Nature's Palette

The Science of Plant Color


Author: David Lee

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226471055

Category: Science

Page: 432

View: 1848

Though he didn’t realize it at the time, David Lee began this book twenty-five years ago as he was hiking in the mountains outside Kuala Lumpur. Surrounded by the wonders of the jungle, Lee found his attention drawn to one plant in particular, a species of fern whose electric blue leaves shimmered amidst the surrounding green. The evolutionary wonder of the fern’s extravagant beauty filled Lee with awe—and set him on a career-long journey to understand everything about plant colors. Nature’s Palette is the fully ripened fruit of that journey—a highly illustrated, immensely entertaining exploration of the science of plant color. Beginning with potent reminders of how deeply interwoven plant colors are with human life and culture—from the shifting hues that told early humans when fruits and vegetables were edible to the indigo dyes that signified royalty for later generations—Lee moves easily through details of pigments, the evolution of color perception, the nature of light, and dozens of other topics. Through a narrative peppered with anecdotes of a life spent pursuing botanical knowledge around the world, he reveals the profound ways that efforts to understand and exploit plant color have influenced every sphere of human life, from organic chemistry to Renaissance painting to the highly lucrative orchid trade. Lavishly illustrated and packed with remarkable details sure to delight gardeners and naturalists alike, Nature’s Palette will enchant anyone who’s ever wondered about red roses and blue violets—or green thumbs.

Seven Deadly Colours

The Genius of Nature's Palette


Author: Andrew Parker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780565093990

Category: Color in nature

Page: 286

View: 1312

In this book, Andrew Parker takes the colors of the spectrum as his keys to the natural world. In clear and accessible style, he shows how color plays a vital role in the struggle for life, and that nature's palette is far more miraculous than had been previously imagined--so miraculous in fact that it fools and misleads eyes all the time, both of animal predators and their prey. With vivid and fascinating examples of how color has affected animals in different environments across the globe, Seven Deadly Colours not only shows the endless wonder of the natural world but also extends our understanding of evolution itself.

British Columbia

Graced by Nature's Palette


Author: Frank Townsley

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460277724

Category: Photography

Page: 232

View: 9986

British Columbia is blessed with spectacular beauty and diversity, from its coastal shores and temperate rainforests to the Rocky Mountains, from its southern deserts to the northern sub-Arctic tundra. This book will take you on a wondrous and extensive journey through British Columbia in all its seasons, divulging not only its varied landscapes, but displaying some of the abundantly rich nuances of plant and animal life, many existing nowhere else in Canada. The book will showcase rarely seen wildflowers, berries ready for the picking, as well as mushrooms, lichens, mosses, and ferns all fighting for light on the forest floors. It will unveil unique wildlife behaviour, colourfully painted insects, pesky rodents, stunning birdlife (and their lovably whimsical offspring), and a profusion of majestic land and marine mammals. Images of Vancouver and Victoria, as well as abandoned relics from the past returning to nature all complement British Columbia's natural beauty, becoming essential to the inherent mosaic that defines this province. With its varied and wondrous landscapes, graced by its diversity of flora and fauna, British Columbia is arguably one of the most unique gems of this planet, all the while shouting out for its preservation....

Geschenke aus dem Wollkorb

schnell gestrickt für Groß und Klein


Author: Joelle Hoverson

Publisher: Bassermann Inspiration

ISBN: 3641089085

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 144

View: 3707

Kleine Gaben erhalten die Freundschaft ... ... und wenn sie mit viel Liebe selbstgestrickt sind, haben sie nicht nur das gewisse Etwas, sondern auch eine sehr persönliche Note. Zur Auswahl stehen 30 charmante Projekte für sie, ihn, es und ein behagliches Heim, die nach Zeitaufwand - von 2 bis mehr als 8 Stunden - gegliedert sind. Von der schnell genadelten Mütze, die auch Anfängerinnen problemlos hinbekommen, bis hin zur kuscheligen Musterdecke, die etwas mehr Strickerfahrung und Zeit voraussetzt, findet hier jeder mit Sicherheit ein passendes Präsent. Ideen für eine originelle Verpackung und Anleitungen für den letzten Schliff der handgestrickten Gaben runden dieses einfallsreiche Buch ab.

