‘Flowers in Ice’.

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Botanic artist Makoto Azuma has added a completely new spin on the concept of ‘putting it on ice’.
These stunning images depict a range of exotic flowers encapsulated in ice to preserve and present new characteristics, which might have otherwise been overlooked.
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This particular set of works was exhibited in Japan last week, but due to the nature of the material was temporary.
via Putting flowers on ice | Creative Boom.

Plantscapes by Anton Kerner von Marilaun’s Pflanzenleben, 1887.

1022px-Lophophytum+Sarcophyte_sp_vMH373Four remarkable images from the 19th-century Austrian botanist Anton Kerner von Marilaun’s Pflanzenleben, one of his most important works.
Some 20 years after its initial publication in German in 1887 the work was brought to the English speaking world in a translation by F. W. Oliver under the title The Natural History of Plants their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and Distribution.
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The images here come, via Wikimedia Commons, from Kurt Stüber’s wonderful collection of historical botanical illustrations housed at his BioLib site, definitely worth an explore.
Rhopalocnemis+Helosis_sp_vMH371via “Plantscapes” from Kerner von Marilaun’s Pflanzenleben (1887) | The Public Domain Review.

The Fragile Beauty of Nature.

My name is Katarzyna Załużna.
I live in Poland. I am a mother of three children.
I am an amateur photographer and have become passionate about photography over the past three years.
I love to photograph my children, snails and floral motifs in the sunlight.
I shoot mostly using a manual lens with an old Pentacon.
My photographs are a reflection of my emotional state and spirituality.
Photography is not only my passion, but is a way of expressing myself.
See more images via I Use Macro Lens To Capture Fragile Beauty Of Polish Nature | Bored Panda

The Trees That Refuse To Die.

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Trees have been around for about 370 million years, and as you can from these incredible pictures, there’s a good reason why they’ve survived for so long.
Whether they’re growing in the middle of gale-force winds, on the tops of rocky platforms, inside concrete tunnels, or even growing out of each other, trees know how to survive in places that few living organisms can, which explains why the planet is host to around 3 trillion adult trees that cover an estimated 30% of the earth’s land.

Considering that plants produce the vast majority of the oxygen that we breathe, we should all think ourselves very fortunate that trees are as resilient as they are.
We wouldn’t even be here if they weren’t. Thanks guys! (h/t: twistedsifter)
See more Images via 10+ Badass Trees That Refuse To Die No Matter What | Bored Panda

Onions and Garlic used as Toxic Cleaners.

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Onions and garlic can absorb toxic leftovers from factories. – varbenov/Shutterstock
Onions and garlic can turn around a bland dish, but Indian biotechnologists have found another use for these roots: filtering heavy metals from toxic brews.
Scientists looking for new cleaning compounds mixed onion and garlic leftovers from canning factories with various industrial wastes.
The two Allium roots absorbed about 70 percent of toxins — including arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead — and they could be reused to clean again.
[This article originally appeared in print as “A Recipe for Toxic Cleanup.”]
Read on via Onions as Toxic Cleanup Sponges | DiscoverMagazine.com.