Art & Botany: Sasha Kurmaz's Botanic Photography

September 27, 2012
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A rose by another name may smell as sweet, but a poppy would be wise to carefully consider her photographer. Because when the lighting is perfect and the angle is just right, a botanic portrait can be a revelation. Such is the case with Ukranian photographer Sasha Kurmaz's work. With perfect lighting and positioning, he produces a perfect portrait of the botanic specimen: the fragility, beauty, and—dare I say—hope.

Botanic Notables: Fig Stories

September 14, 2012
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I love everything about figs. They are the fruit of the season, the fruit about which I am always happy to expound. The tree's life cycle is one of my favorites—a thrilling tale of life, death, sex, and captivity—and they're impossible to avoid in Southern California, particularly now. Ficus trees are a leitmotif in the landscape, and their fruits have been ripening in the late summer heat.

Botanic Notables: Corpse Flower & Co.

June 22, 2012
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It has been a month of corpse flowers!

Botanic Notables: Night Blooming Orchid

December 02, 2011
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Orchids are known for their curious behaviors and adaptations and with more than 25,000 species, the Orchidacae family exhibits a dizzying range of colors, shapes, and life cycles. Their enigmatic blossoms often seem to be synced with an inscrutable clock; some flower for months, while others open for only a few hours. Recently, a new species with an unusual blooming time was discovered: the Bulbophyllum nocturnum, the only known night-blooming orchid.

Bee Season

March 07, 2011
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Honeybees, brought to the Americas from Europe in 1622, have decreased in population because of colony collapse disorder.