18 May 2013
12 May 2013
Chris Hadfield is coming home in two days via a Soyuz spacecraft. He became the first Canadian to command the ISS when he arrived back on 21 December. Commander Hadfield has proven to be a great populariser of space exploration - he rocks at engaging audiences with science: 16,000+ You Tube subscribers with 860,000+ video views; and 773,000+ Twitter followers.
4 May 2013
turkey vultures photographed in the Greater Vancouver Regional District
Classification of 'new world' vultures, including these turkey vultures, has vexed taxonomists for decades. Current thinking is that they belong in the order Accipitriformes along with hawks and eagles as diurnal birds of prey.
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30 April 2013
27 April 2013
22 April 2013
^^Native to southern BC, Washington, Oregon and east of the Rockies to the Texas coast,
Columbia Virgin's Bower (Clematis columbiana var. columbiana) often grows as a ground
cover rather than as a climber in it's wild state.
18 April 2013
(bio from: The Royal Collection) Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was one of the greatest artist-naturalists of her time. From childhood she had been fascinated by the life cycles of butterflies, and she made a close study of their transformations. She became a flower-painter and teacher in Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.... in 1699, at the age of fifty-two, Merian made an expedition to Surinam (Dutch Guiana) in South America... to study the indigenous flora and fauna in their tropical habitat. On her return to Amsterdam two years later, she began work on a lavishly illustrated book, the Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (‘The Metamorphoses of the Insects of Surinam’, published in 1705), depicting the life cycles of the region’s insects.
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