The numbers are in: 8 mountains in 2 weeks, 540 plants on ice, 200+ miles traveled, over 10 different herps encountered (including 1 rattlesnake), hundreds of pictures, two sore calves, and this one great shot of Micranthes petiolaris on a cliff.
these days are often filled with waiting and wondering. But when the first miracles appear, oh how we dream and soar of the possibilities.
If you're like me, you love these handy little notebooks for the lab and field, but where do you put the pen? Frustrated with losing my pens in my backpack, in the field, anywhere, I searched and searched for a simple solution. Some involved duct tape (sloppy), others were luxuries (Quiver), and some suggested wrapping the ribbons around the pen. I wanted more, but simpler. A simple little papercraft hack was needed. so after a few moments of thinking, I came up with the papercraft below. Now you can be awesome too, and keep your pen handy. US Letter and A4 sizes. Enjoy!
After an early summer of much phenology and morphology studies in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont, I had a great time helping teach Genetic Conservation of Salamanders in the Highlands of NC, with JJ Apodaca (Warren Wilson College, NC). At that time I found a new population of Hydatica that can be studied and am excited about such remote conditions and its influence on the genes. Then more botanizing happened in the woods before a much needed family vacation - it was great to disappear and see the US by road trip! I am now finalizing our treatment of Hydatica shealyi mcmillan & cushman before final publication. This coming fall I get to teach some botany labs and I hope to finish my collections and extractions for the GBS work in the spring. Lot's to do!