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Photo of the Day – Planted Ads

Aril 15, 2010

An efficient use of ad space and plants.

Eco garden ads are sprouting up all around urban environments.


Though, I'm not sure how the plants feel.

It might be a bit of an oxymoron for the advertisement as well.

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Ups and Downs of London’s Natural History Museum

London’s Natural History Museum is a real treat for adults and kids alike, however, I’m not sure it compares to other natural history museums such as the one in New York City or The Smithsonian. It has it’s ups and downs, and despite it’s lack of outstanding impression, I’d go back again.

The Down

What wasn’t great was the dinosaur exhibit. It’s not as big as one would expect. There aren’t that many fossils, and there might even be more posters and information cards up than bones around.

There's a good collection of animal specimens.


The Up

What was great was the ecology portion of the museum. The exhibit covers the basics of life on earth, the environment, climate, and ecosystems. It’s also a bit of eye candy for those who like beautiful and shimmering displays and shiny lights. And the kids will love the life size and blown up models of the farm and plant cells.

The ecology exhibits hosts a trace-like video encompassing nature, earth, oceans, and life.


Giant plant cell.

The Unique

What was unique about the museum was the exhibits on memory and how a baby is made. I’ve never seen such complex or unique exhibits like these at science museums or natural history museums. One could spend a half hour plus in each exhibit.

Exhibit on how babies are made.


The extensive memory and senses exhibit.


To Eat

If you get hungry, there are several eateries, but one can also bring a bag lunch and have that on the fronts steps or the museum’s side garden. 

When & When Not

Avoid going on Wednesdays and weekends if you can help it. If those are your only options, head out early because the line will be long – a half hour plus! So get there well before it opens if you want to get in early.

Impressive architecture.


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The value of urban trees

I dug these up and out of iPhoto.

I was walking around Amherst on April 25 and found many of the trees on the common had red paper tags attached to them.

The red tags described “the value of urban trees.”

“The mission of the Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition is to transform Boston’s urban forest in order to improve the urban ecosystem, public health and the quality of life of Boston’s residents,” according to the Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition Web site. The BUFC is coalition of non-profits whose goal is to improve the environment and public life of Boston’s citizens.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, trees are extremely valuable to urban environments and “have environmental, social, aesthetic, and economic values.” Trees can control erosion and pollution, reduce the cost of air-conditioning, and serves wildlife, according to the Web site.

The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service states, the value of trees in urban environments goes beyond the ecosystem and health, and saves money. According to the site, there are “psychological and aesthetic values” as well as social and historic values.

For more information, check out this PDF called The Citizen Forester by the Massachusetts Urban Forestry Program.

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