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  • Texas’ Big Bend:A Photographic Adventure | BEYONDbones
    A real desert storm and we had no tents Even with all the hardships we were all entranced with the vastness and grandeur of Big Bend That was the first of many many trips both with the Scouts and then with camping buddies and family Being a fourth generation portrait photographer the two months leading up to Christmas were filled with eighteen hour workdays Then on December 26 each year I would go off to Big Bend for some mind clearing solitude That s the one thing most people have told me they treasure most about the area My photography in Big Bend started with snapshots of the people who were sharing the experience with us Then came many years of pictures of things that just caught my attention These were just personal mementos tucked away in albums They were not made with any publication articles or exhibits in mind That let me be creative and make pictures that truly came from the heart They reflect both the incredible natural history of Big Bend and its human history as well Several years ago friends and clients urged me to share my pictures with the world That resulted in the book Texas Big Bend A Photographic Adventure From the Pecos To The Rio Grande published by Bright Sky Press in 2009 It s the first book that encompasses the 850 000 acre Big Bend National Park Big Bend Ranch State Park historic towns and ranches The exhibit now on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is based on photographs from the book and prints that have been acquired by major art museums 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged Big Bend National Park HMNS mike marvins photography photos by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2010/07/texas-big-benda-photographic-adventure/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Lois: What Happens Next [Corpse Flower] | BEYONDbones
    and at that point she might be able to survive the ordeal of producing fruit 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged lois by Nancy Bookmark the permalink About Nancy Nancy is Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and curator of entomology A plant ecologist by training she specializes in the interaction between insects especially butterflies and plants The tropics are her favorite habitat and she heads south to Central and South America whenever possible View all posts by Nancy 13 thoughts on Lois What Happens Next Corpse Flower Sarah on July 25 2010 at 9 49 am said Thanks for all the valuable information Katherine on July 25 2010 at 10 15 am said Thank you for the excellent explanation of Lois Jill Moffitt on July 25 2010 at 10 17 am said Thank you thank you thank you Kimberly on July 25 2010 at 10 19 am said Thank you for blogging about this and having the web cam I know that the tech distance learning people from my district have been trying to get hold of you all We would love to collaborate with the museum and other schools around the nation the next time you all have an event like this It would be great if students could regularly communicate with your experts and other classrooms through the year culminating with a field trip to the museum I know many teachers especially 4th and 5th grade science teachers who would love to have access to experts and better ideas for teaching science PJ Holliday on July 25 2010 at 10 55 am said Thank you Very informative We will be checking on her in the future Congrats to your staff well done Dedicated my blog to Lois and Me this month quite inspiring to this nature lover Laura on July 25 2010 at 11 18 am said Dr Nancy thank you and your whole team at the museum for sharing this experience of Lois with us It has been a wonderful and fun experience Melissa G on July 25 2010 at 12 25 pm said Thank you for all the education Zach and Team Lois have done a tremendous job engaging the worldwide community during Lois blooming What an amazing legacy Lois has left us She s helped us all remember our place in the natural world Plus she looks awesome in aubergine Looking forward to Funk Watch Part Deux Linda on July 25 2010 at 3 20 pm said The staff at HMNS is certainly to be congratulated on how well you have presented Lois It has been a lot of fun and I have especially enjoyed seeing how it has caught on with the entire city and beyond When we were there late Friday afternoon the lines were long but the general atmosphere was happy and in the entire time we were there I heard only one negative comment about the wait Now you just need to make a

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  • BLOOM! [Corpse Flower] | BEYONDbones
    but can t get there until after the weekend Will she still be full size on Monday Tuesday Will the smell still be in the air Don t think ny 3 year old will like that Thanks Megan on July 23 2010 at 3 18 pm said If I can t see her this weekend and my only options are tonight or monday night what would be your suggestion N Vogel on July 23 2010 at 6 04 pm said I was wondering how pollination was going to be done I didn t see the museum releasing a horde of carrion beetles to do the job Pity All that work Lois did and she doesn t get any babies John K on July 23 2010 at 6 40 pm said Maybe you answered this question already but how did the plant get the name of Lois Erin F on July 23 2010 at 6 50 pm said Hi John Lois is named in honor of the mother of the staff member who brought Lois the corpse flower to the Museum Lois the Mom was an avid gardener who inspired her son s pursuit of horticulture as a career Erin F on July 23 2010 at 6 51 pm said We are not going to pollinate Lois as this causes her flower to close up much sooner With so much interest in this flower we did not want her to close up before everyone who wants to see her has a chance to do so Erin F on July 23 2010 at 6 51 pm said Hi Megan You should come see Lois as soon as possible she s very unpredictable and we do not know how long the bloom will last Erin F on July 23 2010 at 6 52 pm said Hi KZ You should come see Lois as soon as possible we do not know how longer her bloom will last as she has been very unpredictable so far The smell is already starting to dissipate and will likely be gone by tomorrow Krithy on July 23 2010 at 10 03 pm said Hi Erin So will the smell be gone by Sunday afternoon I will not be able to come until then I am really anxious to smell it at its peak Erin F on July 23 2010 at 10 25 pm said hi Kristy I m sorry to say the smell is already mostly gone it only lasts for 8 12 hours and it started a around 3 am today She s still a sight to see though come by an check her out Justin on July 24 2010 at 10 28 am said Erin I am curious about the decision to display Lois so soon and the ramifications that it may have had on her blooming Do you think that by removing her from the greenhouse 2 weeks ago that it stunted her bloom and that the reason her bloom has the wilt characteristics is

