Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Gentleman Naturalist.

My gentleman naturalist persona got a boost this week.

I've been designing a vest that will hold my compass, x-acto knife, fountain pen, and so on. But a vest is fitted and structured, and without a sewing machine or a pattern it is beyond me. But Casey passed along this awesome classy vest. Actually it is so classy and fits so poorly that I might have him try it on to see if a small alteration would make it wearable for him. If not, I will cut it all up and fill it with pockets and wear it everywhere and be the fanciest naturalist. 
I gathered these in Vermont. The green one is serpentine, I think the white one is quartz, and I don't know what the black one is so I have to hang up my naturalist hat. We thought it might be mica because it sparkles. I was thinking I could have a rock collection sorted by region, and then when I go places I could bring back a rock for my rock album. 
 At the San Francisco airport there is an exhibit about microscopes through the ages. I liked them since they were brass and lenses, but I was extremely excited to see the way these specimens were displayed. Each wooden strip is like a glass microscope slide except it's for opaque things. The sign said the specimens include dolphin scale, seeds, thistles, mosses, corals, and minerals. Wooden slides like that will be super easy to make the next time I have drill press access. I could gather specimens when I go letterboxing or traveling, and keep track of them in a little leather log book.


flyingvan said...

I'm cutting rocks into tiles with a wet saw I bought for $50 on Craigslist. I want to collect a rock from each state and cut the shape of that state out from a rock from that state, then assemble my map as shower tiles or something.

flyingvan said...

This is something else we use every day at work. There's all these rules that change at sunset so our night vision checklist has every day's official sunset time listed