Oxford's Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 with a mission "To promote the furtherance of learning and to glorify nature".The oldest tree in the Garden is an English Yew planted in 1645.Although at the time they were not planted for their medicinal properties, yew trees now provide the raw material for two important cancer drugs, paclitaxel (taxol) and docetaxel (taxotere).The magic of trees can be enjoyed in many images and also from the fact that the oldest species in the garden also offers... continue reading
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It is fascinating to enjoy the history of plants.There is an original London Plane tree in the Botanic Garden of Oxford that gave rise to the common tree species that line many of London's roads today.By shedding it's bark continually this species is not affected by the pollution of the road traffic.Other plants that linger in the gardens of old churches are often the remains of the monasteries that once stood on the site.Henry VIII famously dissolved many of the monasteries.The ones that... continue reading
I was in a really bad accident last week, literally run over by a 19 foot U Haul. I don't blog about this for sympathy but here it is summer, great weather and I am stuck in the house healing, and obsessing about all the great photo ops I missed during my accident and 7 hours in the ER.Firemen, cops, ambulances, stretchers, CTs, x-rays, IVs--all the medical paraphernalia I don't have access to photograph on a regular basis! Seriously not fair. I would have days of post processing and uploading... continue reading
I dunno why I am writing a blog that sounds so silly after this topic is being blurted over the media again and again. 'End of the World', Pollution, Health Hazards, etc. Its getting so frequent, common and bugging these days.I remember that some years back we would be sure of what season would be in what months. Now the climate is rapping on us so badly that it can be summer, rains or winter anytime in the year. The new problem in Asian of brown clouds is causing lung infections at an alarming... continue reading
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