Archive for the ‘Trees’ 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.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Tree day (again)

Okay, I don’t normally post about the same topic twice in a couple of weeks but I’m loving the book The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. It’s one of those books I just found while looking around and I have to say it’s a very easy read so if the first article didn’t entice you (check out my earlier post entitled Tree Day), I suggest the article entitled “The man who thinks trees talk to each other” by  over at The Guardian.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Tree day

Okay, for most people this (or was) Thursday but me it’s Tree day. Why you ask? Well, first I went on my daily walk at lunch to the local library and came across the book The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

I’ve just read the foreword but I like what I’ve read. You can read about the author and his book in the article entitled “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too” by

Then I came across this article at work today entitled “Scientists report why forests with more tree types grow better, faster over at the West Fargo Pioneer. Of course the article comes from Duluth, Minnesota, where our family has gone on vacation for the last couple of years and where there are lots of trees!

Enjoy!

   

Green Librarian

The tallest tree in Africa

So apparently the tallest tree on the continent of Africa is hidden in a remote valley on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Sort of an ironic place, don’t you think? Anyway, it was discovered twenty years ago but it was the location that kept it’s true height from being know until recently.

You can read about it in the article entitled “Africa’s tallest tree discovered towering on continent’s highest mountain: Giant has been hiding for decades in Mount Kilimanjaro valley” by Bryan Nelson over at the Mother Nature Network. Who Knew!?

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

Fall here in Missouri

So as my oldest son and I took a trip today to Jefferson City, Missouri, I took the opportunity to keep a watchful eye on the colors of the trees. Unfortunately, they appeared to lack the same color as the trees back home which got me me to wondering lately, what affects the color in leaves?

While I did find a few articles explaining the importance of moisture in the spring and dryness during the summer, I feel that I my work here is not done and therefore, I will continue this search tomorrow.Having been gone nearly half the day, I feel the need to rest until a new day.

Meanwhile, here is the view of our neighborhood last fall. As my kids are aware of, I take a picture of the tree on the left every year since it usually has amazing color but last year, I decided to contrast the tree with the one in our front yard.

fall2015

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Forest colors

So over the last couple of weeks, since the kids and I took a walk in Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park, I’ve been keeping my eyes on the changing color of the leaves and I must say, so far there’s been little change. Then the other day I came across this somewhat older article entitled “Why Fall Colors Are Different in U.S. and Europe” by Andrea Thompson over at Live Science.

What I actually found most interesting are the reasons behind why the colors are different. How the ice ages, as well as the (you guessed it), the migration of plants and animals played a role in all of this.

Enjoy!

   

Green Librarian