Thursday, June 30, 2011

In our temporary quarters, the Herbarium processing area is right behind my desk

Mostly on Tuesdays, but sometimes on Thursdays, volunteers process dried specimens. I enjoy listening to them. Today on my way in at the end of the day Carol stopped me to show off some cool California Oaks they were mounting. I remember the process from school, and one summer that I spent collecting specimens for the University of Maryland herbarium. Sometimes they turn out like works of art, other times like rudely mashed plant pieces. These Oaks have mostly small leaves and so make great specimens. I always enjoy seeing them post gluing with the variety of aluminum weights holding them in place.

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