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Water droplets on green bean leaves
|| 4/29/2011 || 1:25 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Photograph of water droplets on my green bean plant

Photograph of water droplets on my green bean plant

Some of the plants for this year’s garden I’ve been growing in my bedroom. I’ve dubbed these plants the VIPs, which stands for “Very Important Plants.” The close-up photographs above show how water droplets on the leaves beautifully reflect light. If you look closely, you can see the coil of the compact fluorescent light bulb reflected in the droplet.



Photographs of a Ladybug in the garden
|| 4/25/2011 || 12:05 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Photograph of a Lady Bug in the garden

Photograph of a Lady Bug in the garden

Photograph of a Lady Bug in the garden

I spotted this little ladybug crawling through the Rose of Sharon bush the other day. I wish there were more ladybugs so they’d eat all the aphids I know will be coming to the garden later this year.



Photographs of pink chive buds
|| 4/22/2011 || 11:54 am || + Render A Comment || ||

Photograph of pink chive buds in my backyard

Photograph of pink chive buds in my backyard

About three years ago I planted these chives and every year since I’ve been either harvesting these pink chive buds & adding them to salads (they taste like an onion) or I’ve let them get pollinated, then wait a couple weeks, and harvested their tiny black seeds in order to grow more chives. I’ve read that they’ve been used throughout history as a means to naturally prevent bugs from eating different plants in the garden. In practice, however, I haven’t seem chives be very effective combating the aphids.



You know it’s spring when daffodils begin to bloom
|| 4/12/2011 || 11:47 am || + Render A Comment || ||

Photograph of daffodils in my backyard

Photograph of daffodils in my backyard

These daffodils were planted a long time ago and I’m thankful they bloom every spring :-)



Calvert Cliffs Quilt
|| 4/10/2011 || 3:37 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
Calvert Cliffs Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

I’m not a fan nuclear power. While it happens to be one of the cheapest fuel that is known to man, its also the most deadly. Years ago I made my first map of a U.S. nuclear reactor, Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor Quilt, and then followed it up with “Terra Fermi,” an interactive Google Earth Globe, to highlight this intrinsic danger. Given the ease in which the imagery of nuclear power plants can be obtained, I intend to make more maps of nuclear reactors to highlight their fragile existence.

View the Google Map of Calvert Cliffs, Maryland.


: detail :
Detail of Calvert Cliffs Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

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Springtime photographs of sedum telephium ‘Autumn Joy’
|| 4/6/2011 || 3:27 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Springtime Photographs of Sedum telephium - Autumn JoyLast years growth with this year’s new growth.

Springtime Photographs of Sedum telephium - Autumn Joy

Springtime Photographs of Sedum telephium - Autumn Joy

Springtime Photographs of Sedum telephium - Autumn Joy
The leaves trap small droplets of water.



Empty Planters (not for long)
|| 4/2/2011 || 3:15 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

Boring picture of a tray of black planters that have not been filled with soil

Soon there will be a garden…





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