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nprfreshair:

Say cheese. 

Photograph taken in November, 1909 shows three members of the Payro family being “photographed” by their cat: Edmund, age 12, Ernest, age 8, and Cecilia, age 5.

Payro, J. (Joseph C.), 1862-1953 via Retronaut

nprfreshair:

Say cheese. 

Photograph taken in November, 1909 shows three members of the Payro family being “photographed” by their cat: Edmund, age 12, Ernest, age 8, and Cecilia, age 5.

Payro, J. (Joseph C.), 1862-1953 via Retronaut

nprfreshair:

Laurence Packer loves bees. "Passion is a bit of an understatement, maybe I’m obsessed," he tells us.  His book, Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Themexplores what exactly bees do and why its so important that we protect them. In today’s interview he explains how pollination can affect fruit and vegetable crops: 

"A nice, economically valuable watermelon that’s large and quite round and not malformed requires a couple of thousand pollen grains to be deposited. And that might require seven or so different visits of a bee to the flower.

In California, where these studies have been done in the most detail, there are 40 different species of bees that will perform that service. If not enough pollen gets onto the watermelon you get a [misshapen] one. And if you don’t get any pollen, you don’t get any watermelon at all.

Some crops are entirely dependent upon pollination. Others don’t require pollinators at all, such as cereal grains. Others are pollinated by the wind, such as grapes. But most of the tastiest products from plants — such as most fruits and vegetables — these require pollination for the development for the fruit or the vegetable, or at least for the propagation of the vegetable plants through seeds.”

Photos: Sam Droege/Flickr and Wayne Boo/Flickr

staff:

Congrats to the Fred Levy and his Black Dogs Project blog. It’s an effort to correct the fact that black dogs are sadly, routinely passed over for adoption. It’s nothing but photos of black dogs against black backgrounds, it’s beautiful, and it’s about to become a book. It’ll be out in fall of 2015, and its pages will be heavy with ink.

If you yourself have a black dog, by the way, Fred still needs models… 

photographersdirectory:

Hi, my name is Max and I’m an aspiring photographer from West Yorkshire, UK. I have been taking photos for about 3 years now and I would like to follow it professionally although I am not very good right now.

photographersdirectory:

Hi, my name is Max and I’m an aspiring photographer from West Yorkshire, UK. I have been taking photos for about 3 years now and I would like to follow it professionally although I am not very good right now.

smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Sheep at Sunrise
Photography by Ernest Wright (Phoenix, AZ); Þórsmörk, Iceland.

smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Sheep at Sunrise

Photography by Ernest Wright (Phoenix, AZ); Þórsmörk, Iceland.

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