August 10, 2009

Herbarium treasures

Here are a few more photos I took at the Herbarium - School of Botany - University of Melbourne. I am absolutely smitten, when I see these old specimens. I always have to think about the collector - who went walking, found them, brought them back, flattened them, stuck them on a piece of paper, put their information on a little card, kept them in great condition, only for me to take them out of their amazing old cupboard, untie the lovely pink ribbon and marvel at them (some of them) 80-100 years later. I never seem to get tired looking at these.

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