Thursday, January 20, 2011

a special book or two

you may have caught on to my passion for books (ha!) but maybe not to my passion for field guides and natural history books. old ones, especially. the dedication of natural historians amazes me. they take their time. they look. they listen. they look and listen more. they record with pencil and paints. 
at school we take the students to job sites three times a week. one of our sites is a library.  each year we help with the friends of the library book sale, we sort, arrange, and after it's over box potentially salable books and throw away many, many others. it's painful to throw books out. i retrieve a few that the library is happy to donate to us. and i'm happy any time a student wants a book. (maybe they'll read it.)
who knew anyone would study these?
apparently pollen loads on bees can be color traced.
look at those reds! 
and blues. and i'm not sure, but i think she painted these! possibly not, but they are wonderful, thick paint chips.
 dorothy hodge traced these pollen loads by color to their flower sources. by season. 
and now i wonder about the pigments in pollen! 
she painted and drew all kinds of color chips and bees and pollens.
and another cool book
such treasure!
more pollen loads.

18 comments:

Valerianna said...

Wow! I LOVE the pollen loads.... a stunning array of paint chips. I've been trying to land on the PERFECT color to paint my upstairs, I think one of those greens would be wonderful. Now, I wonder if Benjamin Moore has a pollen load color schemes chart for me to pull from?

onesmallstitch said...

oh my. Who would have thought,pollen colour coded to the blossoms. The colour chips are marvellous. I, too am a bookaholic but this year I'm going to cull some. Otherwise there is no room for new ones and that wouldn't do.

Velma said...

the pollen book is stunning. and i keep acquiring more books, no matter how many i weed out. sigh. it's like having a really cool library, sometimes, and others? like a tidal wave!

iNdi@na said...

this is really thrilling stuff!!

Margaret Braun said...

Outstanding! What a TREASURE! I've got to tell my beekeeper friend! She'll love this!

jude said...

oh this is too good to be true, calling by brother!

Velma said...

don't we all know a naturalist who would love this? and me, i love it mightily!

ronnie said...

mighty mighty yummy stuff (as a bee or book girlie would say!)

Fiona Dempster said...

Fabulous! Such dedication, passion and knowledge. And what a special treasure to keep!

Uschi said...

Hello Velma,
I'm popping in from India's site:
Sometimes we stand in front of our hives and watch the bees coming home with some strange coloured stuff...We're always so curious and the colours so beautiful...this book is a jewel!!

neki desu said...

colored pollen!!the blues are exciting.

Fiona said...

I am over awed by the work and dedication that must have gone into compiling those pollen charts. I wish I had a passion like that.

Velma said...

i think this kind of attention to detail of such an obscure thing is what makes this book so wonderful.

kaite said...

how absolutely extraordinary, pollen in different colours, and that nectar gatherer is a really handsome critter. k.

Deb G said...

Really, really love this.... Books, I've decided that as long as they bring me joy, there is no such thing as too many!

Jennifer said...

Wow! And to think I have only ever noticed bees laden with yellows & oranges. Looking forward to spring when they'll be out again! I am glad you are saving those books, protecting them really!

Velma said...

and i think why ever are pollen loads loaded with color???

Susan said...

Hi Velma.

these books! I collect nature theme books too - but these you have shown are something else. those swatches - who knew

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