Botany

The Shoemaker Taxonomist

By Audrey Clark- Inside the eight-foot tall olive-green metal cabinet are stacks of black, sturdy shoeboxes. Inside these are small cardboard boxes decorated with Victorian-style script announcing that they contain the finest buttons and sewing needles. These little boxes hold hundreds of dried mushrooms with brittle, yellowed tags looped around them, labeled in the faded,… Continue reading The Shoemaker Taxonomist

Discoveries, Natural Destinations

The Charisma of the Drab

By Audrey Clark - Wandering down Boulevard Saint Germain near Notre Dame in Paris, I passed a store window filled with insect specimens on display. The stylish sign read Claude et Nature (Claude and Nature). I veered into the store, astonished that such a place exists. A small stuffed bison (small for a bison, that… Continue reading The Charisma of the Drab