Jason Isley’s Marine Miniatures
The ocean is full of treasures for the eyes. Anyone who’s looked at a gallery of nudibranchs knows that. But eventually, a picture of a fish is just a picture of a fish.
Jason Isley, an underwater photographer for ScubaZoo, decided to spice it up a bit by adding miniature people to the mix in his Underwater Minitaures series on Flickr. In his photos, the reef is transformed into an alien world full of giant (sea)horses, terrifying sand eels, and toxic-orange gardens of whoknowswhat. The way he matches the miniatures to the marine biology is both hilarious and admirable.
Not all of his creations are so lighthearted, though. One paints a “fish bomb” scene (a destructive fishing method using dynamite) as CSI case. And many zoom in on the tiny toxic waste and plastic garbage dumps that litter our oceans.
I’ve selected a few of my favorites here, and Christie Wilcox has a lot more over at Science Sushi (which is where I found them). Go tour Jason Isley’s full gallery on his Flickr page.
From vacant lots to vertical “pinkhouses,” urban farmers are scouring cities for spaces to grow food. But their options vary widely from place to place.
While farmers in post-industrial cities like Detroit and Cleveland are claiming unused land for cultivation, in New York and Chicago, land comes at a high premium. That’s why farmers there are increasingly eyeing spaces that they might not have to wrestle from developers: rooftops that are already green.
The green-roof movement has slowly been gaining momentum in recent years, and some cities have made them central to their sustainability plans. The city of Chicago, for instance, boaststhat 359 roofs are now partially or fully covered with vegetation, which provides all kinds of environmental benefits — from reducing the buildings’ energy costs to cleaning the air to mitigating the urban heat island effect.
Late this summer, Chicago turned a green roof into its first major rooftop farm. At 20,000 square feet, it’s the largest soil-based rooftop farm in the Midwest, according to the Chicago Botanic Garden, which maintains the farm through its Windy City Harvest program.
My beauty in the garden #fallplanting
Me and the helicopters hanging out at work tonight (at Colourmovie)
I’ve got the camper dreams again. After strolling through the local car show on my way to the fire station open house with the kids, I stumbled upon a cluster of them from the earliest 1930’s trailer to a swag 70’s one. I thought I was going to fall for the classic airstream, but it was this sweet little 1950’s trailer that melted my heart.
This weekend I hosted another swap for South Pasadena Homegrown Exchange. It was a beautiful evening picnic swap at Arlington Garden. I will follow up with another post with more details and photos. Tonight I made short rib tacos and topped them with this salsa made from garden tomatoes and chilies from the swap. The tomatoes were so sweet everyone thought I added sugar to it! I love that even though I can’t grow tomatoes in my yard I still get to enjoy these beautiful homegrown treasures. Thank you SPHE members!
One perfect beet turned into beet infused lemonade, the juiced the beet greens with carrots and pineapple for a green drink. The pulp from the juicing will be a treat for our worms on this hot late summer day.
Ok, just one more from that USGS Flickr page full of buggy beauty. Somebody got a little extreme with the pollen!
You, umm, you have something on your face. No, not there. There. You almost got it. Yeah, well, actually it’s like, everywhere. You’re a mess. An absolute mess.
Sheesh, the flower is Studio 54 and this little buzzer is to pollen what Rod Stewart was to Colombian nose candy. The first step is admitting you have a problem.
I know, the queen made you do it.
Scream for Halloween display @RogersGardenOC (at Roger’s Gardens)