Posted by Fiona Sunday, April 20, 2014 0 comments

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In a beautiful example of a closed but functional ecosystem, David Latimer has grown a garden sealed inside of a giant glass bottle that he has only opened once since he started it almost 54 years ago.

Latimer planted the garden on Easter Sunday in 1960. He placed some compost and a quarter pint of water into a 10-gallon glass carboy and inserted a spiderwort sprout using wires. In 1972, he opened the garden again to add a bit of water. With that one exception, the garden has remained totally sealed – all it needs is plenty of sunlight!

It might seem strange to some that a totally sealed garden would thrive like this, but it’s not – the garden is a perfectly self-sufficient ecosystem. The bacteria in the compost break down the dead plants and break down the oxygen given off by the plants, turning it into the carbon dioxide that the plants need to survive. The bottle is an excellent micro version of the earth as a whole.

Posted by Fiona Saturday, April 19, 2014 0 comments

Amazing places in Australia.

Twin Falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
The Pilbara, Western Australia
The Painted Desert, South Australia

Lord Howe Island
Lake Eyre, South Australia
Kata Tjutja, Northern Territory
Perry Sand Hills, Victoria
Mount Seaview, New South Wales
The Twelve Apostles, Victoria
Deep Creek Conservation Park, South Australia
Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory
The Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
The Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Organ Pipes National Park, Victoria

Red Centre, Northern Territory
Mt. Warning, New South Wales
Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Lady Musgrove Island, Queensland
The Grampians National Park, Victoria
Shell Beach, Western Australia
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Jenolan Caves, New South Wales
Fraser Island, Queensland
The Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Mt. Wellington, Tasmania
Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania

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