Street artist paints huge lifelike murals of butterflies

November 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Street artist paints huge lifelike murals of butterflies

Graffiti artist Mantra is livening up cities with magnificent nature murals . The France-based self-taught painter adorns the sides of buildings and walls with huge murals, and butterflies are a common motif in his work — which has brightened up spaces in France, Spain, Colombia, and Austria. Nature , butterflies, and books often take center stage in Mantra’s lifelike artwork . He’s painted several butterfly murals where the insects appear as three-dimensional mounted specimens surrounded by frames as might be seen in a museum. Other murals feature women with butterfly tattoos, holding butterflies, or wearing blouses with a butterfly print. Related: Provocative street art installation shows baby peering over US-Mexico border wall La Reina del Rio (lost tape) #Bogotá Nov 2015 Drone : @kozmo_films Music : @roccaeloriginal – Con la Luna Album Bogotá/Paris Illustrated from a picture of @juliatrotti Model : @kristinasrzich Gracias a mis hermanos @ospeninkcrew @dexsink y @oxmesoleuno . #freehand #graffiti #spraycanart #noprojector #nojoke A post shared by Mantra (@mantrarea) on Sep 25, 2017 at 12:39pm PDT Butterflies aren’t the only creatures Mantra brings to life. He’s painted a snake, a bird, a grasshopper, an owl, and a cat. He often paints women outside in nature, but one striking mural features a woman reading among dozens of books on shelves. What appear to be stingrays and an owl keep her company in the piece entitled “Curiosity feeds Imagination.” Earlier this year, Street Art United States spoke with Mantra , who’s been creating street art since 2008. They reported he doesn’t use a projector or grid, but sketches out his work freehand. Mantra said he spent as much time as he could outside as a kid, and that frogs, owls, foxes, and reptiles were his superheros. He said he found “a sense of belonging, and a way of self-expression” in graffiti. Mantra also gave advice for aspiring artists in the interview, saying, “Remind yourself that you are here, alive, and all the small lessons hiding in small things surrounding us feed our imagination.” Find more of Mantra’s work on Facebook or Instagram . His art can also be glimpsed in Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Seattle. + Mantra Via Street Art United States and TreeHugger Images via Mantra on Facebook

Read more from the original source:
Street artist paints huge lifelike murals of butterflies

LEGO launches Women of NASA set

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on LEGO launches Women of NASA set

Trailblazing women who have been instrumental in NASA’s space program are being honored in a special way: as LEGO toys. The company just displayed the final design , with an official launch date for the 231-piece set that includes four women: Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman. Science writer and LEGO tinkerer Maia Weinstock proposed the idea for Women of NASA on the LEGO Ideas platform last summer – and reached 10,000 supporters in 15 days. LEGO designers Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges got on board to help transform the idea into an official set, which will launch November 1. Related: BIG’s LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark Sally Ride was the first American woman in space , while Mae Jemison was the first woman of color in space. Nancy Grace Roman was the first woman to hold an executive role at NASA, and was instrumental in planning the Hubble Telescope . Margaret Hamilton “led the team that developed the building blocks of software engineering – a term that she coined herself,” according to NASA . Weinstock said in a statement, “…when girls and women are given more encouragement in the STEM fields, they become more likely to pursue careers in these areas. With this project, I wanted to spotlight a fantastic group of women who have made seminal contributions to NASA history. My dream would be to know that the first human on Mars – or an engineer or computer scientist who helped her get there – played with the LEGO Women of NASA as a child and was inspired to pursue a STEM career as a result.” The original proposal included five women, but according to a LEGO statement, “Katherine Johnson chose not to be part of the set.” If you’re in the New York City area, there will be a pre-release event October 28 at the Flatiron District LEGO store on 200 5th Avenue from 10 AM to 2 PM. You can check out details on the Facebook event page here . Via LEGO and LEGO Ideas Blog Images via LEGO

Original post: 
LEGO launches Women of NASA set

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies

February 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies

Spurred into action by monarch butterflies ‘ declining numbers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  launched a campaign yesterday to save these iconic, endangered insects . Monarch numbers have decreased by 90 percent over the past two decades, due to pesticide and herbicide use in agricultural practices, as well as loss of wintering habitats in California and Mexico. This initiative is a desperate attempt to restore pollinator habitat and health: without pollinators , crops don’t get fertilized, and that means no food. For anyone. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Butterflies , milkweed , MONARCH , Monarch Butterflies , Monarch Joint Venture , Monarch Watch , monarchs , pollinator , pollinators , save the butterflies , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Go here to read the rest:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launches campaign to save monarch butterflies

