Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Smell of rain

It’s a phrase I’ve heard before and now science has begun to look for the answer. To begin with, check out the article entitled “Why does rain smell?MIT researchers use high-speed cameras to show how the scent of fresh rain gets into the air — and how bacteria goes along for the ride.” by  Ali Berman over at the Mother Nature Network. Really it was only a matter of time.

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Green Librarian

Bloom and doom

Flowers

Okay, I have to say that the title of this article hits the nail right on the head. The article is entitled “Bloom and doom” by over at the Grist. The scary part is that I’ve seen plants and trees blooming since February!? Something’s just not right but, what could it be? Read and find out.

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Migration mapping

After last year’s chance meeting of a Monarch butterfly coming out of it’s cocoon on the milkweed plant by our front porch, anything on the Monarchs grabs my attention. This article, entitled “Researchers identify monarch butterfly birthplaces to help conserve species ” over at Phys.org is a great example.

I know it’s still Winter but I’m already looking forward to Spring and our milkweed(s) blooming. Last year I actually planted one in the backyard too. Taking a family nature walk over at Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park this past weekend on a day where the temperatures hit seventy also didn’t hurt. Yes, I know, I know, climate change is not good.

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Tree of life

Now I love trees as much as the next person but I have to say I’ve never seen a tree like this one. As the article mentions, it’s a whole lot different than the one that Charles Darwin back in 1837.

The article is entitled “New tree of life doesn’t look as you’d imagine” over at Earthsky. Call me old fashion but, I still like the old one.

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Nature in pictures

I’ve been trying to expand my horizons for what seems like forever and now I finally have. Tonight I entered a photo contest, really for the first time, that is being put on by the Defenders of Wildlife.

Taking pictures is something I use to love to do when my dad was around. He use to develop pictures down in the basement in his black room and now with my daughter’s interest in photography, I’ve finally become interested again.

You can only enter six and so I entered four of mine and two of my daughters. Here are one of her’s and one of mine:

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I described the first one (which is her’s) as nature taking back our driveway and the second one (which is mine) as the welcome mat to our lake.

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I’m lichen this

Okay, that’s the best I could do tonight on an article about lichens. It seems that unlike in other countries, the lichen (or moss as it’s more commonly known) in Japan is becoming a tourist draw. This according to this article over at the Wall Street Journal entitled “Japan Takes More Than a Lichen To This Green-Tourism Trend” by Eric Pfanner. I actually have some moss growing myself in some of the cracks of my driveway.

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Life, as we know it

I remember in biology class back at college learning about classifying plants and animals with terms like kingdoms, classes, orders, families, etc…So when I read this article, I was reminded of that.

The article is entitled “New ‘tree of life’ links 2.3 million species” by Russell McLendon over at Mother Nature Network. Oh, those were the days (back in college, I guess).

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