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.
In 2006, almost four centuries after their ancestors arrived in North America, honeybee colonies began to succumb to colony collapse disorder and collapse at a record rate. Human beings can do perfectly well without honey, but we can't exist without pollination. And without pollination by bees, tomatoes, cucumbers, and countless other crops won't fruit.
Richard Schweid looks at the return of native bee species and how they might save our crops.
Faster than a speeding bullet! The Bunchberry dogwood is able to launch pollen into the air in a third of the time it takes a bullet to leave a rifle barrel, making the plant (Cornus canadensis) a superlative example of botanic ballistics, engineering, and reproductive design.
Bees in Turkey and Iran layer flower petals to create a brightly colored nest. Inside, a mother bee will lay an egg, and when the baby bee hatches, it stays inside the nest, where it feeds itself on nectar and is protected by its petal home.