Orchidelirium Anew — Organikos

Burnt tip orchids. At least 10 vanished from a national nature reserve at Mount Caburn, East Sussex. Photograph: Katewarn Images/Alamy Susan Orlean brought orchidelirium to our attention in 1999, shining a light on how and why these flowers inspire lots of good, and plenty of bad behavior. Orchids have been abundant in our pages over the […]

Orchidelirium Anew — Organikos

Swallowtail Butterflies — Jet Eliot

Western Tiger Swallowtail, CA Butterflies are the brightness and lightness of spring that we often long for in the dark and heavy days of winter. And then one day it IS spring and we see our first butterfly. They are a gentle reminder that life on earth is all about change. Pipevine Swallowtail, Longwood Gardens, […]

Swallowtail Butterflies — Jet Eliot

The Functional Beauty of Nature’s Designs — THE DIRT

Wild Design: Nature’s Architects / Princeton Architectural PressThe new book Wild Design: Nature’s Architects by science writer and essayist Kimberly Ridley is a slim, charming look at some of the most interesting results of 3.8 billion years of evolution — the beautiful and always highly functional forms of plants, fungi, insects, spiders, avians, and mammals.…

The Functional Beauty of Nature’s Designs — THE DIRT

Tufas~ —

These strange formations called tufas, are in Mono Lake at the eastern edge, of The Sierrra Nevada Mountain Range in California. They are made of calcium carbonate and formed by the interaction of fresh water with the alkaline lake. Mono Lake is 2-3 times more salty than the ocean. It is one of the oldest […]

Tufas~ —

Micro-season: “The Mountain Stream Freezes Over” — Naturalist Weekly

We are at the end of the micro-season, “The Mountain Stream Freezes Over”. This micro-season is the second part of the mini season Major Cold. We celebrate this season with poetry and an investigation into the importance of the earth’s fresh water system.

Micro-season: “The Mountain Stream Freezes Over” — Naturalist Weekly

World Prayers for Peace — Dawn Pisturino’s Blog

(Krishna plays his flute) Hindu Prayer for Peace Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. O Lord God Almighty, may there be peace in Celestial regions. May there be peace on […]

World Prayers for Peace — Dawn Pisturino’s Blog