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Fulgens Prism ~ by Christopher Marley; 20 x 24".   Rather than using standard entomology mountings, Marley interprets an artistic presentation of brilliantly-colored beetle species found around the world to emphasize their natural beauty.                                                                                                                                    

The Naturalist Catcher is a beast keenly adapted to the excess of highly enthusiastic 18th century naturalists constantly traipsing through its forest.

Been jamming on this illustration all week! I struggled with coloring it a lot, actually, but made it through in the end with a lot of patient help from Justin :) And I learned a lot on the way, which is always a good feeling!

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Jacob George Strutt, Sylva Britannica, or; Portraits of Forest Trees, distinguished for their Antiquity, Magnitude & Beauty: drawn from Nature [Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green], London, c. 1830.

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Little lichen specimen earrings!

I had these in my shop some time back, when I first started, but have only recently decided to bring them back, with improved molds and stainless steel earring wire.

I love these little guys; I have always been in the habit of picking up and pocketing fallen sections of licheny bark, and this is my opportunity to do something with them. The doming clear resin slightly magnifies the texture, enabling you to clearly see, for instance, that apothecia in the specimen in the first picture.

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DAVID ATTENBOROUGH SPEAKS OUT ON
ANTI-EVOLUTIONISTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS 
By Nico Hines for the Daily Beast, reprinted here in condensed form

Sir David Attenborough is one of the great naturalists of our time, celebrated for decades of peerless documentary making, an infectious love of the animal kingdom, and that distinctive and enthusiastic whisper.

In the U.S. Attenborough is perhaps best known for the Life on Earth series that was broadcast on PBS in the 1980’s. On the other side of the Atlantic he is an institution, recently winning a BBC poll to find the greatest living British icon.

Attenborough says he has grown sick of America’s attitude to climate change.

“I think it’s very sad that people won’t accept evidence for what it says—it’s extraordinary that one of the wealthiest, materially advanced societies in the world can support irrational myths in that way,” he said. “That they should do it privately is up to them but since what they do effects that whole world it’s pretty serious that they should not accept that humanity has been responsible for these changes that are absolutely evident to everyone else.”

He does have sympathy for those who resist the prevailing science on climate change.

There are very good reasons why people should not wish to accept it, because it interferes with their business,” he said. “I would much prefer it wasn’t true—but it is true and unless we can do something about it we are going to be in trouble.” 

He has less time for those who deny the existence of evolution, however.

Every society in the world has found it necessary to produce a story to account for the fact that humanity is on earth,” he said. “The Australian Aboriginals think that the first humans were regurgitated by a great rainbow serpent in the sky, the people in Thailand think the beginning of the world was a huge pool of milk and a snake was pulled by demons, and the milk coagulated and that formed human beings and there was a time, two and a half to three thousand years ago, when people on the east end of the Mediterranean thought woman was made from the rib of the first man.

“If somebody says to me I believe every word of the Bible is true, you can’t argue against that degree of irrationality…there is actually a way of looking at the natural world and seeing the evidence and it’s all there. And what’s more it’s the same evidence whether it’s in Australia or Northern Europe or wherever. It’s all the same—it all produces the same answer and you can all see the evidence—if you reject that then there’s nothing I can say.”

Attenborough and his fellow naturalists have been demonstrating the science behind evolution and the fossils that show the development of animal species for decades, and yet recent years have seen an uptick in the number of Americans who believe God put humans directly on earth. One suggested explanation, has been the surge of unchecked disinformation available online.

“Never before in history has the entire world been able to speak to one another. We are at the beginning of an extraordinary evolution as a species—one species is able to communicate instantly with every member,” Attenborough said. “I’m not so cynical as to think that ignorance will always win.”

Abbreviated form of article/interview by Nico Hines in the Daily Beast (February 2014) published in their entertainment section (they have no science section)

Portrait photograph by Sam Faulkner.