• The Beauty and Poetry of Chinese Gardens

    The Beauty and Poetry of Chinese Gardens

    Imagine the beautifully delicate pinkish white blossom of the flowering plum tree, the rustling of bamboo, ancient trees and rocks and the reflections of plants and of the moon in tranquil water. These are some of the elements which we associate with Chinese gardens. The origins of Chinese civilisation are lost in the mists of

  • The Hummingbird

    The Hummingbird

    It is hard to believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs especially the tiny hummingbird . However, more and more scientists are beginning to believe that it is true. Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world and only found in the Western Hemisphere from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. They were called joyas voladores,

  • Capturing Nature’s Beauty

    Capturing Nature’s Beauty

    Beauty through the lens of a wildlife photographer By Richard P. Fray Once you have caught the wildlife ‘bug’, there’s simply no letting go. The appetite for learning is instantly awakened; it grows and grows and never stops. There are always new species to see, new facts to be learned. But the relentless quest to

  • Beauty and the Natural World

    Capturing Nature’s Beauty Richard Fray: Richard is a wildlife photographer living in Tucson, Arizona. He is is entranced by the beauty he finds in nature and takes some absolutely riveting photographs. Read about his work and see some of his photographs here. He also supplied the photographs for our web page on Hummingbirds. The Aquarium

  • Trees


    Tree are the largest of all living plants and are the oldest of all known living things. Babies and small children are often entranced by the beauty of trees and many are occupied for ages lying in their prams looking up at the waving branches. Older children like to climb trees and build tree houses.

  • The Orchid

    The Orchid

    Humans, as do many animals and insects, have an innate capacity to find flowers beautiful. This seems to have evolved in us in response to one of the evolved functions of flowers which is to provide information about the plant. Our appreciation of the beauty of flowers may well be innate or instinctive and be