Learn to identify poison ivy in a fun way at: Poison Ivy Quiz
Click yellow buttons under each photo to see the answers. It’s not really a quiz … it doesn’t keep score. But it’s a great educational exercise, even for people who can already spot poison ivy.
This is one of those rare occasions when I just want to share some pictures, and few words. For a terrific, creatively written account of Haeckel’s roles in history, see: The Heavenly Zoo of Ernst Haeckel, an enjoyable read whether you like Haeckel or not, and a far better piece than I would write.
Below are some marvelous illustrations by the amazing Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), “German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms …” (quoted from Wikipedia biography of Haeckel). If he were here today, he’d be a blogger, too.
I ran into Haeckel during research for my post on British Soldier Lichens (Cladonia cristatella). He grabbed my attention with this illustration of Cladonia lichens, with an index, that he created at the age of 26 (click to enlarge):
from Kunstformen der Natur (1900), plate 83: Cladonia by Ernst Haekel
Index to plate 83
Key to index:
1. Cladonia retipora
2. Cladonia perfoliata
3. Cladonia verticillata
4. Cladonia squamosa
5. Cladonia fimbriata
6. Cladonia cornucopiae
7. Sticta pulmonaria
8. Parmelia stellaris
9. Parmelia olivacea
But THAT, as they say, is NOTHING. Here is just a splash of other Haeckel work and some pictures of him (click to open pictures in carousel mode, then look at the bottom right corner of any picture for the full view link):
And he’s a handsome fella, too!
- The Heavenly Zoo of Ernst Haeckel (quantumbiologist.wordpress.com) – A MUST READ if this topic is of any interest to you, OR if you would not mind being led to become interested.
- Featured Artist: Ernst Haeckel (bryannachapeskie.wordpress.com)
- Spirals (2hpencil.com)