Floridensis is the photographic playground of Janson Jones. A native to Ormond Beach in Volusia county, Florida, I spend much of my free time studying and photographing the natural world around me — especially the tangled biodiversity of peninsular Florida. This website is an extension of these passions.
Floridensis primarily functions as a photo-centric blogroll. On average, I post three to four new images a day to the photo blog feed. Also included on Floridensis are a number of Projects and Galleries. Galleries are intermittently updated as new, relevant material makes its way to the blog feed. Projects are long-form pages relating to various aspects of Florida, naturalism, and/or the organisms featured on this site.
Each photo is extensively categorized as it is added to the site. On the left side of the front page and most blog pages, you’ll find a detailed biota/species index linking to each species featured on this site. You’ll also find other categorically indexed links to filter through the content on this site. Further, you’ll also find a search box. These links and tools allow you to filter through all the material that’s been published to date via the photo blog feed.
The Floridensis photo blog feed is mostly image-centric, but I do provide species identifications, general locations (to the county level), and dates for all photos.
This iteration of Floridensis was launched in May of 2019.
As for myself, I am neither a professional photographer nor a trained biologist. Professionally, I serve as full-time faculty with the Humanities & Communication department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). I’ve been teaching composition, rhetoric, and media courses at the college or university level since 2001. As much as I adore teaching, and I truly do, I still carry within me an intense desire to learn. I am, you might say, a perpetual student at heart. This is probably why my interests in natural history, evolution, ecology, and biodiversity have only grown stronger with time. For every one thing I may learn, that one thing will provoke a number of new questions to chase after. I never get tired of that chase. I live for it in both the classroom and in the natural world around me. I hope my enthusiasm for the natural world around us will carry through within the photographs featured on this site.
I’m happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of my ability, and I love to receive feedback from others. If you have a question, a comment, or a permission request, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please note, however, that I do not provide exact locations of photographic subjects, especially when a rare species is involved.
All the best to you and yours,