Nature's Palette

A Guide to Wildflower Color in Illinois


Author: John Schwegman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Wild flowers

Page: 8

View: 4927

Nature’s Experiments and the Search for Symbolist Form


Author: Allison Morehead

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 027107938X

Category: Art

Page: 264

View: 3590

This provocative study argues that some of the most inventive artwork of the 1890s was strongly influenced by the methods of experimental science and ultimately foreshadowed twentieth-century modernist practices. Looking at avant-garde figures such as Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard, August Strindberg, and Edvard Munch, Allison Morehead considers the conjunction of art making and experimentalism to illuminate how artists echoed the spirit of an increasingly explorative scientific culture in their work and processes. She shows how the concept of “nature’s experiments”—the belief that the study of pathologies led to an understanding of scientific truths, above all about the human mind and body—extended from the scientific realm into the world of art, underpinned artists’ solutions to the problem of symbolist form, and provided a ready-made methodology for fin-de-siècle truth seekers. By using experimental methods to transform symbolist theories into visual form, these artists broke from naturalist modes and interrogated concepts such as deformation, automatism, the arabesque, and madness to create modern works that were radically and usefully strange. Focusing on the scientific, psychological, and experimental tactics of symbolism, Nature’s Experiments demystifies the avant-garde value of experimentation and reveals new and important insights into a foundational period for the development of European modernism.

Nature's Fabric

Leaves in Science and Culture


Author: David Lee

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022618062X

Category: Nature

Page: 512

View: 7219

Leaves are all around us—in backyards, cascading from window boxes, even emerging from small cracks in city sidewalks given the slightest glint of sunlight. Perhaps because they are everywhere, it’s easy to overlook the humble leaf, but a close look at them provides one of the most enjoyable ways to connect with the natural world. A lush, incredibly informative tribute to the leaf, Nature’s Fabric offers an introduction to the science of leaves, weaving biology and chemistry with the history of the deep connection we feel with all things growing and green. Leaves come in a staggering variety of textures and shapes: they can be smooth or rough, their edges smooth, lobed, or with tiny teeth. They have adapted to their environments in remarkable, often stunningly beautiful ways—from the leaves of carnivorous plants, which have tiny “trigger hairs” that signal the trap to close, to the impressive defense strategies some leaves have evolved to reduce their consumption. (Recent studies suggest, for example, that some plants can detect chewing vibrations and mobilize potent chemical defenses.) In many cases, we’ve learned from the extraordinary adaptations of leaves, such as the invention of new self-cleaning surfaces inspired by the slippery coating found on leaves. But we owe much more to leaves, and Lee also calls our attention back to the fact that that our very lives—and the lives of all on the planet—depend on them. Not only is foliage is the ultimate source of food for every living thing on land, its capacity to cycle carbon dioxide and oxygen can be considered among evolution’s most important achievements—and one that is critical in mitigating global climate change. Taking readers through major topics like these while not losing sight of the small wonders of nature we see every day—if you’d like to identify a favorite leaf, Lee’s glossary of leaf characteristics means you won’t be left out on a limb—Nature’s Fabric is eminently readable and full of intriguing research, sure to enhance your appreciation for these extraordinary green machines.

Colors of the West

An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palatte


Author: Molly Hashimoto

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781680510973

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 3204

"Putting a brush in the hands of new artists, young and old, heightens their awareness of the power and beauty of nature." - Molly Hashimoto Learn to observe, sketch, and paint nature from an award-winning outdoor artist and art teacher - Explains how to "see" color depending on time of day, season, atmosphere, and more - More than 170 illustrations, featuring iconic national parks - Improve your nature painting skills or learn a fun new hobby you can do outdoors Colors of the West explores wild places through the lens of watercolor "en plein air" painting, a French term meaning literally "in the open air." Steeped in the natural world, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto has sketched in the outdoors and worked as a plein air artist and teacher for more than 20 years. In that time she has filled more than 40 sketchbooks with landscapes, vignettes, studies of flora and fauna, and natural history notes--all created while visiting some of the West's most stunning landscapes. This new book is organized by color, a unique approach to teaching both intermediate and budding artists how to really see color in the outdoor spaces around them, and then apply it to journals, other art projects, or simply beautiful memories. The average person can see 17,000 colors (!), so Molly explains the concept of palette, that is the range of colors that unites elements of geography, geology, and the different kinds of light created by atmosphere, season, and latitude. Molly's own hand‐drawn sketches and paintings of familiar Western landscapes help convey these colors, along with sidebars and insets on individual species (trees, birds, mammals, and other flora and fauna) and historical notes related to the park or site she has sketched. Tips and techniques for outdoor journaling and painting are included throughout. From the green hues found on Cascade Head on the Oregon Coast and in Yellowstone's quaking aspens, to the reds that highlight the rocks in Arches National Park and the Redwoods of California, readers and artists of all levels will learn a new appreciation for the colors of the West--and how the details of natural beauty can be revealed when we stop, observe, and pay attention to the outdoor world.

