|Fruit and nut specimen boxes-ingenious for a 9 year old don't you think?|
My folks have been cleaning out their attic, so when a couple of boxes made their way to our house they weren't met with the kind of jubilation that one would expect due to such a great treasure-trove from my childhood. Within the boxes were rows of drawers divided into specimen slots for acorns, pine cones, seeds, and other bearings from trees. The drawers and slots were all keyed back to the scrapbook in which my leaf collection was kept. The book, easily 6" thick with more than 100 specimens, found its way to our house a few years ago.
I can't say that I would consider myself a botanist. A tree person-yes. I remember a walk through Potato Creek with an environmental class from Bethel College during which time the ranger asked questions to test our knowledge of trees. Before long it became just a dialogue between myself and the ranger, stumping even the professor. What can I say....I know my trees, I'm just a geek that way.
|My son and his buddies around a sycamore on a camping trip|