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  • VIDEO: The Beginning of the Bloom? [Corpse Flower] | BEYONDbones
    sticker Actually as it s an original I think you could sell a bunch I added the graphic to your flickr group Belinda Smerdon on July 23 2010 at 7 55 am said Man Get the poor girl out of there Leave her alone all the people and flashes and stuff is no doubt stressing her out No wonder she wont bloom to her potential and looks so unhealthy wilted You guys should know better Plants have feelings to Erin F on July 23 2010 at 8 14 am said Hi Melissa That s so cool Here s a link for anyone who wants to check out the design http www flickr com photos melgarza 4820657946 in pool hmns Thank you so much for sharing this with us Brian on July 23 2010 at 10 34 am said Is she expected to open up any further Also if I have a ticket for 10 00 pm is that the earliest time I can go in or can I just go in earlier I know the ticket gets you admission until midnight Brian on July 23 2010 at 11 21 am said Will she still be there late tomorrow night in full bloom Erin F on July 23 2010 at 11 39 am said Hi Brian We think this might be it but with Lois you never can tell She s showing the vase shape instead of the bell shape we were expecting but this is a common bloom type for corpse flowers If your ticket is for 10 pm that s when you can go in most likely the other times will be sold out as well and we have to limit the number of people in the gallery at once I hope this helps Erin F on July 23

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  • Corpse Flower Update! July 21, 2010 | BEYONDbones
    examples of other corpse flowers Lois seems to be on the darkest end of the spectrum Many others have spathes that are considerably lighter almost maroon in color while someone described Lois s color as aubergine We think she is stunningly beautiful Lois spathe up close See more of the latest Corpse Flower photos on Flickr Because we are not going to attempt to pollinate the female flowers inside the bottom portion of Lois spathe we think the bloom will remain open for a couple of days Her smell according to others with experience with these fantastic plants should only be truly potent for the first 8 12 hours and then will lessen considerably We re hoping to devise a stinkometer so people can indicate how potent they think her odor is when they visit Please continue to follow us online at on Twitter Facebook and Flickr to help you determine when to visit All hail the stinky queen 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged corpse flower HMNS lois by Nancy Bookmark the permalink About Nancy Nancy is Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and curator of entomology A plant ecologist by training she specializes in the interaction between insects especially butterflies and plants The tropics are her favorite habitat and she heads south to Central and South America whenever possible View all posts by Nancy 13 thoughts on Corpse Flower Update July 21 2010 Christine Portillo on July 21 2010 at 5 37 pm said I mentioned on Twitter that with her rich coloring and etched ruching Lois could ve modeled for a Georgia O Keefe painting Tracking her taunting striptease has been an engaging one of a kind experience hope to visit the Cockrell Center again now that it s really Show Smell time The lovely Lois erumpent at last pennie on July 21 2010 at 5 48 pm said Going tonight to visit Amanda on July 21 2010 at 5 48 pm said How exciting So the 8 12 hours of potent smell does that begin when she is fully open or has it already started since the spathe has separated from the spadix Mike on July 21 2010 at 6 10 pm said Interesting Erin F on July 21 2010 at 7 21 pm said Hi Amanda She has already started to smell but really only to the staff who can get really close to her We anticipate that the smell will get much stronger soon but she s been totaly unpredictable so far We will definitely post the news when the smell is in full gear Mary on July 21 2010 at 7 44 pm said Y know I think ol Lois was just waiting for Nancy and everyone to come back from vacations and family reunions before she really opened up to the world Ya gotta respect her she s takin her time feelin her rhythm goin slow and long and she does it all on her own

