flora-file:

absurdiverum:

justenoughisplenty:

Flowery exclamation point, a ‘Puya Raimondii’ punctuates an isolated granite height. Only after 150 years of growth does this world’s tallest herb, an Andean cousin of the pineapple, shoot skyward from a spiny base. It dwarfs in age even the largest of Mexico’s agaves, popularly called century plants. Atop a ladder, a man plucks one of the 8,000 blossoms on the 30-foot-high spire, which dies even as it blooms.
National Geographic - February, 1966

Puyas are the coolest. I’ve seen a Puya berteroniana in bloom before and it was marvelous.

Nature’s fireworks

Puya!!!

flora-file:

absurdiverum:

justenoughisplenty:

Flowery exclamation point, a ‘Puya Raimondii’ punctuates an isolated granite height. Only after 150 years of growth does this world’s tallest herb, an Andean cousin of the pineapple, shoot skyward from a spiny base. It dwarfs in age even the largest of Mexico’s agaves, popularly called century plants. Atop a ladder, a man plucks one of the 8,000 blossoms on the 30-foot-high spire, which dies even as it blooms.

National Geographic - February, 1966

Puyas are the coolest. I’ve seen a Puya berteroniana in bloom before and it was marvelous.

Nature’s fireworks

Puya!!!

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From Valerie Hammond’s Traces…

From Valerie Hammond’s Traces

(Source: valeriehammond.com)

wapiti3:

Descriptions of animals corresponding to fifty figures in this continent.; By Alessandri, Innocent, approx 1-40 Leschi, Lodovico. Scattaglia, Peter. ,it on Flickr.

Publication info In Venice: The printing house of Carlo Palese 0.1771 to 1775.,it
BHL Collections:
Smithsonian Libraries

All on their own little islands.

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heaveninawildflower:

Insects’ Eggs etc (1867) by Tuffen West.  From ‘The Microscope’  by Jabez Hogg  (1817-1899). Published by George Routledge and Sons, 1867).
Image and text courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery                                              

Insect eggs look suspiciously like seed pods. 

heaveninawildflower:

Insects’ Eggs etc (1867) by Tuffen West.  From ‘The Microscope’  by Jabez Hogg  (1817-1899). Published by George Routledge and Sons, 1867).

Image and text courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery                                              

Insect eggs look suspiciously like seed pods. 

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wapiti3:

The botanical works of the late George Engelmann, collected for Henry Shaw, esq. /Ed. by William Trelease and Asa Gray. on Flickr.

Publication info Cambridge, MA :J. Wilson and son,1887.
BHL Collections:
Engelmann Herbarium

The wikipedia article for the man is delightful: “The death of his wife on January 29, 1879, greatly affected him. He turned to plants, seeking relief in study, but life and a continuance of its labors seemed to be almost hopeless. His condition changed but little during the remainder of the winter, but when in the spring C. S. Sargent came with the proposition that he should join him in a journey through the forests of the Pacific Coast region he accepted it. That journey, although a difficult one for a man of his age, was of great benefit to him physically. His shattered spirit also was much revived and, among his friends, he resumed and sustained his lifelong habit of cheerfulness of manner.”

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Wrecked zeppelin in Mison, France (1918); Paul Thompson, National Geographic. 

Wrecked zeppelin in Mison, France (1918); Paul Thompson, National Geographic

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nemfrog:

Plate VII. Fig. A. Squid throwing out a defensive smoke screen of sepia ink. Fig. B. Deep sea prawn emitting a luminescent defensive cloud. 1926.

What I would not give to be able to emit a luminescent defensive cloud.

nemfrog:

Plate VII. Fig. A. Squid throwing out a defensive smoke screen of sepia ink. Fig. B. Deep sea prawn emitting a luminescent defensive cloud. 1926.

What I would not give to be able to emit a luminescent defensive cloud.

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aloneinmycave:

aubreylstallard
My new fern has legs!

My new fern has legs!

Max Klinger (1880) from the Opus Cycle II
My idea of functional fashion.

Max Klinger (1880) from the Opus Cycle II

My idea of functional fashion.