Posts Tagged: Endeavour

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

Venus, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Joseph Banks, Captain Cook, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A security breach at Fort Venus

On May 1, 1769, Captain Cook declared Fort Venus secure enough to bring the Endeavour’s most valuable cargo ashore Tahiti – an astronomical quadrant from the acclaimed mathematical instrument maker John Bird. A quadrant measures the latitude of celestial objects

Venus, transit of Venus, Tahiti, Joseph Banks, Captain Cook, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell

A security breach at Fort Venus

On May 1, 1769, Captain Cook declared Fort Venus secure enough to bring the Endeavour’s most valuable cargo ashore Tahiti – an astronomical quadrant from the acclaimed mathematical instrument maker John Bird. A quadrant measures the latitude of celestial objects

Hibiscus, Tahiti, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, Natalie Waddell

The Queen of Tahiti

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is one of some 300 species within the Hibiscus genus, which in turn is part of the Malvaceae family of flowering plants. It is sometimes known as the Queen of Tahiti. It is one of many plant genera

Hibiscus, Tahiti, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, Natalie Waddell

The Queen of Tahiti

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is one of some 300 species within the Hibiscus genus, which in turn is part of the Malvaceae family of flowering plants. It is sometimes known as the Queen of Tahiti. It is one of many plant genera

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

botany, Joseph Banks, Sydney Parkinson, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, transit of Venus,

Expert botanists – an endangered species

International science journal Nature has published an article called Superstars of botany: Rare specimens, explaining how a handful of plant hunters has shaped the field over the past 200 years and warning that such experts are now in danger of

Tahiti, James Cook, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Prince Nassau-Siegen,

Strangers in Otaheite

On April 24, 1769, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander went off to explore. They headed east away from the place where the Endeavour’s men had begun to establish Fort Venus at the northern tip of the island the locals called

Tahiti, James Cook, Joseph Banks, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Prince Nassau-Siegen,

Strangers in Otaheite

On April 24, 1769, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander went off to explore. They headed east away from the place where the Endeavour’s men had begun to establish Fort Venus at the northern tip of the island the locals called

Sydney Parkinson, Joseph Banks, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Tahiti, transit of Venus,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Thespesia populnea, commonly known as the Portia Tree, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The above watercolour was painted by the artist Sydney Parkinson while in Tahiti, during Captain Cook’s first voyage round the world.

Sydney Parkinson, Joseph Banks, florilegium, Mrs Morgan's Florilegium, Natalie Waddell, Tahiti, transit of Venus,

Historical botanical illustration of the day

Thespesia populnea, commonly known as the Portia Tree, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The above watercolour was painted by the artist Sydney Parkinson while in Tahiti, during Captain Cook’s first voyage round the world.