If you look very closely, that’s a muskrat swimming across the Bronx River.
This WWII-era video is a bit long for some modern attention spans, and the droll documentarian voiceover may push a few viewers to nod off. But just check out those high-speed growth clips! Watching this onion root, sprout, and bloom is eerily similar to something you might see in a movie about invading bodysnatchers. Or anything from the ’80s with Jeffrey Combs in it, I guess. —MN
Paul Stamets may raise some eyebrows with his headgear choices, but this self-taught mycologist has some inspiring ideas hidden just under the brim of that potato-shaped hat of his.
What if mushrooms could be used to soak up chemical spills, or absorb radiation? How about using fungus to counter the effects of wasting brain diseases? With only a small portion of the world’s myriad fungal species accounted for, Stamets believes future mycological breakthroughs will change—or even save—the world. —MN
According to Today’s Document, November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month. Which means there’s no better time to dig up this old chestnut of Barkley and friends running over the Garden’s Hester Bridge and frolicking around the Garden! ~AR
I’m not sure it will ever replace a mouse (especially since they put cacti into the mix), but I still find Botanicus Interacticus to be pretty exciting, right up there with tree cookie LPs. It seems strange at first, using plants to make music and art, but think about it … Pan’s pipes? Reeds. Early drums? Probably a gourd and some animal hide. Paints? Some definitely have plant-based pigments. When you look at it that way, it kind of makes sense to try and bridge the gap between plants and technology. And it sounds pretty, too. ~AR
Whoa. Touch a plant, control a computer, make music, make art, and a whole lot more. Pretty amazing stuff. Sure beats a mouse.
Get a bird’s eye view of the installation of our latest exhibition, Manolo Valdés: Monumental Sculpture.
Dug-up by the Bowery Boys, this 1960 short film by Jean Sheppard—better known as the voice of the narrator in A Christmas Story—is a must see for any New Yorker, New York enthusiast, or history buff. I loved the peek inside a number of “hidden gardens” almost as much as we did the visit to the footage of a long ago San Generrao festival. ~AR
In this excellent little squirrel vs. hawk video, the winner isn’t who you would first expect it’s going to be. Thanks to Nathan Smith for capturing it, and for Maria Alice Neves for pointing us in its direction on our Facebook page! ~AR
Cherry Blossom tree at the NY Botanical Gardens
Daybreak Cherry ‘Akebono’
I know, Ann already posted one of these, but I remain unapologetic. —MN
Your moment of zen: Cherry blossoms in the breeze along the Seasonal Walk.
Every second counts - 60 seconds submitted by users to the fourth and final round of The Beauty of Second short film contest. Facebook.com/montblanc
Beautiful. Moving. And seriously concise!
This video of various flowers opening in time lapse is just wonderful! So many of them seem to be stretching, freed from the constraints of their buds. Others fling open, while other dance and twirl. Which is your favorite?
Changing Seasons at the Conservatory, a year long time-lapse video from The New York Botanical Garden.
Time-lapse video of the Holiday Train Show set-up in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.