transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, NASA, Venus Transit 2012,

Venus says farewell

At approximately 05.50 British Summer Time today, Venus completed her transit across the face of the Sun and disappeared again for another 105.5 years. Photo via NASA/SDO/AIA

transit of Venus, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, NASA, Venus Transit 2012,

Venus says farewell

At approximately 05.50 British Summer Time today, Venus completed her transit across the face of the Sun and disappeared again for another 105.5 years. Photo via NASA/SDO/AIA

Joseph Banks, Banks' Florilegium, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Banksia serrata, commonly known as Old Man Banksia, Saw Banksia, Saw-tooth Banksia and Red Honeysuckle, is a species of woody shrub or tree of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to east coast Australia is

Joseph Banks, Banks' Florilegium, Sydney Parkinson, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Banksia serrata, commonly known as Old Man Banksia, Saw Banksia, Saw-tooth Banksia and Red Honeysuckle, is a species of woody shrub or tree of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family. The plant is native to east coast Australia is

Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

Tahiti, Samuel Wallis, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

On this day in 1769…

  Several days after returning to Tahiti from Mo‘orea following the 3 June transit of Venus, the Endeavour’s naturalist Joseph Banks took a walk in the woods, as he often did. While some of the men already suspected that another

Sydney Parkinson, Banks' Florilegium, Endeavour botanical illustrations, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ficus parkinsonii was the name given to a type of Australian fig, which today is known by the trinomial moniker Ficus superba var. henneana. The specimen above was collected by the naturalist Joseph Banks on a brief visit to Booby

Sydney Parkinson, Banks' Florilegium, Endeavour botanical illustrations, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Ficus parkinsonii was the name given to a type of Australian fig, which today is known by the trinomial moniker Ficus superba var. henneana. The specimen above was collected by the naturalist Joseph Banks on a brief visit to Booby

Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Han, the Little Merman

He may not be a prince but Copenhagen’s statue of the Little Mermaid finally has a companion almost a hundred years after she was unveiled in the harbour of Langelinie. ‘Han’ (meaning ‘him’ in Danish) is a polished stainless steel

Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Han, the Little Merman

He may not be a prince but Copenhagen’s statue of the Little Mermaid finally has a companion almost a hundred years after she was unveiled in the harbour of Langelinie. ‘Han’ (meaning ‘him’ in Danish) is a polished stainless steel

Herbert James Draper, Odyssey, Homer, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Sirens versus mermaids

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets Virgil and Ovid located them on a

Herbert James Draper, Odyssey, Homer, mermaids, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Sirens versus mermaids

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, portrayed as femmes fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets Virgil and Ovid located them on a

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s

Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Richard Corbould, transit of Venus, botany, astronomy, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell,

Historical botanical (and astronomical) illustration of the day

In the era of Enlightenment, books of knowledge, like Encyclopaedia Londinensis, published by English printer, bookseller and stationer John Wilkes in 1807, became more and more ambitious in their scope and scale. This is perhaps best illustrated by the book’s