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  • All Summer Long | BEYONDbones
    nights the Museum of Fine Arts free on Thursdays and the Houston Arboretum which is always free Plan ahead car pool and park at a place where you can walk to all the fun places you are going to visit Or even use the public transportation system Just remember that the fewer miles you drive the less it costs and the greener it is Carpooling is also a great way to save energy and money There are special summer foods that we all enjoy I enjoy spitting out watermelon seeds on my Grandma s back porch or standing outside and talking to my brother in law while he grills This summer think locally for you favorite summer foods as well I think walking down the aisles at my local farmer s market is a great experience To see all the freshly grown fruits and vegetables to go through them and pick out the perfect prize is a gratifying experience in itself In this day and age of instant gratification we don t think about all the energy that goes into moving unseasonable fruits and vegetables to a grocery store So save the environment and get better produce by buying local Go outside this summer As I ve already shown there are lots of places to go this summer that are outside And it can save money How do I save money by doing activities outside you may ask It s easy to explain When you re not inside running a lot of different electrical devices you use less electricity Not all of this has to be rocket science Everny hour you re outside at the pool the arboretum or your local park is an hour you re not running your laptop HD TV video gaming system and stereo On the same note make sure to turn off everything including the lights when you do go outside There is no reason you should be paying for what you re not using photo credit tboard For some fun outside green projects this summer I suggest gardening You don t need a hydroponics setup to grow some of your own food and spices I recommend picking something easy at first So far I have tried grape tomatoes and basil They both produced good size crops handfuls of grape tomatoes and far far more basil then I thought You can include the whole family giving younger members their own plots and having the older ones work a single large plot Another great green summer pastime is reading outdoors You may ask how this is green Well that s easy We have already shown that you use less electricity when you shut everything down and go outside Currently most people still use actual books written on paper so that requires no electricity either A hammock is a wonderful way to dabble in summer reading but a towel spread on grass works just the same or maybe even just the grass itself you wild bohemian you

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  • Will Lois Begin To Bloom Tonight? [7.20.10] | BEYONDbones
    updated on Facebook Twitter and the Museum s web site 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged lois by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In a past life she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS View all posts by Erin B 14 thoughts on Will Lois Begin To Bloom Tonight 7 20 10 Lou Ann Phillips on July 20 2010 at 8 19 pm said Thank you for letting us come in and see Lois for letting us watch her develope on Webcam and for letting us see what all the Twitters are saying Thank you HMNS for all of this and more Denise Cannon on July 20 2010 at 8 31 pm said It s great being able to keep such close tabs on Lois s progress Thanks to the HMNS staff for putting in all the extra hours and to Rice University for keeping the webcam Twitter comments up and running Kari W Dermody on July 20 2010 at 9 01 pm said Dear HMNS This has been a great experience and my family has truly enjoyed this whole process Thank you so much for all you have done to not only educate everyone on such a unique plant but to also invite the public to share in this event Jeanne Cabrera on July 20 2010 at 9 02 pm said I am totally addicted to the Lois webcam Wish I was still living in Houston so I could go see her I am sending my daughter and my sister in my place Thanks for keeping us admirers updated on her slow but sure progress Christie on July 20 2010 at 9 20 pm said I am coming tomorrow from out of town and cannot wait to see Lois A fan of Lois in Japan on July 21 2010 at 12 14 am said Dear HMNS HMNS s staffs Thank you very much for your reporting details of Lois I am monitoring her through your WEB site from Tokyo Japan Unfortunately I can not meet her at HMNS but fortunately I enjoy Lois s progress in your WEB site and it is probable that I will be able to enjoy the Japanese Lois at Koishikawa Botanical Garden at Tokyo in Japan soon Your Lois s progress might be advanced a little earlier than the progress of our Japanese Lois So your reports is useful very much for me to estimate our Japanese Lois s progress Again thank you for your support of the chance to enjoy the flowerings of the different place at the same time I love and enjoy both bloomings From a fan of Lois in Japan Jackie Goudy on July 21 2010 at 12 54 am said Lois is looking good but also looks if she is wilting The webcam is too dark at night Lighten it up Is is free to get in

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  • Corpse Flower Update! July 20, 2010 | BEYONDbones
    tuned Today Lois measured 5 9 tall and about 39 around her plump midsection We continue to keep the temperature very warm and the humidity high and until she opens will be giving her a little break from all the lights and CO2 from all her fans from midnight until 9 a m But once she starts to bloom even if it is after midnight we will open the doors again so keep checking our Corpse Flower Webcam A little bit about Lois history Today I spoke to Tony Avent owner of Plant Delights the nursery from which we originally purchased Lois as a small corm I wanted to know a bit more of her history What I learned was very interesting Apparently Lois may have grown from a seed collected by Dr Jim Simon who in the early 1990 s had made it his mission to collect seeds of this plant from its native Sumatra even though he was suffering from an ultimately fatal ailment His search was partially underwritten by several private plant collectors and was featured in the David Attenborough series The Private Life of Plants It took Simon four trips but at last he found a fruiting plant and collected the seeds which he distributed to several growers Many of the plants currently grown in the USA resulted from that collection A second collection was made in June 2004 by a plant collector from Thailand and some of the younger plants in collections have come from those seeds When these flowers bloom it is always tremendously exciting and gratifying to see how turned on people can get by a giant stinky flower 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged lois by Nancy Bookmark the permalink About Nancy Nancy is Director of

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