If your photos are geotagged, the location information and date will be automatically added.
If they are not geotagged, click on the globe, and then click on the map to choose a location.
Fill in the species name (typing either the scientific or common name) for each observation,
then click to upload the observation records to Calflora.
Initially, your observations will be
unpublished, meaning that only you can see them.
You can find all of your observations in
where you can edit your observations and/or publish them.
Observations are unpublished and private by default, and only visible to you until you publish
them. Once published, the observations and associated photos will be available to anyone who searches
There is no hard limit. Photos larger than 1200 pixels in either dimension will be resized down in your browser to a maximum of 1200px,
preserving their aspect ratio. Calflora does not keep the original large-sized photo.
Generally, uploading 20 or fewer photos at a time should be fine.
Most location-aware camera-phones and some
digital cameras do this automatically.
For the adventurous:
If you own a GPS unit that produces log files, you can carry it while taking digital pictures, and use
software to match the timestamp in your photo to the timestamp from a GPS log file and update the EXIF tags
GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr) .
You can also add this information to your photos manually using software such as
ExifTool. A few custom hardware
solutions are also available, such as
JOBO photoGPS for your camera's
Photos are resized to a maximum dimension of 1200 pixels, keeping their aspect
ratio. The EXIF GPS tags are read to determine the latitude and longitude, and the observation location is
set to these values. The latitude/longitude information is sent to a reverse georeferencing service, which
returns location details such as state, county, municipality, nearest route or street name, and nearest
street address if available. This information is put into the original location description for your photo,
and made available to you to edit and further refine
(in My Observations)
once you have uploaded the observations to Calflora.
We will attempt to add location information such as county, city, zipcode, and approximate street address to
the Original Location Description of your observation based on the lat/long provided using reverse
Calflora currently uses the
Google Maps Reverse-Geocoding
web services to extract this information based on Latitude/Longitude. The most detailed information is
available from locations near populated places, and is less useful away from populated places and named
roads. You can edit this information before publishing.
March, 2021: v. 1.4.1:
Assorted bug fixes. Fixed a bug where observations were occasionally created without being linked to the uploaded photo.
Now if you move or delete the last photo from an observation, it will delete the observation. Added a new feature where
the first time you click on the globe icon the map should open to the center location you set in
December, 2020: v. 1.4.0:
Observations more accurately retrieve geolocation and photo date. In addition, data in caption or comment EXIF tags are used
to prefill the species field.