In April 1825, Scottish botanist/explorer/all around good guy David Douglas came ashore to the Pacific Northwest for the first time. David Douglas is a hero of mine, and if you like plants and the pacific northwest and adventures, you should definitely read his biography The Collector. Anyway, he came over as a representative of the Royal Horticultural Society to explore and discover specimens of regional plants for western science. He sailed all the way around the tip of South America with a bunch of fur traders and they landed at what is affectionately called Cape Disappointment, located at the southmost point of what is now Washington. His boat scraped up on shore and he jumped out and immediately began inspecting and identifying plants, noting at first and overwhelmingly the abundance of salal and sword fern.
This is me at Cape Disappointment yesterday. It was exciting and peculiar to be able to look at all the rocky outcropping and all the salal and all the sword fern and know that these are the same rocks and cliffs my hero looked upon, and this is the same environment he observed. (Different organisms of course, but the same species make-up.)
I don’t care much for school, but I love learning. And a reward of learning is to be able to walk the footsteps of the men and women I admire and to be aware of it. Yesterday was a good day.
Staghorn Fern. cool, right? Just a suspended, self-sufficient ball of weird looking plant.
Found this tiny, low-growing wildflower in SE Alaska. From above it just looks like a small white star. Can anyone help me identify it?
Moneses uniflora // single delight. Thank you foucaultscat, as always!
mitosis in a Lillium cell from my botany lab. see the little chromosomes?
leaf formations to learn for HOR228
sagittaria, also known as katniss. (just finished reading the first hunger games book.)