Flight of the Butterflies

It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.

Sixteen meters deep: Investigating the marine life without getting wet! Projeto Navi in Fernando de Noronha.

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It’s finally here: the last post on our trip/expedition to the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago.

The husband, an avid and passionate amateur photographer. His wife, yours truly, always being reminded of her background as a Biologist and forever researcher… The perfect combination for venturing with Eng. Leonardo Veras through a private investigation trip along the open ocean waters in Fernando de Noronha.

Eng. Leo Veras takes responsibility for the Navi Project (Projeto Navi), a pioneer experiment at the archipelago – unique, and wonderful!

We were taken to observe the marine life, 16 meters deep, thanks to the ship’s glass bottom, resistant to pressure, high volume and speed. Talk about biology, math, physics, all at once! Lovely and fantastic! We were able to snap several shots, as well as, a couple of videos during our expedition. All 3 images from the Project’s Website (above) are used with permission…

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Munich Botanic Garden (Botanischer Garten München)

weird & cool stuff seen while out & about

Munich is one of my favorite cities, and I’m fortunate to be able to visit almost every year. Like most visitors, I love the city’s well-known attractions, such as the Hofbrau Haus, the Marienplatz, or any of Munich’s world-class museums, like the Deutsches Museum. But being a nature-lover, I also love the Munich Botanic Garden in the suburb of Nymphenburg. If you love nature too, you will enjoy a visit to the Botanic Garden, home to approximately 14,000 plant species.

The Botanic Garden includes 55 beautiful acres.

I love orchids, so I love to spend time in the Glasshouse Complex.

The water lilies in Greenhouse #4 are spectacular.

And you can even see turtles, fish, and some iguanas.

It’s easy to take public transportation to the Botanic Garden. So if you visit Munich, add this to your must-see list!

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Santa Monica Complete Green Street Breaks Ground

Urban Choreography

From bustler

The Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street will be a model for future sustainable green street projects in Santa Monica as well as elsewhere in Southern California. In itself, it will stitch together a previously divided neighborhood, conserve water, protect the ocean from runoff, and provide a vibrant pedestrian and bicycle avenue to and from the beach. As a template for change, it will show how streets designed for automobiles can be transformed into inviting parts of the urban landscape

Image courtesy of John Kaliski Architects

Image courtesy of John Kaliski Architects

Designed by John Kaliski Architects, in conjunction with Lawrence Moss & Associates, Landscape Architects, and Kimley-Horn & Associates, Civil Engineers, the Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street recently broke ground on December 12, 2011. When completed in early 2013, it will be the longest complete green street in the City of Santa Monica, and one of the longest in Southern…

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