Category: nature

Today in Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Ukraine

Today in Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Ukraine

credit: my wonderful, nature loving friend

Blakea bloom – Golfito, Costa Rica. I thought …

Blakea bloom – Golfito, Costa Rica. I thought this was a tree but really it was a giant hemiepiphyte.

I ♥️ Melastomataceae
#plants #botany #rainforest #biodiversity #flower #plantoftheday #nature #evolution #pollination #CostaRica #CentralAmerica #ecology #botanizing #plantsofinstagram

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No idea what kind of bug these nymphs turn int…

No idea what kind of bug these nymphs turn into but I do know that they made a beautiful display that I was not about to mess with. #arthropods #hemiptera #nymphs #insects #insectsofinstagram #arthropodsanonymous #CostaRica #CentralAmerica #rainforest #jungle #biodiversity #forest #ecology #evolution #bugs #truebugs #insectagram #gang #nature #travel #critters

A cold spring: the violet was flawed on the la…

A cold spring:
the violet was flawed on the lawn.
For two weeks or more the trees hesitated;
the little leaves waited,
carefully indicating their characteristics.

Is Nature Deficit Disorder A Thing? Try Forest…

Go outside; find green spaces!

Is Nature Deficit Disorder A Thing? Try Forest Bathing To Find Out

An EPA study found that Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some air pollutants can be 2 times to 5 times higher than outdoors. Essentially, we spend our lives in cages breathing bad air. Too much grey, black, and white — and not enough immersion in greens and blues.

It is no wonder that many large cities take landscaping seriously, adding parks and green areas wherever possible. We can’t quite sever the link with our evolutionary past and part ways with our origins. We are, after all, animals, and it’s hard to forget that, even if some try real hard, surrounding themselves with walls, metal, glass, and screens. Those people tend to pay a price, often with their health and quality of life.

In Japan, the country that has the highest population density in the world but also vast expanses of green forests (about 3,000 miles of them), an ancient tradition tries to balance out the crush from urban living. It’s known as shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” It’s the practice of spending prolonged periods of time with trees in order to gain from their many health benefits. In a book hitting shelves this month, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health And Happiness, Dr. Qing Li, the world’s foremost expert in forest medicine, introduces readers to the healing practice of forest bathing — and the art and science of how trees can enrich your life. (There are other books on forest bathing that I also recommend, including the recently released Your Guide to Forest Bathing, by M. Amos Clifford, focusing on the more meditative side of shinrin-yoku.)

canadian: Rainbow Mountain, Peru

canadian:

Rainbow Mountain, Peru

timothea:Couldn’t resist an opportunity to be …

timothea:

Couldn’t resist an opportunity to be a bit Dramatic and Extra when taking some photos of the Easter eggs I dyed yesterday. 😅 @violetradiator set up a great selection of natural dyes for a community night of egg dying at @textilesatlillstreet and all the eggs turned out so neat! I dyed mine with turmeric, beet, and cabbage dyes, and used some other plants as natural resists. Very pleased with my happy colorful snacks for this week. 🐣🥚🍳 #dyedeggs #naturaldye #stilllife #moodygrams #eastereggs #naturallydyedeggs #naturaldyes #textiles #madeatlillstreet #textilesatlillstreet

Some of the beautiful colors that nature provides!

Exploring a Sand Prairie In this exciting epi…

Exploring a Sand Prairie

In this exciting episode, In Defense of Plants explores the fascinating botanical communities growing in a sand prairie in central Illinois. The unique soil conditions makes this place a hotbed for rare plants. Many of these species are disjuncts from further west.

The story of this place began some 14,000 years ago as glacial outwash from the long gone Lake Chicago blew across the landscape and piled into great sand dunes. Join us for a fascinatingly beautiful botanical adventure. 

CORRECTION: The cactus is not Optuntia fragilis, it is actually the eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa)… Woops!

Prescribed Fire On An Illinois Prairie Prairi…

Prescribed Fire On An Illinois Prairie

Prairies are fire adapted ecosystems. For far too long, fires were sequestered. Today, more and more communities are coming around to the fact that fire can be used as a tool to bring life back to these endangered ecosystems. In this video, we get hands on experience with fire as a prairie restoration tool. Special thanks to Illinois Natural Areas for letting us tag along.