Margareta Pertl has been a botanical illustrator for 20 years. She lives in Vienna and Dublin, but spends much of her time traveling to places where she can capture the likeness of the plant world.
Margareta Pertl spends a good portion of her time traveling around the world looking for the flowers she wants to illustrate.
Botanical illustration offers greater scope to capture the depth of detail than even the most high-tech photography.
Painting plants helps to generate a deeper awareness of the environment in which we live.
Although botanical illustration has been used for centuries, it shows no sign of becoming an obsolete form of documentation.
The plant kingdom comes to life in a whole other way when recorded on paper.
Madagascar is home to a whole range of orchids and is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.
As plant species continue to disappear, often before they have even been named, botanical illustration proves a vital recording tool.
Getting the roots right is an important part of the job for a botanical illustrator.
Animal poetry is political, says Mikael Vogel. In his poetry collection "Dodos On The Run" he questions man's responsibility for the mass extinction of animals in plain words.
Iguanas have arrived in the Sunshine State and are marching north, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Conservationists are hoping the human population might start to recognize these striking reptiles as food.
Yellow-spotted river turtle eggs are a delicacy in Peru. Communities who once collected the eggs to eat themselves are now selling them for ever higher prices, pushing the turtles to the brink of extinction.
Berlin may seem like a concrete jungle but nature is everywhere if you'd only look. That's what one nonprofit in the German capital wants to show kids with free learning material, so they can help protect the planet.
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