Growing quickly and dying relatively young, the poplar tree is the James Dean of trees. What’s with the name? Back in Roman times, the trees were frequently planted around public–or popular–meeting places, giving rise to its scientific genus name of Populus.
Don’t let “127 Hours” scare you; slot canyons can be pure beauty. Case in point: Arizona’s Antelope Canyon. At first blush, its Navajo name, Tsé bighánlílíní or “the place where water runs…
There are literally thousands of different bee species flying around out there, and it is biologist Sam Droege’s job to identify and document them, as head of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program. Located in Maryland, the program collects and carefully archives every detail of each species, including those so tiny that they can’t be discerned by the naked eye. Luckily, Droege is an extremely talented photographer, and is able to capture these fuzzy subjects in a manner that brings out their inner beauty. This initiative has been helping researchers and students identify bee species since 2010.
Few volcanoes are as spectacular as Mount Nyiragongo. Known for its active lava lake and (relatively) frequent eruptions, this incredible volcano has the potential for widespread disaster. Unfortunately, political unrest prevents the scientific community from studying the dangerous volcano in depth. But as seen in these breathtaking images, scientists and photographers have still been able to capture the bubbling, fiery lava that churns within the mountain’s lava lake.
Henrique Oliveira’s artwork is unparalleled. Whether observing his colorful paintings or walking through a larger-than-life installation, viewers are enthralled by both the immensity and the unique appearance of his paintings, sculptures and art installations. Though the Brazilian artist lives and works in São Paulo, his work has crossed oceans, being displayed and installed in museums and galleries worldwide.