grandparents and photographers.  The collection of descriptions and images encourages you to use your inner botanist and artist to discover and become part of the Redwood community.

How it Works:

As your hand adds color to the pictures and your eyes move back and forth between the plants you see in nature and the plates in this fieldbook, you will quickly learn names, faces and facts of the members of the Redwood forest.  Feel free to sketch, color, and write in the margins.  It’s your fieldbook!  The beautifully detailed identification plates you create will be a work of art!

Sample Pages

The purpose of these sampler pages is two-fold. First, if you haven’t seen my book, ‘In The Company of Redwoods’, the sampler gives you a glimpse of what the sections of three of the fifty plants in the book look like.

Second, if you have already purchased the book, please feel free to print these pages out to practice on before starting to color the pages in your book. If you would like to double check the natural colors for these plants (California Bay and Douglas Iris), consult Color Galleries #2 on this website.

California Bay Sample Pages

Douglas Iris Sample Pages