Grapes… yet another plant species that has largely co-evolved with human beings. Today grapes can be found, in some form or another, at all ends of the earth… They are […]
From Science World Report: China wasn’t known for its agriculture until domesticated rice was introduced. Yet now, archaeologists have made an intriguing find. They’ve discovered that people in subtropical China […]
Below I have posted a portion of a recent article from Scientific American, which briefly explores some of the history of human-induced transformation of the earth. The article, titled “3,000 […]
And below, two photos of a castle wall at dawn. The photo below was taken in the late evening, when color photo begin to look black and white.
The NHBS (Natural History Book Service) website offers a fantastic collection of plant books, and natural history book in general.
Below are some photos I took of Crescentia alata, commonly referred to in English as the Calabash tree, and as Tecomate, Jicaro, or Jicara in Spanish. The tree native range […]
Here is a snippet (and link to full article) on recent findings that suggest early corn farmers in current-day Moab, Utah may have eaten cacao (Theobroma cacao) that would have […]
I am interested in the history of the spread of plants (and organisms, in general) around the world, and you should be too… Chances are, every meal you have ever […]
Here are some more photos of the Notre Dame, I posted another one a few days ago. This building is considered to be one of the finest examples of French […]
Here’s a photo of the Notre Dame Cathedral that I took from across the river Seine. Later in the day, on my way back from a visit to the Jardin […]
Here are some photos I took last June in the medieval village of Pyrgi on the Greek island of Chios. Intriguingly, as you can observe in the following photos, […]
Scientists drilling deep into the edge of modern Antarctica have pulled up proof that palm trees once grew there. Analyses of pollen and spores and the remains of tiny creatures […]
“The Vedas, a collection of texts composed over 3,000 years ago in India, speak of a mythical sacred river called the Sarasvati from which the Hindu goddess of science and […]
The genus Hyoscyamus consists of about 20 species, all of which contain powerful narcotic tropane alkaloids, including scopolamine and hyoscyamine. (I photographed this growing out of an abandoned doorway in […]
I found this growing in a botanical garden in San Francisco today, so I thought I’d post an article since I don’t have one at present… Salvia divinorum is native […]