Brands and Their Companies

Consumer Products and Their Manufacturers with Addresses and Phone Numbers


Author: Linda D. Hall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780787689513

Category: Brand name products

Page: N.A

View: 5699

Plant Genetics


Author: Carl-Erik Tornqvist

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143810703X

Category: Botany

Page: 133

View: 3051

Looks at the genetics of plants through historical scientific achievements, discussions of diversity, agricultural practices, and comparisons to animal and human genetics.

Handbook of Natural Colorants


Author: Thomas Bechtold,Rita Mussak

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470744963

Category: Science

Page: 434

View: 9032

Concentration on renewable resources, sustainability and replacement of oil based products are driving forces to reassess the potential of natural resources including natural colorants. The growing consumer interest in purchasing “green” products, which exhibit an improved environmental profile, can be seen as the break-through force needed to reintroduce natural colorants into the modern markets. Written by scientists with specialised knowledge in the field, Handbook of Natural Colorants provides a unique source of information, summarising the present knowledge of natural colorants in depth. Supporting researchers in this emerging field of sustainable chemistry, it provides easy access to the theory and practice of natural colorants from different viewpoints, including agricultural, economic and legislative aspects. Topics covered include: History of coloration technology Present position of natural colorants Regional plant source availability Specific application techniques Chemical properties that professional dyers and chemists have to consider Agricultural sourcing of dyes with an emphasis on renewable resources Discussions on energy and material balance issues arising from the sourcing of materials Production aspects of colorants, leading on to the key applications Environmental and economic aspects Also included are the pros and cons of natural dyestuffs, presenting some promising results and evaluating the potential use of vegetable dyes as alternatives to chemical-based ones with a focus on green chemistry

Poetry of the Soul

Journey of Awakening


Author: Audrey Williams

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781456797515

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 108

View: 8803

My poetry is in essence about spiritual awakening. Each verse a moment of passion (in all its forms) captured in a weaving of words. They are designed to have many layers of meaning, responsive to the mood and need of the reader. I aspire to be the woman I would hope to be, to achieve that I must carry on my own journey of creative and spiritual awakening. Enjoy my poetry; let them cast their glamour before you, arousing your senses and creativity.

Growing Girls

The Natural Origins of Girls' Organizations in America


Author: Susan A Miller

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813541565

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

View: 8197

In the early years of the twentieth century, Americans began to recognize adolescence as a developmental phase distinct from both childhood and adulthood. This awareness, however, came fraught with anxiety about the debilitating effects of modern life on adolescents of both sexes. For boys, competitive sports as well as "primitive" outdoor activities offered by fledging organizations such as the Boy Scouts would enable them to combat the effeminacy of an overly civilized society. But for girls, the remedy wasn't quite so clear. Surprisingly, the "girl problem"?a crisis caused by the transition from a sheltered, family-centered Victorian childhood to modern adolescence where self-control and a strong democratic spirit were required of reliable citizens?was also solved by way of traditionally masculine, adventurous, outdoor activities, as practiced by the Girl Scouts, the Camp Fire Girls, and many other similar organizations. Susan A. Miller explores these girls' organizations that sprung up in the first half of the twentieth century from a socio-historical perspective, showing how the notions of uniform identity, civic duty, "primitive domesticity," and fitness shaped the formation of the modern girl.

Algonquin Park

A Portrait


Author: Jan Rinik,Martin Rinik

Publisher: Formac Publishing Company

ISBN: 1459503120

Category: Nature

Page: 216

View: 8139

Most visitors to Algonquin Provincial Park experience its beauty during the summer months. This book shows readers the diversity of wildlife and striking landscapes that appear throughout fall, winter, and spring. Images and text together create a compellingly beautiful portrait of Algonquin Park, capturing the wildlife, forests, lakes, plants, flowers, and even mushrooms that illustrate the incredible diversity of the park through all seasons. Talented painters, illustrators, and photographers Jan and Martin Rinik have spent years creating the rich range of visuals contained in this book. More than 200 colour illustrations grace these pages, along with 125 photographs of the park in all four seasons. With training as a biologist, Martin Rinik contributes authoritative information on the many species found in the park. The result is a stunning and informative portrait one of the most diverse natural habitats in the world.

Floral Designs Stained Glass Coloring Book


Author: Ed Sibbett

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486245546

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 16

View: 7177

Create beautiful stained glass effects with 16 graceful designs rich in floral and foliate beauty: morning glories, daffodils, dahlias, more. Outlined in black on translucent paper. Use crayon, felt-tip pen, watercolors, etc.

Style by Nature

Beautify Your Home with Nature's Colors and Textures


Author: Rebecca Jerdee,Vicki L. Ingham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780696229664

Category: Architecture

Page: 192

View: 6051

What's your style? Take the quiz to learn which season is most likely to inspire your decorating. Each chapter offers inspiration and advice for ways to bring the special personality of a season to every room.