Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy Holidays, Sturffers!

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Have a wonderful holiday. Be kind, be safe, be happy!

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Sturff insight of the day

lookingLove After Love — Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

 

Favorite Sturff Quotes of the Week!

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Wherever you go, there you are — Kabat-Zinn

Danger requires attention, not fear — Anonymous

A nice reminder that we needn’t be fraught with angst as the holiday approaches.

How will you choose to perceive things?

You’ve never seen them like this!

Seeds_KesselerStuppyCheck out Seeds: Time Capsules of Life for a stunning look at one of nature’s marvels!

Thanks to Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy in collaboration with Kew Royal Botanic Gardens for this titillating new look at seeds.

Below are some examples of the wacky and the wonderful. Enjoy!

 

Overview of the book

The authors begin with a look at how plant reproductive structures evolved into seeds and fruits (just imagine what a trip to the grocery store would look like without all those glorious colorful fruits and the vast selection of seeds!). Following this evolutionary flashback, we get to know the anatomy of seeds up close and personal, and the authors explain how these structures do the job of dispersing plant progeny to distant locations – important to reduce competition across generations, maintain genetic diversity, and healthy species range sizes. The book then veers into a crushing perspective on the fragility of rare and threatened species, but ends on a hopeful note detailing how the Millenium Seed Bank Project is collecting seeds to reconstitute the plant populations on which we depend. The photos throughout are vivid and show exceptional detail thanks to the scanning electron microscope technology and artistic enhancements (e.g., coloration) by Rob Kesseler.

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