My Bio

Marvin Kellar has loved wildflowers since he was a child playing in the woods next to his family’s home in Rainier, Oregon. In 1956, he joined the US Navy and was trained to be a Nuclear Medicine Technician and his career spanned 48 years. He retired from Kaiser Permanente as a Nuclear Medical Technologist and Radiation Health Physicist. The same sense of detail he developed imaging patients for diagnostic imaging of radioactive tracers, now brings him success as a wildflower photographer.

He refers to himself as the Forrest Gump of Nuclear Medicine because he says he not only far exceeded what he thought he could do, but much of his success is due to being lucky enough to have been in the right place at the right time to be a part of that field from its earliest days. The likeness stops there however. Unlike Forrest Gump, his first love – which is wildflowers – has not eluded him.

During his sophomore year in high school, Marvin was his science teachers botany assistant. Among the classes that made up his B.S. degree in General Studies at Portland State was a full slate of botany classes and he continues to add to that. He is a current member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, the Washington Native Plant Society and the Hardy Plant Society.

Believing that you must continue to learn and adapt to survive in an ever-changing world, Marvin is a self taught photographer. To date he has taken well over 1,000 images of wildflowers and is ever ready to grab his camera to follow Spring up the hill.

For more information, write Marvin Kellar, P.O. Box 1146, Rainier, Oregon, 97048, email him at or visit his website at and blog at