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Home School: The Smithsonian has released more than 2.8 million images you can use for free via The Verge

April 21st, 2020 Comments off

The Smithsonian Institution is releasing 2.8 million high-res images from its massive collection into the public domain, putting them online for anyone to use and download for free. The open-access online platform will include 2D and 3D images from its 19 museums, nine research centers, archives, libraries, and the National Zoo, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

“Being a relevant source for people who are learning around the world is key to our mission,” Effie Kapsalis, the Smithsonian’s senior digital program officer, says. “We can’t imagine what people are going to do with the collections. We’re prepared to be surprised.”

Home School: Get Free Science Illustrations From the Biodiversity Heritage Library via Vitals

April 19th, 2020 Comments off
If you’re looking for a new wallpaper, a tattoo idea, or just an amazing time scrolling through illustrations from the past, the Biodiversity Heritage Library holds a treat for you. Its thousands of public domain images and digitized books are also educational, collecting observations of the natural world from seven centuries and across the globe.

Home School: A Photographer’s Guide To ‘Slow Seeing’ The Beauty In Everyday Nature via

April 18th, 2020 Comments off
Home School: A Photographer's Guide To 'Slow Seeing' The Beauty In Everyday Nature via

At first glance, you might see a jumble of weeds, a thicket of twigs, a heap of dying leaves. You might be inclined to stop looking at this point.

Janelle Lynch invites you to look closer, and slower. She’d want you to see each image as a world in itself — not an accidental grouping of plant matter, but a well-ordered composition created by nature and fixed in time and space by her 8-by-10-inch large-format camera.

Read A Photographer’s Guide To ‘Slow Seeing’ The Beauty In Everyday Nature via

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Home School: Primitive Technology: Pot Made of Wood Ash – New Clay Alternative via Primitive Technology on YouTube

April 10th, 2020 Comments off

Bring The Outdoors In With These “White Cactus Flower” Pillows and More! [For Sale]

April 8th, 2020 Comments off

Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) via Instagram

April 6th, 2020 Comments off

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Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow)

Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) via Instagram

Part of the nightshade family but oh so pretty. The colors of the flowers change over time.

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Bee 🐝 on Lavender via Instagram

April 2nd, 2020 Comments off

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Bee 🐝 on Lavender via Instagram

The lavender was covered with bees yesterday as the temperatures warmed up.

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Home School: Monarchs by the Millions: Welcome to Butterfly Forest via Great Big Story On YouTube [Video]

March 25th, 2020 Comments off
The largest insect migration in the world ends each year in Michoacán, Mexico. Millions of monarch butterflies travel from the United States and Canada to pass the cold months in the towering trees of this beautiful forest. On their incredible journey, the butterflies travel around 2,800 miles.

Home School: Whale experts launch free, virtual marine biology camp to entertain and inform kids via GeekWire

March 22nd, 2020 Comments off

The scientists running Seattle-based Oceans Initiative more typically apply their marine mammal expertise to research on endangered orcas or conservation of white-sided dolphins in Washington’s Puget Sound.

But the upside-down world of the new coronavirus and the closure of their nearly 6-year-old daughter’s school inspired them this week to launch what they’ve dubbed their Virtual Marine Biology Camp.

Home School: Download 435 High Resolution Images from John J. Audubon’s The Birds of America via Open Culture

March 21st, 2020 Comments off
While we are all stuck at home, we might as well learn something. Check out these amazing Audubon bird painting then get outside yourself. — Douglas

In our experience, bird lovers fall into two general categories:

Keenly observant cataloguers like John James Audubon …

And those of us who cannot resist assigning anthropomorphic personalities and behaviors to the 435 stars of Audubon’s The Birds of America, a stunning collection of prints from life-size watercolors he produced between 1827 and 1838.

Our suspicions have little to do with biology, but rather, a certain zestiness of expression, an overemphatic beak, a droll gleam in the eye.

The Audubon Society’s newly redesigned website abounds with treasure for those in either camp:

  • Free high res downloads of all 435 plates.
  • Mp3s of each specimen’s call.
  • And vintage commentary that effectively splits the difference between science and the unintentionally humorous locutions of another age.