On the streets in East London, Steve Wheen may be better known as the Pothole Gardener. He creates miniature landscapes in the city's neglected corners that encourage passersby to think about their environments, all of them: the green, the grey, the built, and the natural. His work has inspired miniature gardens throughout the world, and is now compiled in a book.
An aspen forest in Utah could be awarded 47,000 blue ribbons that read "World's Largest Tree." That's the number of discrete tree stems that constitute Pando (Latin for "I spread"), a colony of genetically identical aspens that converge underground in a single sprawling root system. Also known as The Trembling Giant, the trees' fluttering leaves are a soft soundtrack in the forest.
When he began documenting plant specimens, Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) did not consider himself a photographer, nor an expert in the natural world. The German sculpture instructor was compiling a teaching tool: a survey of natural forms that would serve as inspiration and reference for his students.