Christina Mrozik has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the types of relationships that form within it. Having grown up on the Grand River in Michigan, she was inspired by it’s habitats at an early age. Blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of the human heart. She often draws with ink and marker on paper, adding bursts of color with watercolor and high pigmented acrylics. Christina is inspired by many of the early naturalists such as Audobon, but also by visual storytellers such as Rackham. She views the art making process as one of portraiture, in which analyzing the drawing helps make sense of peoples’ histories and abilities. Currently based in Grand Rapids Michigan, she has shown both regionally and nationally. Currently she is working on designs for Twinne in London, branding projects for Nice Collective and recently returned from Cabin Time: A Roaming Artist Residency in the Porcupine Mountains. She is making work every day in her studio in preparation for upcoming shows, and is excited to see what’s next.
Beautiful astronomical illustrations by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, all based on observations made by the French artist-astronomer in the 1870s and 1880s. Fun fact: Trouvelot, also an entomologist, is somewhat infamous for the unfortunate introduction of the gypsy moth into North America. Those pesky things are known to feast on the leaves of over 300 species of trees, shrubs and plants. (New York Public Library)
The present volume deals with the members of the Carnivora, with which most people are familiar, viz., the Cats, and I am again indebted to Mr. Lydekker for a most useful summary of our present knowledge of these animals, and also for his very interesting conclusion to the work, wherein he deals with the extinct members of the Order.
inspired by field guide illustrations, a western meadowlark (oregon’s state bird!) on the belly of a tough-as-nails 18 year old who sat for 2.5 hours barely flinching.
Measured Red Fox skull illustration
If Cymbals Eat Guitars has a unifying philosophy, it’s that rock music is a negotiable solid.
Really enjoying this band and especially everything off this new album.
This may look like the result of photoshop, but unfortunately it is not. This orange discolouration is the result of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD). It is caused when water flows over or through sulphur-bearing materials forming solutions of net acidity. It is mainly associated with abandoned coal mines and currently active mining. AMD is formed when pyrite, an Iron Sulphide is exposed and reacts with air and water to form sulphuric acid and dissolved Iron. It is the Iron precipitate that is accredited to the discolouration. The acid nature of the run off also aids to further dissolve heavy metals such as lead copper and mercury; this in turn can lead to contamination of both surface and groundwater.
Aside from the potential impact on potable water, AMD can have severe impacts on fish, animals and plants. Many impacted streams have a pH of 4 or lower; that is similar to battery acid. For an example of how AMD has effected aquaculture in 8 miles of a river in New Mexico follow the link: http://nm.water.usgs.gov/projects/questa/ .
So, we know that AMD can affect humans and animals, but there is some more bad news. It is not a once off event. Acid mine drainage can be described as perpetual pollution in that in can continue indefinitely -long after mining has ended. As an example; officials have determined that acid drainage at the Golden Sunlight mine in Montana will continue for thousands of years.
Acid mine drainage can be treated, but at a huge cost; currently acid runoff from the Summitville Mine in Colorado, which killed all biological life in a 17-mile stretch of the Alamosa River, is being treated at a cost of $30,000 a day. That’s $10,950,000 a year.
As ever, prevention is better than cure; and certainly cheaper.
For further examples of acid mine drainage, go here:http://toxics.usgs.gov/regional/mining/index.html
This image shows Lick Run, a tributary of the West Branch Susquehanna River in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Tattoos on my friend Peter
By Roetter, Paulus, Engelmann, George, Mueller, Mrs. S.
Contributing Library:Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library
Manly - New South Wales - Australia (von nigelhowe)
Source: Flickr / legin101
Shooting stars. 1875.
Banff NP, Alberta
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