|Old Man's Beard - 9th December 2010|
On the other hand, browsing along the amazing, the beautiful and the ugly is a pleasure in its own right so I thought, for this post, I’d share with you four links to wonderful images of wonderful parts of nature.
The first is Science Images at PSmigrographs.
I didn’t find this for myself. Val Littlewood at Pencil and Leaf recommended it in one of her posts. It is the world through a microscope and she was sending us to see pollen.
But it isn’t just pollen. There are the stoma in leaves, tarantula fangs and bee’s penises! The oil glands in lavender and geraniums too. And gecko toes!
On the front page, there’s a slide show. I suggest you take a few moments to watch that, then go exploring. You won’t be able to resist! Set aside an hour. Bookmark it - you’ll want to go back!
|DEAD FLOWER ON WILD BUDLEIA|
December 9th 2010
It’s another wander-round site. Here’s an example. Type Ground Elder into the search box. You will be taken to a grid which gives the Latin name (Aegopodium podagraria) and tells you this plant is in the family Umbelliferai.
Click the Latin name and this comes up
Beautiful, isn’t it? Botanical drawing (wonderful in its own right) photograph, quick information about where to find it, whether to eat it, how to look after it (!) then lots of detail in the text.
Another site to spend some time in! Another bookmark.
Next is Wildlife and Nature Photo Gallery, a Czech site for stock photos - - in other words, photos for sale. You may not be wanting to buy them but you may well enjoy browsing.
|IVY BERRIES - December 3rd 2010|
I enjoy the fungi section.
There’s a photographic index at the top of the page if you are looking for a particular type of mushroom.
I tried Stomach Fungus,
in part because of its name and in part because these endearing little creature-like fungi (Lycoperdon echinatum) were illustrated.
If you scroll down the page you will be able to click a link to say why you want mushrooms. . . for eating? to know which are poisonous?
|DRIED OUT BLACKBERRIES -|
December 9th 2010
I’m not clear December where but I don’t mind. The fungi are wonderful to look at!
If you already know precisely which mushroom you are looking for, there’s a list of botanical and common names at the foot of the main fungi page. On the other hand - you can have fun clicking on a name which intrigues you to find out what it describes.
Have a look at Porcelain Fungus (beautiful)
Red Banded Polypore (disgusting)
Scarlet Elf Cup (Sarcoscypha sp. - pretty and weird)
Scarlet Elf Cup - (Sarcoscypha coccinea - colourful and surprising)
Holwaya mucida - Crinula calciiformis (a sort of drowning hand)
Remember, this is not a scientific site, it is a photographic one so it isn’t exhaustive . . . none the less . . .
|LICHEN AND FROST ON ROCK|
December 9th 2010
Here’s the page for lichen with Latin names beginning either with N or O.
Imagine being able to tell some of these apart with confidence!
(It’s a site in progress. I hope there will, one day, be easier ways to find things by description but it is interesting even without them.)
If this leaves you depressed rather than in awe of Stephen, maybe you should return to
Science Images at PSmigrographs.
and look at some of the photos from the flowers and plants
or, if you are feeling brave, the ticks and fleas
hmm . . . maybe you’d prefer to stick to pollen!
I hope you enjoy these sites - the dramatic, the beautiful and the useful!