James Borrell is a biodiversity scientist and science communicator researching how people and nature can adapt to environmental change.

Learning To See The Wood For The Trees




Learning To See The Wood For The Trees

These are a handful of macro shots from one of the glass houses at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. I’ve been a few times as a tourist, because it is of course right up my street as someone with a passion for trees. I’m particularly excited to be spending two weeks there next month, working on a course as part of my PhD.

Yep, that’s right, as a conservationist I think Tigers and Polar Bears are great – but my cup of tea is trees (even tiny dwarfs, like the one I study in Scotland). Think for a moment if you had a 40m tall, 50 ton animal outside your window, that would be quite something. Instead you may well have trees instead, which stand there for centuries and centuries, come wind, rain or sunshine. The more you think about it, the more impressive they are. Take a closer look next time.

If you have some nice photographs, feel free to share a link in the comments.

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