Atlanta Botanical Garden

Originally posted on A Wayfaring American:

Both of us had a day off from work, so M. Stewart and I decided to spend a day wandering the Atlanta Botanical Garden. M. Stewart volunteers at the ABG, and so she was able to give me the inside scoop and arrange a VIP tour of the behind-the-scenes.

Best tour guide ever, Kylie

Best tour guide ever, Kylie

Kylie took us through the permanent collection of the ABG, which is essentially a huge archive of plants.

Atlanta Botanical GardenThe plant has started growing through the holes of the plant holder!

spiky leavesThe leaves had little raised dots – like braille.

salvaged soilKylie told us of a really amazing thing that happened recently where a woman brought in a truckload of dirt after a company had torn everything up from a plot of land and all that was left was about 16 square feet of dirt. The ABG had just built these trays and so they decided to water the dirt…

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Open Garden Squares Weekend

Originally posted on Life of a Plant Lover:

Last month I participated in the Open Garden Squares Weekend, an annual event organised by the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Over 200 gardens across London open their gates for one weekend, most of which are normally closed to the public.

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Because there were so many gardens to choose from I had a hard job deciding which ones to visit! The gardens ranged from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafés.

I narrowed it down to the areas of London which were most accessible for me and went from there. I realised the Kensington Roof Gardens were open which made up my mind instantly – even if I only saw that garden I would be happy!

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It’s exactly what it says it is, just over an acre of gardens on…

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Great green bush-cricket sings, video

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video is about a great green bush-cricket singing in Weerribben nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Frank vd Meer made the video.

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Just your typical country road in Michigan…

Originally posted on The Life of Your Time:

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White-tailed doe and fawn, photographed 07/22/2014 northwest of Adrian, Michigan.

Living and working in rural southeast Michigan, I spend a lot of time driving along gravel country roads. Along the way I get to see a fair number of interesting plants and animals. The largest animals to be found here are white-tailed deer (Artiodactyla: Cervidae: Odocoileus virginianus). Although they’re pretty common I never get tired of stumbling upon them.

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A Walk to Mewslade Bay

Originally posted on Jessica's Nature Blog:

It is sheer delight from the moment I walk out the door of the one-up one-down cottage known as The Slope. In May, the house martins fly right past carrying food to the youngsters in the coal shed; while the clematis and honeysuckle flowers on the fence provide a safe nesting site for blackbirds. A few yards more and the still pond at Mewslade View is home to beautiful blue iris. The field is covered in lush grass with blossoming plantains; this is the field that is mowed for the Caravan Club visitors to park. Beyond, a flock of sheep clear Mitten’s Field for a re-seeding of wild flowers that will supply food for migrating birds. This year there will be extra red poppy flowers planted to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

The boundary between the private land of Mitten’s Field and Mewslade valley is marked by a…

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Boston’s Best: Arnold Arboretum

Originally posted on Domestocrat:

So far this summer we’ve been lucky in Boston – the heat has been manageable and the weekends have been gorgeous. Seems like all the humidity and rain have happened during the week, which is fine by me since I’m cooped up in my office anyway!

A few weekends back, on one of said beautiful days, John and I wanted to take a long walk, somewhere outdoors/naturey, but paved and nearby. The Arnold Arboretum popped into my head immediately!

Arnold Arboretum is located in Jamaica Plain, about 10 miles from our house and 7 miles from downtown Boston. The Arboretum was established in 1872 as a public-private partnership between the City of Boston and Harvard University. It is a unique blend of respected research institution and beloved public park in Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

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The Hunnewell Building sits at the front of the Arboretum and houses the Visitor’s Center and administrative offices.

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The Visitor’s Center…

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A Geological Wonderland Defines a Journey with Students on Ice

Originally posted on Canadian Museum of Nature - Blog:

Museum mineralogist Dr. Paula Piilonen was thrilled this July to be part of the educational team for the annual Students on Ice Arctic expedition. Enjoy her reflections from the first part of the trip in Labrador—a true geological wonderland—which preceeded the expedition’s journey to Greenland.

Stunning. Rocky. Green. Breathtaking. Desolate. Pristine. Harsh. Unforgiving. Amazing. These are just a few words that I could use to describe the landscape of the Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador.

Sunset off the northern Labrador coast

Sunset off the northern Labrador coast. Caroline Lanthier © Canadian Museum of Nature

Steep fjords carved out of the ancient folded gneiss. Ice-filled bays where the water is so pristine and clear that you can watch Arctic char swim beneath the Zodiac and strike your lure. Alpine peaks separated by snowfields and meadows filled with Arctic wildflowers. Brilliant blue bays where polar bears dive, play and hunt while, quite pointedly, ignoring the Zodiacs close…

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