What began as a fascination with photographing the beauty of small wildflowers growing on roadsides and vacant lots has evolved into an awareness of how humans impact the environment. Ecologists, now speak of this time period as the Anthropocene Epoch, a time where people and industrialization has hastened the extinction rate of species. As our population grows, habitats are impacted; ecosystems are destroyed, resulting in mass extinctions and endangered species. As our planet's biodiversity continues to be threatened by our expected population growth, Earth may soon become inhospitable to the human species. Ironically, over 40 years ago, Joni Mitchell wrote the lyrics to Big Yellow Taxi, "don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone, they paved Paradise and they put up a parking lot."