In case there’s a chance you haven’t heard of him yet, on Earth Day I implore you to follow Col. Chris Hadfield. Col. Hadfield is the Canadian commander of the International Space Station and, aside from the Mars Curiosity Rover, the only being that I know of Tweeting, Tumbling, and Facebooking from space. But why follow him? Because he posts the most amazing photographs of our home planet on a daily basis. Each photograph exposes the fragility and beauty of our home planet, and many teach fascinating lessons in geology, geography, and geopolitics. And sometimes, they’re downright surprising. So celebrate Mother Earth by following a guy who is truly out of this world! ~AR
It’s not everyday that I make a direct appeal to you, our Tumblr friends, but today, I’m going to do that.
As you can see from the photographs above, the Garden is a beautiful place, possibly most so in the spring. But then again, every single day, when I leave my office to do something mundane like walking to the train, I think it’s the most beautiful it can be. And then it happens again, and again. I pinch myself daily to be lucky enough to work here.
It’s easy to overlook the need for preservation of the landscape; I mean, what do plants and landscapes need to be preserved for? But, it’s not true. Plants do need to be preserved, to be protected, and the landscape needs to be tended and nurtured and cared for. It’s a tough concept to defend, but I will: The world needs beauty, and we need to preserve the Garden.
Please consider voting daily for the Garden to win part of a $3 million grant from Partners in Preservation so that we may preserve a small piece of Nature’s Showplace for many generations of future New Yorkers!
If you reblog this photo set, please consider leaving the above paragraph in place. If you do, I’ll buy you an ice cream! (Just kidding, but you will have my undying gratitude.) ~AR
Sharon, the blogger behind NYC Taught Me has been a Member of the Garden for a year now. Each season she has come to NYBG with her children, and documented it in a beautiful series of blog posts, complete with awesome photographs of the grounds and her children. Thank you Sharon for your inspiring posts! You make us happy to work here! ~AR
Attention lovers of botanical art! One King’s Lane, the member’s-only online retailer, has a sale today featuring prints of the iconic photographs of Karl Blossfeldt. Many images are already sold out, but there’s a few still available.
Expeditions were not for the fainthearted. Here are two portraits of naturalist Eugène André—before and after his journey through Venezuela, 1900-1901. From The Caura, a narrative of a journey up the Caura River, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden.