Lower Rotgüldensee in Hintermuhr, Austria.
Can you imagine a world without plants? I can’t. Plants are our carpet, our ceiling, our walls, our food. From mankind’s point of view, they are something akin to nature’s architecture. Beyond their stationary, oft-overlooked physical forms, they are also a domain of life that we rely on to breathe and to eat.
As we continue to affect climate change and destroy huge swaths of green Earth, what will become of these species? The Kew Gardens, home of the world’s largest living plant collection, has now amassed mankind’s largest seed bank. It’s a botanical insurance policy for a future Earth, as well as a museum of visual wonders.
This video takes you through the project and features some of the collection’s most exotic seeds. The photomicroscopy is amazing, full of proof that nature’s functional forms can take on alien, exotic beauty.
As Wolfgang tells us in the video:
There’s no technological reason why any plant species should become extinct. We have every opportunity to pass on entire botanical heritage intact to future generations.
Monkey Puzzle (Rathinda amor) is a small lycaenid or blue butterfly found in south Asia.
A Redwing Turdus iliacus on a sea-buckthorn, photograph taken on the island of Rozenburg, the Netherlands.