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

June 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently , President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force . The Task Force will address declining populations of honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies. As a sign of how seriously the White House is taking the problem, the task force has just 180 days to come up with a national pollinator health strategy, “which shall include explicit goals, milestones, and metrics to measure progress.” Read the rest of President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bats , bees , birds , Butterflies , environmental protection agency , epa , Executive orders , Federal initiatives , food security , honey bee die-off , honey bees , native bees , neonicotinoids , pesticides , Policy , pollinator decline , Pollinator Health Task Force , pollinators , president obama , The White House

Read the original here: 
President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Vyacheslav Mishchenko Captures the Micro World’s Beauty in Magical Photos

April 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Vyacheslav Mishchenko Captures the Micro World’s Beauty in Magical Photos

Read the rest of Vyacheslav Mishchenko Captures the Micro World’s Beauty in Magical Photos Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ants , Butterflies , frogs , insects , lizards , MACRO , macro photographs , macro photography , Mishchenko , moths , Nature , Nature Photography , Photography , snail , snails

Read the rest here: 
Vyacheslav Mishchenko Captures the Micro World’s Beauty in Magical Photos

Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

April 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Read the rest of Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Applied Minds , Bran Ferren , eco design , extreme camper , Extreme RV , green design , high tech camper van , Kira Van , sustainable design

Read the original post:
Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

July 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the nose with it when they stop to smell their favorite bloom. The truth is that pollen is the vital stuff that plants exude to fertilize one another, and in order to get to where it needs to go, it generally needs a pollinator.  Keep reading to find out which plants will attract pollinators in your region, and which to add to your garden. Read the rest of Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bees , birds , bugs , bumblebees , Butterflies , ecological collapse , ecosystem , endangered , food security , honeybees , insects , ladybugs , moths , native flowers , native species , nectar , pollen , pollinate , pollinators        

Read more here:
Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population

March 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population

Photo via Shutterstock Just about anyone in the eastern United States will recall from their youth the beautiful black and brown Monarch butterflies that migrate en masse from Mexico to breed and feed here and in Canada, before returning to slumber in a central Mexican forest. But this year their numbers have dropped by 59 percent, according to the latest WWF-led annual census of the insects . In part this has to do with the loss of milkweed that butterflies require for food and to breed, which has declined in parts of the United States where genetically modified soybean and corn crops are grown . But that’s not the only reason, according to the experts. Read the rest of GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canada , Central Mexican forest , environmental destruction , GMOs , illegal logging , Mexican Monarch Butterflies , mexico , Monarch Butterflies , News , transboundary conservation , US , winged migration , wwf

More:
GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population

Southern Species of US Butterflies are Moving North as Climate Shifts

January 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Southern Species of US Butterflies are Moving North as Climate Shifts

Between droughts, super storms and wildfires, it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller, more subtle effects of climate change. As the planet warms, populations of plants and animals shift, adjusting their territories to deal with new conditions. A paper published last year in Nature Climate Change reported on the movement of southern butterfly species in the US. Many are packing up and moving north, establishing themselves in new sites. Subtropical and warm climate butterflies have shown the greatest movement. While southern pollinators are traveling towards states like Massachusetts, more than 75 percent of northern species have shown a decline in population, with those that overwinter eggs and larvae showing the fastest reduction in numbers. This is most likely due to the presence of drought and lack of snow cover resulting from global warming. Read the rest of Southern Species of US Butterflies are Moving North as Climate Shifts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aphrodite fritillary , Atlantis , Butterflies , Climate Change , escalator effect , frosted elfin , global warming , greg breed , Massachusetts , massachusetts butterfly club , nature climate change , US

See the original post: 
Southern Species of US Butterflies are Moving North as Climate Shifts

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

January 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Read the rest of Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed lunar base , Alta SpA , eco design , esa , european space agency , Foster and Partners , green design , Monolite U , moon colonization , Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna , sustainable design

Read the original post:
Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 7963 access attempts in the last 7 days.