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Charles Darwin Beagle Galapagos

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An Old Shell: Poems of the Galapagos, written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Tom Pohrt, is a collection of 34 poems in which Johnston pays tribute to the wonder that is the Galapagos. I'll begin at the end of the book and share an excerpt from the author's note.
After reading about them for a lifetime, in 1995 I visited the Galapagos. When you stand in this place, wild and vast and stark, looking out over the endless and shining skin of the sea, you hear the flutter and roar of Creation, feel the stir of your own beginnings upon the delicate chain of life. Here, you are at the core of the mystery and poetry of Nature.

These islands symbolize the peril that the entire earth faces. We can take it apart, sea turtle by sea turtle, shell by shell, but we cannot put it back together.

Meanwhile, as we struggle with our humanity, the sun bakes their old backs, the wind caresses the salt grass, the waves wash the Galapagos.

The book opens with a two-page map of the islands. The poem topics include the sea, the islands, animals, plants, and more. Here is one of my favorites.
Small White Flowers

At night the lava cactus blooms
In small white flowers. Its faint perfume
Floats upon the quiet dark
Along the lava still and stark
Where lone owl, old cold shadow, glides
While rice rat hugs the dark and hides.
When dawn comes up and darkness goes
Silently the petals close.




Evolutionists Flock To Darwin-Shaped Wall Stain

by Snakebyte_XX


Evolutionists Flock To Darwin-Shaped Wall Stain
Steady stream of devoted evolutionists continued to gather in this small Tennessee town today to witness what many believe is an image of Charles Darwin—author of The Origin Of Species and founder of the modern evolutionary movement—made manifest on a concrete wall in downtown Dayton.
"I brought my baby to touch the wall, so that the power of Darwin can purify her genetic makeup of undesirable inherited traits," said Darlene Freiberg, one among a growing crowd assembled here to see the mysterious stain, which appeared last Monday on one side of the Rhea County Courthouse

Harriet was 175!

by Ha-ha-er

The Truth About ‘Darwin’s Tortoise’ (Harriet estimated age 175)
Reprinted with Permission of International Zoo News, Published Oct/Nov 2006 issue, by Nicholas Gould
"The story of Harriet, the Galapagos tortoise who died at Australia Zoo in June this year at the estimated age of 175, is subjected to scholarly scrutiny by David S. Lee in a recent article [Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 41 (9), 161—165].
For years media reports have described Harriet as ‘Charles Darwin’s tortoise’ and ‘one of the world’s oldest living animals’. Mr Lee’s researches shed serious doubt on the first of these claims but, surprisingly, give some grounds for believing the second

Harriet was about 175!

by Ha-ha-er

The Truth About ‘Darwin’s Tortoise’ (Harriet estimated age 175)
Reprinted with Permission of International Zoo News, Published Oct/Nov 2006 issue, by Nicholas Gould
"The story of Harriet, the Galapagos tortoise who died at Australia Zoo in June this year at the estimated age of 175, is subjected to scholarly scrutiny by David S. Lee in a recent article [Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 41 (9), 161—165].
For years media reports have described Harriet as ‘Charles Darwin’s tortoise’ and ‘one of the world’s oldest living animals’. Mr Lee’s researches shed serious doubt on the first of these claims but, surprisingly, give some grounds for believing the second

Galapagos Islands, Surveyed by Captain Fitzroy, HMS Beagle, 1836 - 24"x36" Poster
Single Detail Page Misc ()
  • 24 x 36 poster
  • Shipped in mailing tube to prevent bending
Smithmark Pub The Voyage of Charles Darwin
Book (Smithmark Pub)
Heritage Press, 1957 The Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During The Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle)
Book (Heritage Press, 1957)

FAQ

Sydney
What was alfred tennyson's influnces on his poetry?

It depends which poems you're reading... In Memorian is influenced by debates in evolutionary science. When this poem was initially written, Charles Darwin had been on his voyage on the Beagle to the south Pacific, but he had not yet compiled his tremendous book On Natural Selection. Nevertheless, scientific debate was lively. Tennyson was also interested in the medieval period, especially the stories of King Arthur and the knights of the round table (and their ladies, too). He had read Mallory's Morte D'Arthur and was interested in improving on Mallory's poem.

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Dora
How did the photographer Julia margaret cameron impact history?

She took photos of famous people such as Alfred Tennyson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Charles Darwin.

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