civic duty like a boss
but really though, i had to go vote down that awful TN amendment 1
The illustrations above were designed by the German artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian. The plates were originally prepared for a mid-1670s book on the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. However, the scientific community of the time largely ignored Merian’s work because it wasn’t published in Latin, the formal language of science.
Some forty years later, Merian finally reworked and expanded this earlier book on European insects. Sadly, she died shortly before the completed book - in Latin, finally - was readied for publication in 1717 as 'Erucarum Ortus..'. The full title of the book is said to translate as: 'The Miraculous Transformation and Unusual Flower-Food of Caterpillars'.
Merian’s portrayal of plants and insects in a semi-naturalistic way was something of a step forward in the world of scientific illustration. Many of her contemporaries ‘arranged’ the illustrated scenes to show man’s domination over nature, or took liberties with embellishment to impress and dazzle the audience.this one’s for you, kidd
my neighbor once let their 4-year-old daughter name their new cat and she chose “mr. juicy poodles.” and that is what we called that damn animal till the day she died. may she rest in piece.
Sometimes I like to pretend that I’m Linda Belcher from Bob’s Burgers while I pet Stark.
A picture in 365 slices. Each slice is one day of the year.
This is literally one of the best things on the site
well hot damn, this is phenomenal!
A dirty thunderstorm (also, Volcanic lightning) is a weather phenomenon that occurs when lightning is produced in a volcanic plume. A study in the journal Science indicated that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms.
A lot of great things are happening for yours truly and Things Organized Neatly. My first ever Tumblr giveaway will be happening soon, and I will also be appearing at the Tate Museum in London this summer!!!!
Photo by Austin Radcliffe
(That’s pepper in the top right corner.)
Vincent van Gogh
That’s a 5 star gif right there. Blew my mind. :)
Another for Women’s History Month, some botanical illustrations from one of our favorite artist/naturalists - Mary Vaux Walcott.
Mary, also known as Mary Morris Vaux, was a remarkable woman who just happened to also marry the 4th Secretary of the Smithsonian. (one of the reasons she’s a favorite, plus - just look at those flowers!)
Images above from v. 2 and v.4 of North American wild flowers which has been digitized in its entirety and is available on the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
For even more beautiful plants, Smithsonian American Art Museum has many of her original watercolors in their collections