I like the disjointed reflections in the puddles after the rain stopped. Shot this past March at the NY Botanical Garden.
There are so many talented photographers out there pushing the envelope of traditional botanical photography and art. Welcome to today’s discovery: John Fobes. Fobes uses a camera-less photographic technique called lumen printing to capture these beautiful tonal images. It seems that lumen printing is very similar to the sunprints I used to make when I was a kid, except it uses normal black and white photographic paper, and according to some users, the older the paper, the better. John says that he has utilizes “materials from photography’s three centuries of use.” His art is impressive and beautiful and evocative. Bravo John! ~AR
Can you guess what these seeds are? I sure couldn’t. I think the only one I would have a chance at guessing would be Calendula, but that’s not represented here. Want to know what they are or see if your guesses were correct? Click through to the original blog post on Smithosonian’s Arts and Sciences blog. ~AR
“In a new book, Seeds: Time Capsules of Life, [author Wolfgang] Stuppy tells the story of seeds and seed evolution with the extraordinary visual aid of [artist Rob] Kesseler’s gorgeous images of specimens from the collection. To capture their exquisite structures, Kesseler takes seeds just millimeters in size and magnifies them tens and hundreds of times under a scanning electron microscope.”
Don’t forget, plant them now to enjoy them later. That is unless you’re in the Southern hemisphere which means you’re probably enjoying them now!~AR
Roots. Where would plants be without them? We’re not talking theoretical roots, like the ones a human can put down within a community, we’re talking the lifeblood variety which literally anchor a plant to the earth. These beautiful photographs by William Rugen explore how “this amazing object could not exist without the inelegant tangle that is just out of sight.” Be sure to click through to see all of Rugen’s work. It’s well worthwhile. ~AR
William Rugen evokes 19th Century botanical illustrations through these modern photographic interpretations
We get a lot of people wondering why they would want to visit the outdoor portions of the Garden after the leaves have fallen and winter has set in and there are almost no flowers to be seen. We always tell them “because of the trees!” but it’s a hard sell. What about the trees? The form, the function, the silhouettes; there’s so much to love about trees once the leaves are gone, and this beautiful photoset highlights exactly what I am talking about. ~AR
Forest textures before the snow hits in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Some dainty and petaled things to distract you, if only for a moment, from the past few days’ trials. Chatting about Linnaeus in honor of his prolific nomenclature never hurts, either. —MN
Linnaeus, The Name Giver
Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus was an early information architect. He believed that every kind of plant and animal on Earth should be named and classified.
1. Festive Fuchsia
2. Blue Beauty
3. Scientific Innuendo
4. Garland of Blue
5. Floral Fireworks
6. Reproductive Radiance
7. Multipurpose Plant
8. Cropped Crown
Photographs by Helene Schmitz
Wow! What an amazing old photograph of the Bronx River! Is that a house on its banks? Elizabeth Akers Allen was born in Maine, began writing in her teens, attended college, married, divorced, traveled in Europe and then married again. It was this second marriage that brought her to the environs of the Bronx, when she and her husband moved to Tuckahoe where I am assuming she wrote The Ballad of the Bronx. Allen is best known for a poem called “Rock Me To Sleep Mother,” but it is this poem, “Witch Hazel” towards which I am drawn today. There is little information about her online, so if anyone knows more about this woman, please let me know! ~AR
Ballads by Elizabeth Akers, 1897
Tipped-in handwritten note states: “This is the only copy of ‘The Ballad of the Bronx,’ illustrated by the author herself, from photographs taken in the locality of the Bronx River which the poem celebrates.”
from the Visual Studies Workshop Rare Books Archive
Time for your randomly scheduled microphotography fix. Trichomes, as shown here, are wonderful in that they can have any number of purposes depending on the species they’re growing from. Example? The sticky hairs on a sundew plant. —MN
Image by Dr. Shirley Owens.
Congratulations, swimmingundersoundwaves, for being the first to correctly answer this week’s question! Make sure to check out their blog!
I’ve been following this Tumblr for a long while now, and I’ve reblogged more than a few of the individual photographs to our own feed. That said, I had no idea that the motivation behind the collection was something so pragmatic! It’s possible that I’m congenitally oblivious.
Scroll through the blog if you’re into photography that I can only describe as botanically succinct. It has an essential, wintery sort of elegance to it. —MN
Finally i completed a project i started a year ago! What started as ‘i need to fill that wall’ spiraled into this obsessive blog plus an online shop business. :)
I am so excited to share this.
I figure it’s been long enough since we last shared some microphotography on the feed. What teensy berries may come, and such. —MN
Microscopic photographs of nature from Rob Kessler
So gorgeous. Makes me want to jump on a plane and go visit my colleagues in Brazil! What a way to pass a Sunday. ~AR
Botanic Garden in Curitiba - Brazil. There is a reason why sunday afternoons are so empty: the slow stroll of tourists here and there, the sound of laughter around the lake, sweat pouring like weekend rain under the South American almighty sun, football, television madness and the expectations of tomorrow. Sundays can be hard but they tend to be pretty.
I love seeing other botanical gardens from around the world. I also love seeing how people capture their visits to them. This is classic! Love it. ~AR
What looks like a Forest from afar, when you have a casual look at the picture is actually a field of parsley in the Botanical Garden in Welly
Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was an English botanist and photographer. She is often considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images.
Anna was raised by her father, who was a scientist of many interests. Her detailed engravings of shells were used to illustrate her father’s translation of Lamarck’s Genera of Shells, which was published in 1823. She married John Pelly Atkins in 1825, and she pursued her interests in botany by collecting dried plants.
Sir John Herschel, a friend of Anna, invented the cyanotype photographic process in 1842. Within a year, Anna applied the process to algae (specifically, seaweed) by making cyanotype photograms that were contact printed “by placing the unmounted dried-algae original directly on the cyanotype paper”. Anna self-published her photograms in the first installment of Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions in October 1843. She produced a total of three volumes of Photographs.
Generations of herbarium shutterbugs and photographers of all skill levels salute. —MN