Thursday, March 17, 2011

Aquilegia (Columbine)

Aquilegia (Columbine ; from Latin columba "dove") is a genus of about 60-70 species * of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers.

* Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Three-Story Tsunami

Photograph from Kyodo/Reuters

A three-story tsunami obscures all but treetops as it roars into Natori, Japan, on Friday—about the same height as the largest waves seen during the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands in late 2004.

Tsunamis have been known to surge vertically as tall as 100 feet (30 meters). Most tsunamis cause the sea to rise no more than 10 feet (3 meters).