Art and science go together like a hand and glove.
As a child Dr. Larry Fowke constructed a light microscope using a block of wood and the lens from a penlight bulb. This simple instrument unlocked a new and exciting world of tiny organisms and cells. His early fascination with microscopes became a central theme in my scientific career as a biology professor and microscopist. With the light microscope he has explored and recorded the world of cells and tiny organisms using a variety of optical systems including polarized light and fluorescence microscopy. To probe within cells he used the transmission electron microscope, an instrument that reveals their internal compartments and to view the surfaces of cells, tissues and organs, he used the scanning electron microscope.
Larry has always been fascinated by the natural beauty of the world around me. With his trusty 35 mm camera he has been able to record some of its beauty and explore the living organisms that inhabit it, insects, plants and animals. He has been particularly interested in the wildlife and scenery of the prairies but has also collected images from across Canada and around the world.
Go to www.fowkeart.com to see the beautiful images Dr. Larry Fowke has captured.
Artwork by Lynn Tupper (nee Fowke)
Lynn Tupper is an accomplished artist. She resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband Doug.
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Sally Go Round the Sun by Edith Fowke
Fowke was educated at the University of Saskatchewan. She hosted the CBC Radio program Folk Song Time from 1950 to 1963. She wrote numerous books in collaboration with folklorist and composer Richard Johnston, including Folk Songs of Canada (Waterloo Music Company 1954), Folk Songs of Quebec (Waterloo 1957), Chansons canadiennes françaises (Waterloo 1964), and More Folk Songs of Canada (Waterloo 1967). She is particularly noted for recording the songs of traditional singers O. J. Abbott, LaRena Clark, and Tom Brandon. Edith Fowke died in Toronto in 1996.
To hear some of her folk music, go to Songs and Games of Canadian Children