Nature Collecting

Racoon skull, fox skull, armadillo and tortoise shell.

I haven't had the opportunity to post recent events here lately because my plate has been full (in a good way). Finally got a chance to upload photos of fun adventures during Dendrology class, my birdwatching trip to Tybee Island with Augusta-Aiken Audubon, and more!

Photos of those events are posted here: Grateful Naturalist Photo Gallery

The photos within this post are examples of how I study. I am thankful to my sweet nature pals that lovingly understand me and keep their eyes open.....helping me to spot out and collect cool nature finds.
Labeling nature finds and creating flashcards of scientific names for our weekly "study list" assignments.

Nature collection that I am in the process of labeling.

They also don't get grossed out by my bag of bones and skulls. Guess I'm sort of a Morticia Addams. (laughs!)  Students enjoy it when I share these cool finds and research information with them.

Cleaning my nature finds with soap and water.

Allowing the skulls and shells to soak overnight in hydrogen peroxide.

My Plant Press
In an older post, I shared my love of leaf pressing and ways of doing it. (See Preserving leaves and flowers.)  I am thrilled to find this large press at a thrift shop for only $4.00. (Can also be used for bookbinding and papermaking.) I feel that some folks passed it by not realizing what it was. A small press along that style costs $120.  A large press such as the one that I found can double that. Needless to say, I'm a happy camper!

Thank you for visiting!  Sending out love vibes and hope that everyone has an awesome week.