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.
What's the difference between a weed and a plant survivor? Anne Percoco and Ellie Irons have been exploring that question through species found on wasteland in New York. With some exciting results.
Sometimes animals are named after celebrities and politicians to draw attention to the creature's plight in the wild. But on certain occasions, it's just because they bear a striking resemblance to their namesake.
As Cuba mourns the death of Fidel Castro, a pioneering reforestation project that evolved into a UNESCO reserve and unique eco-community showcases both the country's socialist heritage, and its future challenges.
Deforestation, agricultural expansion and fires have destroyed nearly 60 percent of the world's most biologically rich savanna, the Cerrado. Global Ideas views the region in pictures.
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