Spent the morning taking some photographs and enjoying the few hours of sunlight before the sky turns grey.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Summer is finally here and it just so happens to be perfect for my week off from school. I'm excited to update my etsy shop with some new pieces and cook lots of delicious meals! I'm also going to spend the week watching Alys Fowler videos and collecting flowers and plants from around my neighborhood for pressing and identifying. I recently picked up one of her books, The Edible Garden, so I can begin a tiny one of my very own. The book has tons of useful information and beautiful pictures to go along with it. I may order some seeds today...can't wait to start on it!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Today in the lab I came across these old resin castings of different types of cones. I wish I had some of these in my house! So cool! Perhaps I will try to make some, although the cycads may be hard to find.
Cycads are cone bearing gymnosperms that look similar to palm trees but aren't related. They grow very slowly, live extremely long lives (1,000 years!), and are rarely seen in cultivation. Their most fascinating quality is that they are considered to be living fossils and have changed very little since the Jurassic period.
Perhaps the most easily recognizable cones from the confer group are those of Pinus. Like the cycads above, the trees produce two cones: male and female. The male cones are composed of pollen, and the female cones carry the seeds.
|Cycad cones: young and mature male on the left and young and mature female cross section on the right. |
|Pine cones: male to the left and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year female to the right|