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Some cool photos for your Monday afternoon. Via the New York Botanical Garden’s great Tumblr, here’s a collection of awesome photos from Rob Kesseler and his up-close-and-personal examination of plant seeds.
Kesseler’s primary tool is the scanning electron microscope, which scans specimens with a beam of electrons and spits out a series of super-precise files that are compiled into a single image. In Phytopic, his ongoing series of images of seeds, fruit, leaves, and pollen, he coats his samples in a fine layer of gold, and then images them using the SEM. In the post-production process, he paints layers of color and texture onto the images, he explains, “just as the original plant employs color-coded messages to attract an audience of insect collaborators.” His microscopy works have been lacquered onto ceramic kitchenware, engraved in the window panes at Oxford’s Botanic Garden, and printed on silk banners.
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Let it not be said that the editors of Lawn & Landscape limit their art to Hall and Oates. We also like pictures of plants.
So, for our readers in the south, here’s “Response to Print of Kudzu, Texas” by Laura Plageman. Her interpretation of the textbook invasive plant is spectacular, and would make a great gift for any lover (or hater) of weeds.
Ever heard of weed bombing? It’s probably not what you think.
A group in Miami is tired of overgrown weeds on vacant lots and public properties – weeds they say the city maintenance crews are in charge of clearing. So the group of friends has decided to take the matter into their own hand by spray painting the weeds bright colors to draw attention to the neglect.
Chief Bombadier Brad Knoefler told Miami’s New Times the strategy has actually improved the group’s relations with the Downtown Development Authority, the organization charged with the area’s upkeep.
It may not be the easiest way to rid weeds – and let’s hope they know what’s a weed and what’s not – but it is a decent strategy to gain people’s attention.
Photo: Courtesy of New Times and Grant Stern